Professional Calligraphy & Design Studio

Established in 1982

About The Abbey Studio

Established in 1982, The Abbey Studio is a professional calligraphy & design studio located in Old Town Marblehead, Massachusetts. Using the same materials and techniques that have been employed by scribes for centuries, we transform your words of tribute into a work of art that will be treasured and admired for many years.

Our Location

Address: 84 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945 (Google Maps)

Phone: (781) 740-9000

Email: info@theabbeystudio.com

Studio Hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Monday: Closed

What We Do

No matter where you’re located, we can create captivating custom artwork for delivery worldwide:

  • Hand-lettered documents to recognize outstanding achievement, volunteer service, benefactors, retirement, distinguished service, and honorary degrees
  • Custom designed invitations
  • Personal gifts of poetry or scripture
  • Memorial tributes
  • One-of-a-kind, hand-lettered, hand-bound manuscript books
  • Commemorative books for occasions such as a wedding, a birth, a memorial, a retirement, or even a marriage proposal

What We Do

No matter where you’re located, we can create captivating custom artwork for delivery worldwide:

  • Hand-lettered documents to recognize outstanding achievement, volunteer service, benefactors, retirement, distinguished service, and honorary degrees
  • Custom designed invitations
  • Personal gifts of poetry or scripture
  • Memorial tributes
  • One-of-a-kind, hand-lettered, hand-bound manuscript books
  • Commemorative books for occasions such as a wedding, a birth, a memorial, a retirement, or even a marriage proposal

Learn With Us

For those interested in learning the craft of calligraphy and gold leaf illumination, we offer:

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Classes & Workshops

We offer online and in-person courses and workshops.

Book Trips

We visit museums, libraries and art foundations within the US and abroad to view illuminated manuscripts.

Classroom Abroad

Participants live as artists-in-residence with guided studio time.

Only the Best

Calligraphy Supplies

We also have a variety of calligraphy-related products and supplies available for purchase in our studio and online store.

About Maryanne Grebenstein

Maryanne Grebenstein is a professional calligrapher and owner of The Abbey Studio in Marblehead, MA.

She studied under Sheila Waters, Jeanyee Wong, Robert Boyajian and other notable calligraphers. She teaches workshops in calligraphy, manuscript gilding, and layout in her Marblehead studio/shop. She is a former teacher at North Bennet Street School, and a former Adjunct Professor at Massachusetts College of Art.

She is the author of Calligraphy: A Course in Hand Lettering and Calligraphy Bible, both published by Watson-Guptill.

In The News

Museum holds icon workshop

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Calligraphy is an ancient art, much more than fancy lettering on a wedding invitation. 

Illuminated Page

South Shore Living

In Medieval times, all books were hand-written by scribes using feather quilts and ink.

What Our Clients & Customers Say

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Ann S.

Recently Maryanne created a piece that was absolutely beautiful and very unique. I brought in a quote and asked Maryanne to come up with some sort of memorial for a mother that had lost her son to drugs, a piece she could hold, and read again and again as she worked through the loss of her son. Maryanne immediately understood what I was looking for and the final product was elevated into a cherished piece.  Maryanne is creative, thoughtful and inherently sensitive to her clients needs and I look forward to working with her again.

Lucas Saunders

I had to make a visit here to pick up a frame for work. Very nice studio in a very nice area. Maryanne helped me out with what I needed. Very professional and courteous. Even though I live an hour away, I would take the ride up again if I needed something done.

Didi

I highly recommend Calligraphy Intensive 1-2 with Maryanne.  The series is ideal for beginners and not-so-beginners who want to build a solid foundation in calligraphy and have great fun while developing such essential skills as making guidelines efficiently, using a light box in design and layout, and incorporating color and decorated capitals into work.  I also loved copying historical manuscripts to learn and improve six lettering hands.  Maryanne is an excellent teacher — and over Zoom! — who will help you take your calligraphy to the next level.

Myles W.

I reached out to Maryanne at The Abbey Studio to help me create a gift for a few friends of mine. I wanted to have their entire wedding ceremony made into a book for them to have as a 1 year wedding anniversary gift. Maryanne was extremely patient with me, as it took some time for me to make decisions and gather all of the pieces of literature and artwork I wanted to include. Her vision and advice made the process extremely seamless and fun. She worked quickly and I was beyond impressed with the finished product. I gave the book to the happy couple yesterday and they were completely blown away. The quality of work was impeccable and the couple now has a cherished memory of their wedding day that they, and their families can enjoy forever. Thank you so much Maryanne!

Catherine C.

I’ve taken a number of classes at The Abbey Studio with Maryanne Grebenstein over the years, and I’ve always been impressed by the quality of the instruction and the classes. My previous experience had mostly been in pointed pen, so I thought that Section I of the Calligraphy Intensive held online would be an excellent opportunity to learn a number of broad-edged hands in a few short weeks. Section I exceeded my expectations, allowing me to practice under Maryanne’s expert guidance. The primary advantage of the online format is being able to closely observe each pen stroke during demonstrations. In addition, the recordings are available for one week after their respective classes and act as a valuable reference for those who cannot attend a class. Maryanne always offers constructive criticism, and I enjoyed a lovely camaraderie with my other classmates during the weeks we spent together. The homework assignments were thoughtfully planned by Maryanne and built on prior lessons. My ability to see the subtleties of different letter forms improved a good deal during the class, and I am pleased with the progress that I have made with my broad-edged pen skills. Be prepared to spend at least a few hours a week on practice and on homework assignments to get the most out of the class. My only regret is not signing up for Section II right away, but I will certainly plan to take it in the future in addition to the many other wonderful classes offered by The Abbey Studio.

Pam G

Boston
I absolutely loved working with Maryanne to design the suite of invitations, thank you notes and place-cards for my micro-wedding.  Although the guest list was small, I did not want to sacrifice on elegance and Maryanne over-delivered on my expectations!  She worked closely with me, incorporating my detailed feedback every step of the way, and the end result was nothing but beautiful.  Thank you, Maryanne!

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