North Bennet Street School, the only American institution offering a full-time, two-year course of study in hand bookbinding, announces that Sally Key has joined the school staff as the instructor in the bookbinding program. She arrived just before classes started in September, having taught a two-week course in non-adhesive structures at Penland School of Crafts in late August. She has barely had a chance to catch her breath, but classes are well underway.
After earning a B.A. in Fine Arts at Grinnell College, Sally began her work with books at the University of Iowa, where she received her M.L.S. in 1987. Shortly after that, she became an apprentice bookbinder for more than five years under the direction of William Anthony and then Pamela Spitzmueller at the same university. Most recently, she spent an internship year at West Dean College in England, working with Christopher Clarkson and David Dorning. In addition to her work in these programs, she has done other book repair and conservation work at the University of Iowa Libraries and the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Before this summer's teaching at Penland, while she was in her apprenticeship, she taught bookbinding courses in the Continuing Education Program at the University of Iowa. She had also served as a teaching assistant in the Writing Lab.
Sally likes the opportunity to teach both conservation practice and bookbinding to students who may choose one direction or the other after completing the NBSS program.