Japanese Papermaking

Instructor: Mary Ashton

Japanese paper is made up of the inner bark fibers of traditional plants. This fiber is soaked, cooked, rinsed and traditionally hand beaten to form the paper pulp. The long fibers are layered to form a sheet of paper using a different process than traditional Western made paper. The result is a fine, translucent long fibered paper with some distinct qualities. It is strong, good for calligraphy, printing, book arts, three-dimensional work and much more. All aspects of fiber preparation will be covered in this class. Three traditional fibers will be used: Abaca, Kozo, Gampi. Basic equipment needed for future work will be discussed.

Class fee covers fibers, additives and equipment use.


Note: Students will be working outside during part of the class so please dress according to the weather of the day. Class is held at the artist’s nearby papermaking studio. Map sent prior to class. No papermaking experience necessary.



  • towel
  • secure nonslip shoes
  • ideas, questions, enthusiasm
  • notebook and pencil
  • lunch, beverage of choice.

Price: $154.00

2 Sessions

Saturday & Sunday, June 14 & 15, 9:30am-4pm

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