About The Abbey Studio


Welcome to The Abbey Studio’s blog site!

The Abbey Studio is a professional calligraphy studio specializing in beautiful, hand-lettered documents you’ll be thrilled to present. Established in 1982, The Abbey Studio has a studio and shop on Boston’s north shore in Marblehead, Massachusetts, but no matter where you’re located, we can create captivating custom artwork for delivery worldwide. We assure you that you’ll feel amazing giving (or keeping!) the custom, elegant treasures we create for you.

Handmade manuscript books: Our most unique and special creations are one-of-a-kind and limited-edition manuscript books. These books are completely hand-lettered, hand-decorated, and hand-bound. Our books contain poetry, scripture, or prose. We also welcome commissions to create commemorative books for occasions such as a wedding, a birth, a memorial, a retirement, or even a marriage proposal! (Currently we host information about this work on a separate website called Turn in the Path.)

Hand-lettered documents: We create beautiful hand-lettered documents to recognize outstanding achievement, volunteer service, benefactors, retirement, distinguished service, and honorary degrees. We also create custom-designed invitations, personal gifts of prose, poetry, or scripture, and memorials tributes. 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. For more information, follow these links:

Corporate Recognition Awards
School/University Awards and Diplomas
Personal Gifts

Organized excursions: We bring small groups of artistically curious, fun people to delightful locales for unique vacations. On the “book trips” we visit museums, libraries, and art foundations within the U.S. and abroad to view illuminated manuscripts. On the “classroom abroad” excursions, we visit beautiful sites and learn calligraphy while we live as artists-in-residence with guided studio time. See the “Trips” page on this site.

Calligraphy classes: For those interested in learning the craft of calligraphy and gold-leaf illumination, we offer courses in our studio classroom and several other locations in New England and Washington, DC. See the “Classes” page on this site, or view them all on a calendar.

The Abbey Studio & Shop in Marblehead, Massachusetts: The Abbey Studio & Shop is a storefront at 84 Washington Street in Marblehead, just a block from the harbor in Old Town. Marblehead is a charming, walkable seaside town and a wonderful place to visit. Shop hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and by appointment. We hope you’ll come visit!


The Studio & Shop is also accessible via MBTA buses 441 and 442 from Government Center (Boston), Wonderland T (Revere), and the Lynn Commuter Rail Station.



Thank you for visiting this website! This site highlights our blogs, classes, and trips. Information on our other products can be found on our main website, www.theabbeystudio.com.


Please let us know how we can help you with your calligraphy-related needs!

Maryanne Grebenstein
Lead Designer
The Abbey Studio

Maryanne Grebenstein


Maryanne is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She has been a professional calligrapher for more than 30 years and is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne has been teaching calligraphy for 20 years in her studio and is frequently invited to teach at other locations. She studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering.

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Fionnuala Hart Gerrity


Fionnuala is a 2011 graduate of the Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. She holds a degree in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she also studied life painting and animal drawing. She works in book conservation, and co-teaches with Maryanne on the “Calligraphy and Painting on Vellum” classes.