I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Friday, May 14, 2010


I will be teaching another class on July 1st from 5:30-7:30 pm at Jerry's Artarama here in Raleigh. We will be learning the Uncial Hand which was the dominate book hand from the 3rd through the 8th centuries! It has stood the test of time and is still beautiful today. I love this hand. It is one of my favorites and I try to find ways to use it in my designs. I hope you will come and learn with me! This one is not intimidating, and it is FUN!


  1. Hi Kerr!
    Oh how I wish I could just snap my fingers and be up there at Jerry Artarama (they have LOTS of my money!)and take your Uncial class. I have taken lots of calligraphy classes but never one in Uncial. I know that it's not very hard but it's nice to have a teacher show you.
    And, you are right, I do get a lot done in a day but I work fast--that's all.

  2. well, martha, so good to hear from you! i wish you were here as well! yes, jerry's is addictive. i feel very fortunate indeed to have one right here in town. they have never had a calligrapher as one of their teachers, so i am thrilled. i love uncial. one of my favorites. if you are ever in raleigh or driving through, we could go together.