Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Weekend Events

The 4th Annual Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar will bring together some of the area’s finest crafters and musicians in a holiday celebration that promotes our lively local arts scene! This delightful event is a unique way for friends and neighbors to gather for a day of fun holiday shopping in an intimate and beautiful space. Please join RUSTY BELLE, The Fine & Dandy Trio, and various LOCAL ARTISANS on Saturday December 5th, at the lovely Unitarian Meetinghouse*, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002. Admission is FREE!
The Artisans...

* Around The Bend Creations
* Baked Earth Boutique
* Big Cheese Crafts
* BMW Ironworks
* Elizabeth Sylvan Quilts
* Katie Ray Arts
* Moon & Sundries
* Sew Soft
* Stargazer Studios
* Sun Moon Stars
* Valley Of The Doll

Buy Local. Buy Handmade.

In today's sagging economy, shopping locally handmade has never been more important. The Bizarrest Little Snowflake Bazaar provides an opportunity for you to meet the artist behind each creation, buy unique gifts that are made with a high degree of craftsmanship, and keep your dollars local.

On Sunday, I'll be at the Design Hive in Cambridge. This promises to be a lot of fun too.

Handmade Holidaze this Sunday, Dec 6 (10am - 5pm)
Give the mall - and your pocketbook - a rest this holiday season. Score hip, affordable, one-of-a-kind gifts from over 60 vendors selling art, clothing, jewelry, housewares and more at this Sunday's Design Hive.

Maria Baldwin School
28 Sacramento St (at corner of Oxford St. off Mass Ave )
Between Harvard and Porter Squares in Cambridge

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Hi folks,

Here it is- TWIST 3.0! Come see all the great handmade goods and get a start on your holiday shopping. This year buy handmade and support your local economy!
I'll have lots of goodies there including more lampworked veggies, new sculptures and more. Here's the info...


Twist III is almost here - save the date for the best Twist shopping event yet! 60+ of the most talented artists from Maine to Rhode Island will exhibit their wares in Northampton, MA next week... and you're invited.

Northampton Center for the Arts
17 New South Street
Northampton, MA USA

Show dates/hours
Friday 11/13 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday 11/14 10:00am-6:00pm

Regular Admission
Adults $3
Kids 6-12 $1
Kids 5 and under FREE

**VIP Reception**
Friday 11/13 4-6 pm
Tickets $20 (available at the Twist store or at the door)
VIP ticket includes complimentary beverages and snacks, admission to the fair both days, and our coveted Swag Bag (available while supplies last!)

The Twist Store
The Twist "pop-up" store is open seven days a week thru December only. Be sure to stop by for a preview and to shop ahead of the show. We're located on the second floor of Thornes Marketplace at 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

See you there!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Etsy Treasury

My tree bottle stopper is featured here!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Upcoming Classes and NEW Twist Store

Come melt glass with me!

One day workshop at Petersham Craft Center on Oct 17th, 10-4. This class will introduce you to the art of glass beadmaking. Learn basic techniques and leave with a handful of unique glass creations. See petershamcraftcenter.org for more information and to sign up.

Starting on Oct 19, Monday nights for 6 weeks, I'll be teaching an Intro Bead Class at the Mudspun Art Center in Belchertown. Check out mudspunartscenter.com for more information.

As always, if you'd like to set up a workshop for yourself or a group of friends, contact me to arrange details.

Also, GREAT NEWS........ the folks who put on the Twist fair are opening up a pop-up store on the 2nd Floor of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, MA from this weekend through December. Come see all the handmade goodies from Twist vendors. They'll be open

Monday through Wednesday: 10-6

Thursday through Saturday: 10-9

Sunday: 12-5


Remember to visit me on Etsy at www.katierayart.etsy.com.
And search "wmass team" to find other local artists on Etsy.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Harvest Festival/ stART on the Street

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Join us for stART on the Street 2009: stART in MOTION!!

It's finally here! Worcester's biggest and best cultural street festival
Sunday, September 20th
11am - 5pm,
Park Avenue between Highland and Pleasant Streets
Worcester, MA
Attendance is FREE!
Over 240 visual artists and crafters, 30 bands and performers on two stages, free interactive Youth Activites, 15 area restaurants and caterers and intergenerational activities brought to you by WOOphoria, the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

Want to learn more? View artists, performers, food vendors and
more at

Monday, September 7, 2009

Lots of Upcoming Events

This Friday, in conjunction with the Northampton Art Walk, I'll be at Valley Hands demonstrating glass beadmaking and selling my wares. Come on by.

Watch Art Develop at Valley Hands
Fri Sept 11 4-8pm
Wine, Snacks & Artists Creating!

