Fuse Press is located within a series of adorable row houses. We are the yellow house in the center of our row. Our neighbors live in the houses surrounding the studio, so we ask all visitors to keep noise at a minimum.
Look for our brand above the door.
Printmaking studio, 1st floor
We are a fully functioning printmaking studio. Our Wright Press (we have named Esta), is a combination , electronic press with a bed size of 27” x 48”. We are set up for ferric chloride in the basement for copper plates. If you prefer zinc, we can easily set up with Ready Etch. Our water tray can accomodate 22’ x 30” piece of paper. We have a hot plate and a blotting paper section. We have flat file storage and woodblock/plate storage.
Drawing and planning
Our adjustable, electronic drafting table is Andy’s favorite studio equipment. Equiped with magnifying glass light, rubber cover, and foot control adjusting.
Esta: the Wright combination motorized press
We have adjustable drying racks that can be pulled out when needed or stored flat against the wall when not in use. Prints can hang straight to dry, 16 at a time.
There is plenty of spce for drawing, cutting, tearing, and inking.
Andy Au: Fuse owner and artists
Andy at work at his drafting table. Copper is our favored metal. We have roofing quality plates through local outlets. The vertical tank for Ferric Chloride is the basement.
We always have Gamblin and Graphic Chemical inks on site. We have a series fo brayers, from large litho, to small hand-held. Artists visiting will have to supply the ink needed to complete the project, unless otherwise agreed upon.
Jennifer Purdum, Owner and artist
Our studio is located in the historic neighborhood, OTR, or Over-the Rhine.
You can see the beautiful Music Hall from our second floor. We are in the heart of Cincinnati, steps away from the street car, Washington Park, and endless number of bistros and bars. Any artist who chooses to stay with us will also be walking distance to art stores, the C.A.C and the 21-C Hotel Museum.
Kitchen at Fuse
We renovated our studio with visitng artists in mind. On the first floor, artists will have access to a fully functioning kitchen. Stove, small refrigerator, dishes, pots and pans, french press, and single cup, (re-usable filter) coffee maker and plenty of storage. Artists can stock up with food for the kitchen, or simply walk out the door to find an endless number of cuisine choices. Fuse is happy to supply the kitchen with the basics, otherwise, the visiting artists can shop at our local outdoor market, Fidlay Market for your day -to day needs.
Art Library and resources
We love books! Please peruse our art books while at your stay at Fuse Press. We easliy have hundred of books, on Printmaking and our favorite artists and exhibitions. Can’t remember a specific printmaking technique, just use our library. Our library is quite small compared to Cincinnati’s world class library just steps away from OTR. The library can supliment your tech needs. The maker space supplies laser printers, 3-D printers, laser cutters, book binding and printing.
Storage in the Studio.
We have a flat file for you during your stay. You can store your prints and paper in your own flat file. The studio has many of the consumables you will need: newsprint, solvents, tub-O-Towels. Each artist will have to work out paper, ink and matrix needs prior to your visit. Each artist will have to purchase a certain amount of what they need to complete their project, this will be worked out individually prior to your visit.
There is one full bathroom in the studio, located on the second floor. A bathtub, shower, toilet and sink are all available to the visitiing artists during the stay. Towels, shampoo, hand soap toilet paper. It is not a private bathroom, but there is plenty of storage available in the bathroom for all of your toiletries. We do not have washer and dryer at the studio.
Fuse has a small courtyard behind the studio, which leads to the garage, our wood shop. The courtlyard is very private, sunny lovely place to take a break.