Brierley Bears by Kat Vardy
My name is Kat Hartley, the designer and creator of Brierley Bears.
I live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire with my husband Rob and our German Shepherd dog, Shadow.
The first bear that I ever made was for my Aunt's new baby in 2005. It was made from fleece and was un-jointed.
I enjoyed making my new cousin's bear and decided that I wanted to learn how to make a 'proper', jointed bear.
I found a bear shop near my home that ran bear making courses.
Rob paid for me to do one of these courses, ran by Teslatop Bears, as an early Christmas present.
On this course I made an old fashioned mohair bear called 'Patch'.
I enjoyed making Patch so much that I immediately started to design my own patterns.
Needless to say, I caught the bear making bug and have been creating my own bears ever since.
All of my creations are my own design, one of a kind and made from only the highest quality materials.
They are all fully jointed and are weighted with steel shot, which make them quite heavy but just right for a cuddle.
My creations are made with the adult collector in mind, and due to the small parts used in making them, are not suitable for children under the age of 14.
All of my bears come with their own individually designed hang-tag.
If you have any questions or would like to commission a bear, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
2010 National Teddy Bear Artist Awards - 2nd place
2010 British Bear Awards - Nominee
2009 British Bear Awards - Nominee
2009 Australian Bear Creations Awards - Nominee
I take great pride in my work, and I hope they bring a lot of happiness to those who have adopted any of my bears.
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