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THE MICA BOOK THREE-PART DEMONSTRATION with Daniel Essig August 28, 29 & 30, 1 – 3 PM


with Daniel Essig
Virtual Three-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
August 28, 29 & 30 | 1:00-3:00 ET
Mica also called bookstone is a silicate mineral found throughout the world. You will learn to use and recognize both natural and composite forms of mica by exploring various techniques that emphasize its unique qualities. Daniel will teach an elegant 4th century Coptic binding that has withstood the test of time for its flexibility and strength. You will have opportunity to work back into your book, creating niches and alcoves to house and protect treasures, images, and words. 


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Purchase includes a material fee that covers items shipped by Daniel Essig. You can find the list of additional supplies you will need to bring to the workshop here.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask Daniel questions. Participants will have access via Zoom to viewing the recorded demonstration  for two weeks.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.
Daniel Essig was born in St Louis Missouri, studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School of Craft and the University of Iowa. After 20 years as a Grovewood studio artist in Asheville North Carolina, he has recently moved to Penland North Carolina where he has built a studio along the North Toe river. Daniel Essig lectures and offers workshops at book centers, craft schools, colleges, artist retreats as well as privately. Dan has created wooden and sculptures books for over 25 years. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian Renwick Museum, University of California Santa Cruz, McHenry Library, Special Collections and the Topeka Public library. Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books.