About the Artist

14 years creating award winning bears

Since 2005

Hi, I’m Kat, the designer and creator of Brierley Bears.

I live in a little village on the outskirts of Barnsley, South Yorkshire with my husband Rob and our German Shepherd, Shadow.

My little bear making business began in 2005, not long after I created my very first bear.

I love making them as much now as I did when I first started, if not more.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have adopted my creations in the past and to those of you who adopt them in future.

Without you I would not be able to keep making them. 

Kat Hartley

Founder

Beginnings

Where it all began

The first bear that I ever made was for my new baby cousin in 2005. It was made from fleece and was not jointed.

His name is Mr Bean (see picture to the right) and he is still very much loved today.

I enjoyed making my new cousin’s bear and decided that I wanted to learn how to make a traditional jointed bear.

The bear making bug…

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.

I enjoy attending a few specialist bear fairs and craft fairs throughout the year, so do come and see me at any of my events.