#5038 Wax Tablets, with Anne Covell - March 24 & 25

$ 250.00


A wax tablet is a thin hollowed slab, made of wood, ivory, or whalebone that is filled with a thin layer of beeswax that is used as a writing surface. Originally, these tablets were often made from wood and were small and unornamented, but after the 2nd century AD they were more commonly made from elaborately carved ivory. Wax tablets were typically written on with an instrument called a stylus, which was often made from metal or bone. The tool consisted of a pointed tip used for writing and a blunted end that when heated was used to re-melt the wax and scrape the plate clean.

Diptychs, triptychs, and tablets with multiple leaves were often used historically, as they were a simple way of increasing writing surface. In this workshop, students will create two wax tablets, each based upon common historic forms. The first will be a rectangular diptych made with two hollows filled with black beeswax and a third empty hollow housing a bronze stylus. The shape of the second tablet will be of the students' choosing. The stylus, formed from 1/8” bronze rod, will have a pointed tip that will be filed by hand, and a blunt rounded end that will be annealed and hammered into shape.    

Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25 from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be an additional material fee, due at the class.

About the Instructor | Anne Covell

Anne Covell received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied on an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book, as well as the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and can be seen in a growing number of special collections libraries and museums worldwide including the Yale University Arts Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Library of Chile. She currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Workshop Refund Policy: Students must submit a refund request at least 7 days before the start date of a class to be issued a full (100%) refund. Requests submitted between 7 days and the start date of a class will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued on the day a class begins, or following the first class (if it meets multiple times).

Classes missed by students cannot be refunded or rescheduled, and makeup classes will not be provided to students who miss a regularly scheduled class. Classes with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled prior to the first class. Every effort will be made to notify the student regarding cancellation within 3 days before the first class.

If BookArtsLA cancels the class, the student will receive a full refund.