I’m not one of these people who can work with background noise.
When I’m working on a calligraphy commission, I need silence so I can concentrate, but I do like the radio for company if I’m doing admin, like writing blog posts and scheduling social media.
So how podcasts have so far passed me by is beyond me!
Having discovered The Calligraphy Podcast by chance, I thought I’d see what else was available for calligraphers and lettering lovers.
The Calligraphy Podcast
What they say: Welcome to The Calligraphy Podcast, a space for calligraphers to talk about, share and grow in their art–and cultivate community along the way. Join hosts Ajab Rajvir Jandiala and Christen Turney as they delve into all things pen and ink. Each episode will feature a new topic or special guest from the calligraphy community. From gabbing about favorite supplies, recommended resources and tips for beginners, you can be part of the greater conversation about calligraphy.
Verdict: There are 20 episodes in the first season, with the second due to start on Monday, March 16. The episodes are around 30-45 minutes long and cover a range of topics. I’m only a few episodes in, but I love Ajab and Christen’s conversational style and passion for calligraphy and their honesty when it comes to discussing the pitfalls of penmanship!
Calligraphy Masters Show
What they say: Welcome to Calligraphy Masters Show – The place where we’ll be talking about the journey of Calligraphers, Hand Lettering artists and Sign Painters from all around the world. Learn more about the people behind the pens and start writing till you reach your goals!
Verdict: This show takes a lot of commitment in terms of time as each episode is at least an hour long, with most clocking in at an hour and a half! That said, there are some amazing calligraphers interviewed, including Paul Antonio, Jake Weidmann and Suzanne Cunningham. There are 16 episodes, with the last one uploaded in October 2019.
Hand Lettering Podcast
What they say: Tam Love from letteringtutorial.com presents the Hand Lettering Podcast. Tam shares helpful hand lettering information, tips, and resources, everything from beginning lettering to going pro. Tam welcomes you to join her in the wonderful creative world of illustrative lettering, brush lettering and calligraphy.
Verdict: Tam hasn’t updated the podcast since April 2016, but there are still 16 episodes to enjoy, with tips and advice on everything from getting started, to selecting the right tools, to creating time to practice and slowing your writing down. There are also some featured artists, including Alexandra Snowdon, Mateusz Witczak, Gemma O’Brien and Dallas Clayton.
Calligraphy.org is an online learning resource for calligraphers that has been going since 2009.
There’s just one episode of this podcast, released in 2015, so I’m not sure what happened there! But it still features an hour of calligraphy hints and tips from hosts Melissa Esplin, Kathryn Christenbury and Bailey Rivera.
What they say: Let’s dip into calligraphy!
Verdict: Chatty calligrapher Miranda is based in Australia and there are four epiosdes of her podcast online at the moment. You can find her @pigmentcalligraphy on Instagram.
The episodes feature interviews with The Graphic Quill and Yves Leterme, as well as explorations of broad-edged pen calligraphy and nibs.
Podcasts featuring calligraphers
Calligraphers also pop up as interview subjects on other podcasts.
Check out Molly Suber Thorpe, the award-winning designer behind Plurabelle Studio and author of Modern Calligraphy, Mastering Modern Calligraphy and The Calligrapher’s Business Handbook, on Creative Empire (Episode 99) – How to Create a Thriving Calligraphy Business. https://www.creativeempire.co/podcast/episode99
Ian Bernard pops up on The Logo Geek Podcast in an episode called Calligraphy, Lettering and Growing with Instagram. https://logogeek.uk/podcast/ian-barnard/
Alice Gabb appears on Episode 33 of Holly and Co’s Conversations of Inspiration. https://holly.co/podcast/alice-gabb/
Julia Broughton also discusses her hand lettering and design skills on the Being Freelance podcast. https://www.beingfreelance.com/season-10/lettering-artist-julia-broughton