About Ciarrai Studios:
Ciarrai Studios (www.etsy.com/shop/CiarraiStudios) is my online store specializing in handcrafted jewelry – oftentimes inspired by books, poems, and other literature. What makes me (and my work) special is my storyteller’s perspective. Throughout my life, my interests (reading, writing, music, theater) have all revolved around telling tales. In my circle of friends and family, I am the unofficial historian who always has a “do you remember when?” to tell when we get together. This aspect of my personality spills over into my designs as well. No matter if the piece I am working on is inspired by an actual piece of literature or if I am crafting a sort of unspoken story, using the colors and textures of my materials to suggest a sense of place or character or plot, my work has a narrative quality about it that I am very proud of.
My obsessive love of books, poems, and literature is evident in my work. In my experience, Bibliophiles (like me) are passionately in love with their favorite books. They read and re-read them, quote from them, talk about them, share them with others and they are always on the lookout for people who love the same books as they do. My jewelry taps into that, allowing the book lover to revel in and share their love of their favorite books with the world.
In addition to jewelry, I also offer hand-knit scarves and other accessories, stitch markers for knitters, and note cards.
Ciarrai (pronounced K –ear – ra so that it rhymes with Cheer-ra) is the Gaelic version of my name, Kerry. I chose it for my shop name as a tribute to my grandfather who passed a love of Celtic music, mythology, and culture to me.
Where to find Ciarrai Studios:
Ciarrai Studios can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/CiarraiStudios I also have several social media sites where I post information about new products, sales, and giveaways and chat about what I am working on, what I am reading, or anything else that strikes my fancy. Please visit me:
My name is Kerry Gauthier and I am the designer / craftsman behind Ciarrai Studios. I am in my mid-30’s and I live on Long Island, NY; about two hours from New York City. Originally, I was a musician and played the violin but an injury to my wrists ended my ability to play my instrument any longer, and I went looking for another creative outlet. I took classes in knitting and jewelry design and quickly became obsessed. After being laid off from my job as an Executive Assistant, I decided to return to college to study Literature. My eventual goal is to earn a Masters Degree (I currently have a B.A. in Psychology) and become an English teacher. I also decided to start Ciarrai Studios as a way to earn some money while I went to school and to help pay for classes.
When I am not reading, beading, knitting, or in class, I spend time with my friends and family – especially my husband, Rob, (whose efforts in shipping, packaging, accounting, and keeping me caffeinated are invaluable to Ciarrai Studios) and our very affectionate (if needy) cat, Gordo, I also enjoy music, Broadway musicals, board games, Renaissance Fairs, and watching way too much T.V.
Some of my favorite pieces of literature include:
- The works of Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The plays by William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde
- Anything by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
In terms of contemporary literature, I love:
- Almost anything by Peter Beagle but especially The Last Unicorn and Tamsin
- Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy Series
- John Connolley’s The Book of Lost Things
- Charles De Lint’s Newford Series
- Morgan Llywelyn’s Celtic Historic-Fantasy books particularly Bard: The Odyssey of the Irish
- Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus
- Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale
- Sharon Shinn’s Angels of Samaria series
- Terri Windling’s The Wood Wife
- and Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose
I have also developed a love for poetry that started during childhood with Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic and has grown to include the works of Maya Angelou, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Billy Collins, and an obsession with T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” that might someday require the intervention of some sort of 12-step program.