Help CBAS Celebrate!

It’s the first anniversary of the CBAS studio! Join us to celebrate!
Essex Art Walk
Friday November 3 &
Saturday November 4
from 6-10PM 
Studio #164
@ the Essex
(parking in front and across the street)
Bring a special treat to share 
Let’s honor this milestone together!

Accordion Books: Variations on a Theme

Bookbinding Basics

Class #3

Accordion Books:  Variations on a Theme

Wednesday, November 8, 2017   6:00-9:00 p.m.

Studio 164, Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45206

Don’t let the simplicity of the basic accordion book fool you.  This versatile structure can be the foundation for a number of variations. 

You will take home several models that include accordions with wrapped board covers, pockets, signatures, and simple pop-up structures.

Instructor: Lou Kroner

Lou Kroner, longtime CBAS member and retired teacher, is the current Outreach Coordinator.  Besides books, he makes handmade papers from local plants and assemblages using his papers.


$25 CBAS members $35 non-members

Advance registration required. RSVP by Monday, November 6th.

Register online now! Class size is limited.

Questions? Contact






Tools and Tips workshop

Bookbinding Basics
Class #1
Tools and Tips (with One-Page Wonders)

$25 CBAS members $35 non-members
At the Cincinnati Book Arts Society Studio:Studio 164, Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45206, USA

Learn about the tools and materials used to make books. Experiment with basic techniques for working
with them, and find out what you need in your toolkit to get started as a bookbinder and book artist.
Finish out the class learning how to impress your friends and family making books from single sheets of

Instructors: Veronica Sorcher and Jessica Ebert
Veronica Sorcher, a lifelong book and paper addict, has been making handmade books since 2004, and
teaching binding techniques to Cincinnati Book Arts Society members and beyond since 2013.
Jessica Ebert has been making books since 2008 and loves making marbled paper, perhaps a little too
much. She is currently infatuated with modified long-stitch bindings, which she makes and sells on Etsy
( and at Essex Art Walks.

Questions? Contact

Register now! Class size is limited.



Inspired, Naturally!

If you missed the Valentine to Nature show at the Cincinnati Nature Center last winter, you can see much of the work on display at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center show, Naturally Inspired.

If you did see the Nature Center show, come to the new one anyway. There are many new and different works by CBAS members. The change in exhibition space makes for an entirely new-to-you show. Naturally Inspired is much larger, with plenty more wall space for non-book art.

The range is impressive. I had to look up words such as collagraph and kozo. This is usually the case for any CBAS show — everyone comes at book arts from a different perspective. Members are photographers, bookbinders, painters, textile artists, sculptors, weavers, writers, poets, paper makers, etc. This is a unique combination of talents you won’t find anywhere else in town.

A cool thing about the opening was that many of the artists were present. They answered questions and discussed the history of CBAS. If you missed it, fear not — the show runs thru June 2.

“Crossroads” by Mary Jo Flamm-Miller

“Elephant Walk” by Judy Folkenburg

“Grow” by Cecie Chewning

“Leaf” by Anne Skove

“Soar Portfolio” by Carol Lang

A Valentine (or Something) to Nature

Who wrote the book of love?

Not me. I’m apparently the only person who seemed to have written a Dear John letter to nature. The fact that a snake can fall from a tree — good lord, let’s stay within the safe, fun parameters of the zoo and museum. Nevertheless, the overall theme of looooovvvvve was followed by everyone else, and the results are spectacular!

If you missed the opening of this show at the Cincinnati Nature Center, do please visit before it closes on March 26. The exhibit is a testimony to CBAS’s artistic diversity — papermaking, printmaking, sculptural books, framed artwork, poetry, pop-up, and a set of tiny hanging books (sorry, could not get a decent photo of this amazing kinetic work by Cecie!).

The materials are even more diverse than their forms: orchid leaves, wire, a silicone book that resembles our gray Februarys, pine needles, paste paper, wood, snakeskin.

In short, you will LOVE these Valentines!