Botanical Jewelry by Michael Michaud

January 28, 2015
Chris Obriecht
Botanical Jewelry by Michael Michaud

Michael Michaud of Connecticut, designs his handcrafted Silver Seasons botanical jewelry in New York city.  He uses actual plant leaves and parts to cast molds in a process similar to the lost wax process.  The botanical bit that he wishes to use is encased in the mold, then the mold is heated to burn the plant material away.  Mr…. Continue reading »

Encore Pysanky Egg Decorating Demonstration by Wendy Ng

January 3, 2015
Chris Obriecht

We are so happy that Wendy Ng of Bowstring Art Studio enjoyed her days demonstrating traditional Ukrainian egg decorating she wants to come back this Saturday and do it again.  That’s right.  On Saturday, December 20 from 10 am until 5 pm, Wendy Ng will be back for another day demonstrating her Ukrainian pysanky wax-resist egg… Continue reading »

Wee Forest Folk are ready for the winter

December 8, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Wee Forest Folk are ready for the winter

Our Wee Forest Folk are gearing up for the winter holidays. These tiny figurines are limited edition stone castings made in Massachusetts under the direction of the Petersen family.  We have indoor and outdoor mice, ready for snow and holiday celebrations. Outdoor mice helping out for the winter include Helpful Elf (M-351) and a girl… Continue reading »

Hand carved wood nativity set by Helmuth Runggaldier

December 8, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Hand carved wood nativity set by Helmuth Runggaldier

While vacationing in Austria, Bill and Bruni had been searching for religious figurines. Bruni’s brother Horst suggested they visit the Valley of Wolkenstein in the Dolomites of Italy. After visiting many wood carvers, they chose to represent Helmut Runggaldier in The Calico Cat. Our finest crèche, these wood figurines are by Helmuth Runggaldier in Val… Continue reading »

Secret Santa gift ideas

December 8, 2014
Chris Obriecht
Secret Santa gift ideas

Have you run out of gift ideas when you are chosen to be Secret Santa? You have to limit the amount you can pay for a gift, and you wonder what in the world you can buy that the recipient will enjoy, and will last longer than a polite thank you and a quick trip… Continue reading »

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 »