Daniel, Ally, Carolyn, Alex and Chris
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, her 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 Alix "Ally" Stinnett, who joined McClain's in May, 2011. 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 in charge of McClain's Newsletter, as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages.
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 teaches at The Multnomah Arts Center in Portland. He is an accomplished moku hanga printer as well as an expert on all of McClain's printmaking supplies.
In October 2014, Carolyn Corl and Daniel Jasa joined McClain's. Carolyn is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Washington where she majored in Printmaking. She apprenticed in India with a traditional woodblock printer learning how to print textiles. During the summer of 2014 Carolyn was an intern at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast.
Daniel has an MFA in Printmaking from Northern Illinois University and previously obtained his undergraduate degree at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Oregon. He is a Print Arts Northwest (PAN) board member and is actively involved with the printmaking studio Atelier Meridian, where he hosts a weekly open studio session and occasionally teaches a workshop. His work is currently on display the Portland Art Museum's Rental Sales Gallery. You can also view Daniel's work at danieljasa.com.
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 40 years. Our purpose is to help relief printmakers find the materials and support they need to reach their printmaking goals.