THE BALDESSIN PRESS & STUDIO
The Baldessin Press is a unique bluestone etching studio, located 50 kilometres from Melbourne in the natural bushland of St Andrews. Originally built by George Baldessin (1938-1978), one of Australia's most renowned printmakers. With the initiative of Tess Edwards-Baldessin, his studio and presses have been restored and now operate as a non-profit co-operative, offering studio access, editioning for artist and workshops in all forms of traditional as well as contemporary etching practice. Within Australia, The Baldessin Press stands alone in the specialisation of Photogravure printmaking. Silvi Glattauer introduced the process and has been offering workshops in photogravure since early 2003 with much success, attracting photographers and printmakers from around Australia. The Press is equipped with a vacuum exposure unit, essential for accurate and effective gravure plate making as well as two etching presses. The Baldessin Press operates in memory of George Baldessin's passion and commitment to artists and printmakers. With the introduction of photogravure printmaking, the studio is continuing to foster his philosophy for innovation and experimentation in all forms of etching.