About the Artist

My name is Kat Hartley, the designer and creator of Brierley Bears.
Brierley Bears | about the artist | Kat with 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 not jointed.

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

Patch | first jointed bear by Brierley Bears

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.

Brierley Bears' stall at Hugglets