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Clamshell Box Making


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Sunday 4th July
10.00am - 5.00pm
Tutor  Lucy May Schofield

Coronavirus Update: This course will be running with reduced numbers and new social distancing, hygiene and safety measures in place [as of 6th May].

During this one-day course, Lucy will guide you through hand crafting a clamshell box. As perfect vessels to house a collection of prints or a special book edition, the process of creating boxes is both skilled and satisfying.

This course provides participants with the confidence and ability to construct made to measure bespoke drop-back boxes from grey-board and book-cloth. You will be guided step-by-step through the techniques to measure, cut, construct, sand and cloth cover a beautiful clamshell box.

The day will introduce you to making a clamshell box with materials Lucy has prepared in advance. Working together with grey board, rayon book cloth and decorative papers you will create a one off handmade box to house an A6 size series of prints or books.

Course structure

  • Introduction and example
  • Learn about grey board and paper grain direction, measuring, cutting, sanding and gluing
  • Construct the tray structures and cover in book cloth following cutting template
  • Measure, cut and make the cover boards to house the trays
  • Cover with book cloth and line with decorative papers
  • Case in trays

About the Tutor

Lucy May Schofield studied BA Print Media at London College of Printing before being awarded a two year Arts Council funded residency at Manchester School of Art. In 2015 Schofield was joint recipient of a grant from the British Council to exhibit a collaborative work at the IMPACT 9 Printmaking Conference. She has undertaken artist residencies in Japan, Iceland, California, Scotland and is currently based in rural Northumbria as part of a year long artist residency programme with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities). Schofield’s work has been recently exhibited at The Manchester Contemporary, Art Toronto and The London Art Fair.

Drawn to isolated places and spaces that are at once remote or time extending, Schofield is interested in exploring how spaces impact on our sense of dislocation or belonging. Her practice explores language, impermanence, vulnerability and belonging in terms of the cultural narratives we inhabit. 

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.