About Us

The Abbey Studio, Calligraphy, ManuscriptsWelcome 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. We specialize in:

  • Recognition certificates
  • Invitations and announcements
  • Calligraphic artwork and personalized gifts of prose, poetry, or scripture
  • Illuminated manuscripts

We also offer:

  • Annual calligraphy-related vacations
  • Calligraphy classes in the greater Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. areas
  • Local educational field trips to distinguished museums and libraries

More details and links are provided below.

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The Abbey Studio, established in 1982, is located on Boston’s south shore, in Hingham, 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:

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.

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.

Thank you for visiting!

Maryanne Grebenstein
Lead Designer
The Abbey Studio