Jeff Shay and Rebecca Gilbert: C. C. Stern Type Foundry

Metal Type -- How It's Made and Why It Matters

Website: C. C. Stern Type Foundry

We are in the midst of a resurgence of letterpress printing. While many printers are using photopolymer plates, there is a devoted group who still use "real" type. But even those printers rarely understand where that type comes from. At C.C. Stern we're keeping a collection of the machines that make type up and running. Our presentation will talk about those machines and why we feel it's important to preserve this legacy. Plus, we'll actually demonstrate hand casting type using a reproduction mould and matrix.

Jeff Shay, principal of Buzzworm Studios, Board Chair, C.C. Stern Type Foundry, has been making art for over 30 years. Jeff earned a BFA with Distinction (magna cum laude) from Art Center College of Design. He has taught a full range of printmaking techniques as a lab instructor at Art Center. Jeff acquired his first letterpress equipment in 1995 and has been collecting cast iron ever since. In 2010, he joined the Board of the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, where he works to restore, run and display the type casting machines that form the Foundry’s Museum of Metal Typography.

Rebecca Gilbert is a co-owner/operator at Stumptown Printers, and a founding member and former Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She has taught workshops on zine publishing, book making and letterpress printing at universities, colleges, primary & secondary schools and info centers around the United States. Rebecca Gilbert holds a BA degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a certificate for typecasting from Monotype University.