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SHY RABBIT printmaking workshop receives acclaim

The verdict is in.

Printmaking without a Press is officially one of SHY RABBIT’s most popular and highly-acclaimed workshop series, gaining in notoriety, with classes filling at an unbelievably fast pace.

WORK-Shops @ SHY RABBIT are held in one of two spacious and comfortable 1,000 square-foot mixed media studios and are instructed by professional artist D. Michael Coffee.

Coffee, has been teaching these classes since their inception in 2007 and continues to draw in new and repeat students from throughout the country. 

An enthusiastic participant in last weekend’s introductory Printmaking without a Press 1 workshop commented:

“This is the best thing I’ve ever done! I am so glad that I took this class.”

“The [printmaking] process is so simple, yet so complex.”

“The results are limitless. This is just so great!”

There are still two spaces remaining for the April session of introductory Printmaking without a Press 1 at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, but they won’t last long.

No previous experience is necessary for this introductory class. Dates and times as listed below.

Class size is kept small for individualized attention and advanced learning.

Intermediate and advanced levels are also available for students who would like to continue forward.

Call 731-2766 or e-mail if you are interested. Pre-registration is required.

For additional information on Coffee, please visit

Printmaking without a Press I

This introductory printmaking course will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days.

Course fee: $235; includes all necessary course materials, inks and paper.

Printmaking without a Press utilizes a unique hand-pressed printing process called “Reductive Ink,”™ designed and developed nearly 25 years ago by D. Michael Coffee.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of this unique printmaking technique, and will learn how it can replicate traditional printmaking processes without the use of harmful chemicals or expensive printmaking presses.

Students are provided with a materials list, and are encouraged to advance at their own pace by practicing this remarkable printmaking technique in the privacy of their own home.

Printmaking without a Press 1 is also designed for those with traditional printmaking experience and is geared to enhance existing skill levels in preparation for intermediate and advanced classes, if desired.

Coffee’s monotypes have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the country, and are included in dozens of national and international private and public corporations.

Basic Ceramic Techniques & Hand-Building I

This introductory hand-building workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. both days both days.

No previous experience required.

Course fee: $215; includes use of all required studio equipment, studio tools, misc. consumable materials, . of stoneware clay (additional clay can be purchased for $20 per 25 lbs.), studio glazes, and bisqu /glaze firings.

Each participant will also be provided with a basic starter tool-kit to keep for his or her own use after this course is completed.

This two-day introductory workshop focuses on hand forming, texturing and assembling clay, all without the use of a potter’s wheel or other equipment.

Students are introduced to coil, pinch and slab methods of construction, preparing them for continuing work in ceramics if desired.

Instructor D. Michael Coffee has been a professional ceramist for 15 years. His experience includes teaching college and private master courses; consulting; extensive studio work; kiln design and construction; firing expertise; and overseas ceramic study.

Coffee’s functional and sculptural ceramics have been shown in numerous solo, invitational and group exhibitions, and are included in hundreds of prestigious public and private collection throughout the world.

For a full course description or for more information regarding these or any of the workshops offered at SHY RABBIT, visit

For space availability or to register, contact Denise Coffee by calling 731-2766. Credit card payment accepted.

Online registration is also available for all workshops at:

For more information on SHY RABBIT, visit

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts; Gallery, Studio and Workshops is located at 333 Bastille Drive in Uptown Pagosa Springs; two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard; and west of the City Market complex.

The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

SHY RABBIT is currently open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no charge. Ample parking is available in front of the building.

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