A fun and creative way to spend Friday evening.
Meet the artists, pull up a chair & Watch Art Develop right before your eyes!
This month's feature artists include:
Annie Bissett ~ a Northampton based artist and freelance illustrator, began learning the techniques of Japanese woodblock (moku hanga) in 2005 and has devoted herself to printmaking since then. Come watch her work and create! www.anniebissett.com
Colleen Blackard ~ Northampton. My art is meant to share my experience of the universe. I'm creating the absence of light in order to form light using familiar materieals. Come and watch the process unfold! www.colleenblackard.carbonmade.com
Katie Richardson - Belchertown. I work primarily in glass and metal, though I enjoy experimenting with other materials, too. I'm inspired by nature, people's stories and struggles and the process of making. I hope to enrich people's lives with beautiful and functional objects that delight the eye and remind people of creativity in human nature. Come and be dazzled! www.katierichardson.mosaicglobe.com

Creative Space
Rent ~ Attend ~ Exhibit & Demonstrate ~ Consignment
342 Pleasant St NORTHAMPTON
near Oxbow Gallery and Northampton Coffee on the opposite side
near Memory Lane Antiques
413.335.9235 www.valleyhands.com

I'll be teaching an introductory glass beadmaking class starting
October 19, Monday nights for 6 weeks, at the Mud Spun Arts Center in Belchertown.
Check out www.mudspunartscenter.com/workshops for more info.

On Sunday, Sept 13, 11-7, I'll be showing at the Narrows Festival for the Arts in Fall River, MA.
Looks like a really fun event, street vendors, music, along the waterfront.
Look for me at:

Ryan and Casey Beer and Wine Harvest Festival, Greenfield, MA, Sept 19, 12-5

stART on the Street, Worchester, MA, Sept 20, 11-5
Last but not least, if you take a trip up to North Adams this fall, check out the NAACO Gallery at 33 Main St in North Adams. There is an opening on Thursday, Sept 24th, from 6-8pm, entitled "Out of the Box". The gallery will be showing works that stretch each artists' comfort zone.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chilifest and Penland

Stone Soup Farm's Chilifest is this weekend. It should be a lot of fun! Come celebrate with us.
Free and open to the public, celebrating local food, music, art. If you plan on attending, consider bringing a dish to share or entering your chili in the cook-off. (Entries must arrive by 3pm for tasting.) Jarrett and the Stone Soup crew planted about 40 varieties of hot peppers this year! We'll share as many as we have ripe and ready in the salsa tasting.

I recently got home from beautiful Penland School of Crafts, NC. I was taking a flameworking class, which was challenging and a lot of fun. I also scrubbed lots of pots while I was there because I was given a work study scholarship to reduce the cost. It was worth it, but exhausting! Here are some images from Penland.
Here's the instructor Eric Goldschmidt doing a demo for us. Below is a gorgeous piece that he made for the fundraising auction.

Next is the carrot goblet I made, which of course I dropped as I was packing to bring it home.
And finally, though not the best shot, an image of many of the pieces I was working on down there in the mountains.
A view of the mountains from a lookout point on Roan Mountain.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Sculpture For Community Garden Complete

Here is the two panel piece I just completed and delivered on Wednesday. It is made from old farm and tractor parts found at NESFI and at the Regional Environmental Council building in Worchester. The piece was delivered to a new educational community garden in Worchester, run by the Regional Environmental Council at 24 Chatham St in Worchester.

The grand opening, "Garden Party", is scheduled for Thursday, August 13th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the garden.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Snowfarm and Article Featuring 'Cocoon 2'

Someone strolling through town found my sculpture at the North Adams Artists' Co-op Gallery and featured it in "Nippertown.com". Here's the link...


I spent the last two weeks at Snowfarm: The New England Craft School, teaching flamework in their Summer High School program. I worked with Joe Peters who is an awesome flameworker, and a bunch of kids who made some really neat work. Here's some pictures from the studio.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Red Barrel Bead

A bead of mine that someone picked for the street team treasury on etsy!

---go to etsy.com and search "wmass team"  to find other western massachusetts artists-----

Friday, July 3, 2009

I'll be selling my work at this new Market in Northampton on Sunday. Jarrett will be there with Stone Soup Farm veggies in the farmer's market section, and I'll be inside with Katie Ray Arts in the art and craft section. I think this will be a great market, this is only its 3rd week, so come out to support this new venture and help us get things going! We will both be returning often throughout the season. Its located at the old Dodge Cahillane Building, 375 South St, Northampton. 8am-2pm.
-----more info at www.millrivermarketplace.com----

Monday, June 22, 2009

Western Mass Street Team Blog Feature

Go to Etsy's Western Mass Street Team page to read a feature about me and my work.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sculpture Featured on Esty Louge Blog

Check out etsylounge.blogspot.com to see my "Growth Steel Vessel" featured in the Metal Artistry selection from June 19th!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Asparagus Festival May 16th

Come check out the Asparagus Festival 10-4 on Saturday, May 16.
Celebrating spring, asparagus, arts and community.... (I think- I've never been :)
West Brookfield, MA on the town common.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Upcoming Shows

I've forgotten about the blog for awhile. I'm back with some info on upcoming shows.

Spring Artisan and Crafter Expo
Heirloom Artisan Expos
Saturday April 25, 2009

Tri County High School, Franklin, MA

and the TWIST FAIR
May 1st and 2nd
Northampton Center for the Arts