make a zine!

Pearl City Clay House is excited to announce a series of FREE community workshops at the Prendergast Library,  funded by the Murray L. Bob Educational Initiative.

The second of these workshops, to create a zine, will take place on June 7th.

What IS a zine?

ZINE (n): pronounced “zeen” A zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches.  Zines are created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced—often by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and stapling the pages into simple pamphlets.  Zines may also be sewn, taped, glued—or even exist in unbound and other non-folio formats.  The main rule is that there are no rules! Zines can touch on a variety of topics from music and art, to politics, sexuality, humor and personal memoir.  Their content may be written, drawn, printed, collaged, or any other form of combining words and imagery—a zine’s structure may be narrative, journalistic, comic-like, or completely abstract.

Our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, will guide participants as they learn a little about the history of zines, examine a few examples from her collection, and experiment with a variety of single sheet folded book forms, and a simple sewn structure. Then we will dive in, and using drawing, collage, and mixed media techniques, we will create one. The evening will culminate in copying and sharing our zines with each other in a zine swap.

While the events are free, space is limited, and you must register by calling 716-484-7135, ext. 226 or by emailing 

Recycle a hardback book

Join our resident paper and book artist, Deb Eck, and learn how to turn an old hardback book into a fun and functional journal. In class Deb will cover how to reinforce and decorate your up-cycled cover, how to measure for new pages, and make sure the grain is correct so they lay flat and are nice to use. We’ll talk about other inclusions, and wrap it all up with a demonstration of three styles of sewing – pamphlet, Coptic and French link stitch – that can be used to put your unique journal together.

A full supply list will be sent upon registration.

Space is very limited so BOOK NOW!

Class Guide

  • Root

    Beginner level classes suitable for everyone.

  • Shoot

    Ready for a little more of a challenge?

    These classes build on skills from root level classes – but may still be suitable for those with little experience. Not sure if the class is for you, just ask us.

  • Bloom

    Get ready to REALLY grow your skills!

    Classes for students with experience. Our teaching artists will identify what skills you should already have. If you are unsure if a class is for you, please ask, we’d be happy to help you!