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About Us

Kaitlyn, Josh, Alex, Chris and Ally

Art Historian Robert "Bob" McClain and his wife, University Professor of Japanese Language and Literature Dr. Yoko McClain, collected original prints during their visits to Japan. They would bring both prints and art supplies back to enjoy themselves and to sell to friends. In the late 1970's, Bob realized he could create a business that would allow him to promote moku hanga (the Japanese style of printmaking) plus give him more time to make prints himself. During the 1980's Robert McClain Japanese Prints & Supplies quickly became recognized as the leading supplier of superior quality art materials for moku hanga in the U.S.

In 1991, after Bob McClain's death, Elaine Chandler purchased the printmaking materials part of the business. Elaine renamed the business McClain's Printmaking Supplies in honor of its founder. A well known and respected printmaker herself, Elaine taught moku hanga workshops and promoted Japanese tools and materials to other instructors and schools around the country. Elaine also expanded McClain's to include materials for other forms of relief printmaking, including linoleum and wood engraving supplies.

In February 2001, Elaine sold McClain's to Alex Prentiss, a former moku hanga student. Alex's background is in library science, retail sales, and technical writing and illustrating. On the art side, she is an experienced letterpress printer, book artist and woodblock printmaker.

McClain's staff includes Josh Hulst, who joined McClain's in July, 2007 after graduating from the University of Oregon with an MFA in printmaking. He is editor of McClain's Newsletter and an expert in all areas of western style printmaking. Josh will happily and skillfully answer your questions about inks, brayers and much more.

Chris Harmon joined McClain's in August 2009. A graduate of Portland State University's printmaking department and past intern at Mahaffey Fine Art, Chris has become an accomplished moku hanga printer as well as an expert on all of McClain's printmaking supplies.

In May, 2011 Ally Stinnett came on board. Ally attended Central Washington University where she majored in both Sociology and Studio Art. She first got excited about printmaking while taking a class at Oregon State University. Ally is now in charge of McClain's Facebook page.

Kaitlyn Mays joined us in September 2012. She has a BFA in Printmaking from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) and previously worked as a Print Lab Technician/ Manager & Screen Printer. She is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and happy to answer any printmaking questions you might have.

Under Alex's leadership, McClain's continues to offer the high quality service, tools and printmaking materials that have made it a leading supplier for relief printers both here and abroad for over 30 years. Our purpose is to help relief printmakers find the materials and support they need to reach their printmaking goals.

Thank you for your support!