Kalligraphia print.

I have a calligraphy piece now on display at the Main Library here in S.F. as part of the Kalligraphia exhibit (on the 6th floor). This is my first print and I look forward to doing many more!  It is an intaglio linocut.

Its text (in Latin) is in Spencerian script with Baroque flourishes and reads:

Semper Maneat Roſa Buddharum Dulcis et Bona.

translation: “May the rose of (the) Buddhas, sweet and good, remain forever.” Note the use of the long-s letterform.

Some people ask “Why Latin?” Latin is the classic language of Western Civilization, and was widely used for writing and communications in science, religion, law, history, poetry, medicine. philosophy, and other important subjects, up to around 1800. In using Latin, I’m recognizing that part of our heritage and carrying it on. And, now that the deep wisdom of the Dharma is (belatedly) arriving in the West, it is so appropriate that it should be written about in the West’s classic language.

As regular visitors to this blog know, the Baroque era was the most magnificent period in the entire history of calligraphy.

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Next Pointed Pen Club Office Hour

I’ve scheduled the next pointed pen club ‘office hour’ for Thursday, April 9, from 6:30pm – 8pm.

I’ll be at the Jebena coffee shop, 990 Polk St. (at Geary). The best way to get there is to take the 38 bus (west/east along Geary/O’farrell) or the 19 bus (north/south along Polk).

Look for the “Calligraphy Club Office Hour” sign

Testing international letters:
e accent É
n tilde ñ
a long mark ā
m dot below
AE combination Æ

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Change of Teaching Policy

In November 2012, voters approved Proposition E, which drastically increases license taxes for small businesses in San Francisco — including those on small hobby-businesses like calligraphy teaching practices.  This much higher tax, effective July 1, 2014, makes it no longer worthwhile for me to promote giving lessons, or teach calligraphy as part of my livelihood in San Francisco.

So, I decided to respond by not renewing my business license, so as to deprive the city government of that tax, and offer lessons gratis after June 30, 2014.

This obviously is going to necessitate a shift in my teaching practice.  Students will need to purchase their own supplies (I won’t be keeping an inventory of supplies to give out to students anymore) and to show real dedication to the art to keep me enthused to work with him or her for free.  I’ll be asking (but not requiring) a donation to a charity in lieu of teaching fees.  And people will need to download (and print, if they wish) my handouts rather than my getting copies printed for them.

I’ll continue to research calligraphy and periodically send out pointed pen club newsletters to let you know of discoveries and developments, as well as hold office hours for motivated students.

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Calligraphy classes update

The Spencerian calligraphy classes at Urban Bazaar will be taking a hiatus.  The teacher is taking some time off to pursue other teaching opportunities, and to work on revising the curriculum, course structure, and handout materials.  It is anticipated that the classes might start up again possibly in late 2014.

Meanwhile, the individual lessons course will still be available!! — see the “Lessons” tab for more details, and use the “Contact” form for inquiries about signing up for individual lessons.

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December Workshops at Urban Bazaar

Hey everyone,

Here are the upcoming calligraphy workshops at Urban Bazaar:

Session 1’s: December 4 and December 11, 7pm – 9:30pm

Session 2: December 17, 7pm – 9:30pm

For complete workshop descriptions, details, and to get your ticket, go to the Urban Bazaar Class and Workshop Site.

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February workshop totally sold out – again!

Once again, February’s calligraphy workshop is completely filled up!  What a smart and talented group of 8 students showed up for it.  And now there is even a waiting list for future workshops!

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November workshop sold out!

November’s calligraphy workshop completely sold out – 2nd month in a row.  Who would have guessed there would be such a huge demand for pointed pen calligraphy, Spencerian script no less, in San Francisco?

We had the first session on Wednesday with 8 super eager and talented students.

Plans are in the works for a January workshop.  Stay tuned.

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