Baldwin Toys Wooden Puzzle Ark

November 24, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Baldwin Toys Wooden Puzzle Ark

Here’s another handmade wooden toy by Steve Baldwin of Baldwin Toys.  This ark puzzle is made of a variety of hardwoods: 18 pieces total, including 10 animals and a rainbow.   The pieces fit together with all the animals in the ark as a simple three-dimensional puzzle. All our wooden toys are safe for little hands… Continue reading »

Wood rocking horse and airplane, sock monkeys

November 21, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Wood rocking horse and airplane, sock monkeys

Children need toys that allow them to move and manipulate in order to develop their eye and hand coordination. We think our handmade toys of wood or soft fabrics fit the bill. Here are a few examples. We carry traditional wood toys and furniture made by the Esh family, an Amish family living near Lancaster… Continue reading »

Pottery Overview

November 13, 2014
David Graham

We have a wide collection of studio pottery at the Calico Cat. This should be no surprise, as Baltimore is home to a thriving community of America’s best ceramic studios. What might be surprising is the variety and styles of different ceramic objects on hand from studios all across America. This week we will take… Continue reading »

Marolin paper mache nativity

November 13, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Marolin paper mache nativity

This Marolin paper mache crèche was made in Germany using traditional methods and molds dating as far back as 1900. The figurines are made entirely by hand in the Mahr family business and finished with non-toxic paints. Several years after the reunification of Germany in 1990, Bill and Bruni Obriecht traveled to the former East… Continue reading »

Wee Forest Folk

November 6, 2014
David Graham
Wee Forest Folk

Wee Forest Folk are unique, American collectibles. The original is hand sculpted by Annette, Willy or Donna Petersen, then they are cast and painstakingly hand-painted in Massachusetts. These tiny figurines have charm as big as they are small. Each miniature reflects the artistic style of the sculptor with a common whimsical theme arising from the… Continue reading »

Sgraffito Stoneware

November 1, 2014
David Graham
Sgraffito Stoneware

Sgraffito is Italian for “scratched” – which is exactly how the design is applied. A cover of a second material, called “slip” is applied to the stoneware, and a design scratched carefully into place before firing the piece. A great deal of skill is required. Not only is careful shaping needed to render a clean… Continue reading »

Toys at Calico Cat: October 2014 Edition

October 23, 2014
David Graham
Toys at Calico Cat: October 2014 Edition

As we enter the holiday season, the Calico Cat turns it’s attention to toys. It’s that time of year when we begin to anticipate the look of wonder in the eyes of a special child. As you start the search for that perfect gift – turn to the Calico Cat. Bill and Bruni have a… Continue reading »

Spoonwood Salad Tongs

September 27, 2014
David Graham
Spoonwood Salad Tongs

Salad tongs by Jonathan Simons of Jonathan’s Spoonwood, Inc. in Kempton, Pennsylvania. Rachael Ray recommended his beautifully finished cherry wood spoons in Every Day with Rachael in her online RachaelRayMag.com. We carry a variety of Jonathan’s spoons and implements. The hardwood salad bowls, available in graduated sizes are from The Bowl Mill of Vermont.

Shaker-inspired Baskets and Boxes

September 24, 2014
David Graham

Shaker-inspired baskets and boxes are handcrafted from quality woods, using traditional techniques and designs originally created by the Shaker community. The cherry boxes were made by Canterbury Box Shop in Canterbury, New Hampshire and the maple boxes were made by Rick and Donna Chrisman of Revolutionary Designs in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Welcome to the Calico Cat’s home on the web!

October 7, 2014
David Graham

We’re gearing up for the holiday season, and remember that your holidays are just around the corner! Whether you need that special gift for someone or yourself, we’re guaranteed to have something the recipient has never seen, and will absolutely love. We’re all stocked up on our full selection of cards, toys, pottery and ceramics,… Continue reading »