Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Offerings!

So here we are on the spookiest day of the year, All Hallows Eve, a time of celebration, superstition ... and for our Guild Bearcrafters, an opportunity to indulge in a little mystical creativity!

Happi Halloween Kopie
Renee Hutmacher (Germany)

Michelle Nunnery (USA)

Elphaba The Green Witch
Vicky Lougher (USA)

Paula Carter (UK)

Graph Dracula
Natalia Petelina (Ukraine)

To see more of our Halloween Offerings, we invite you to visit our members' website this week ... if you dare!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Autumn Days

It is impossible for bearcrafters not to be inspired by nature and the changing seasons. Autumn is always an exciting time on the Guild because it is time to celebrate a new season with a wonderful harvest of artist designed teddy bears, dolls and their friends!

We hope you enjoy this small selection of members' Autumn 2015 work, presented for your enjoyment ...

By Melanie Jayne McCarthy

By Paula Carter

By Natalia Petelina

Scarecrow Jackson
By Carol Parson

By Wayne Lim

Wine Beary
By Vicky Lougher

We will be presenting a full slideshow of members' Autumn designs on the Guild website in October.

Monday, 27 July 2015

World Class Creativity

Seven months into our creative 2015 and here on the Guild, we have already  seen world class offerings, designed and hand crafted by members for their international teddy bear collecting public ... a few of which are featured below for your enjoyment.

By Gregory Gyllenship

By Joanne Livingston

By Svetlana Chern

By Michelle Nunnery

By Zhanna Rassi

By Kelly Dean

By Jenny Johnson

By Helen Clennel-White

We look forward to bringing you further exciting examples of our members' top class creative talents throughout 2015!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Teddy Tidbit: The Traditional Teddy Bear by UK Guild Member Claire Ryan

For over one hundred years the teddy bear has been a symbol of comfort for both the young and young at heart.  Contemporary artists of traditional bears honour this heritage, whilst bringing to it their own inimitable style ...

‘Frasier’ by Gregory Gyllenship

‘George’ by Paula Carter

‘Fezziwig’ by Vicky Allum

‘Clarence’ by Paula Strethill-Smith

‘Harrison’ by Esther Pepper

‘Hornby’ by Dawn Jellis-Jones

Denberry Truffle
‘Denbury Truffle’ by Michelle Doig

It is a sign of the artist’s skill that they are able to take the simple elements of the traditional ted – glass eyes, an embroidered nose – and turn them into a teddy companion of heart-tugging soulfulness.

Our thanks to UK Guild Member Claire Ryan, for sharing this 'Teddy Tidbit'.

To see Claire's work visit:

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Paula Carter Creator of All Bear by Paula

A word from PAULA CARTER
creator of
Bearcrafter since 1995


Paula Carter

My bear making career evolved from a love of vintage English teddy bears since I was a little girl, particularly the wonderful Hugmee bears created by the Chiltern Hygenic Toy Company between 1908 and 1967.  I have a small collection of these dignified teddy bears and even now they never fail to inspire my creativity.

Some of my Chiltern Hugmee teddies:  C1930's to 50's

It hardly seems possible it has been twenty years since I designed my first teddy bear; the time has flown by!  Since then I have become immersed in the world of teddy bear artistry and am passionate about helping to steer our beloved teddy safely into his future.


It is never easy to describe one's own work, but if pushed to do so, I think I would say I tend to create in a fairly traditional vein.  Now and again I veer gently towards contemporary with my laughing bears, but mostly my bears hark back towards those gentle Chiltern Hugmee teddies, with their solid proportions and no nonsense charm.


For me, a teddy bear should spark a sense of nostalgia and security in his owner, he must be soulful, comforting and honest in his design. My creations honour the teddy bears of my childhood and are protective of his heritage.

Beau was a 2015 Excellence in Bear Artistry award winner

I have been fortunate enough to achieve a collection of international teddy bear crafting and design awards throughout the past two decades and have had my work published many times in specialist publications around the world.  It is of course, always lovely to receive such accolades, but the very best rewards are the smiles and kind words I receive from collectors when they adopt one of my bears ... those smiles are at the heart of my bear making.

A trio of my careworn style teds

As part of my commitment to the future of the teddy bear, I established 'The Guild of Master Bearcrafters' back in 2009.  At the time I had a vague concept of providing a forum which could unite teddy bear makers from around the world, but had no idea it would quickly grow to almost eight hundred international bear crafting members.  I am immensely proud of our members' dedication to creating bears of outstanding creativity and am certain that in their safe hands, the beloved teddy bear will be ensured of a long and happy future.

With hugs and smiles,
Paula xxx

To discover more about Paula's work, please visit her website and blog:

Monday, 2 March 2015

A great start to 2015!

As you can see, our Guild members have made a great start to 2015! We hope you enjoy this snapshot of their newest creations ...

Helen Clennel White: UK

Zhanna Rassi: Lebanon

Svetlana Chern: Ukraine

Vicky Lougher: USA

Elena Karmatskaya: Russia

Renee Hutmacher: Germany

Lyn Brimbin: Australia

The Guild membership extends around the globe and we are happy to report, fabulous teddy bears in all manner of innovative styles, are being creative far and wide in 2015!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

We step boldly forward!

2014 brought forth inspiring new creations from the Master Bearcrafters, as all manner of traditional, vintage, contemporary and realistic teddy bears, alongside a fabulous range of animals and dolls made their way to the Guild!

As we enter 2015, our focus will be to safe-keep the artist designed teddy bear. As dedicated bearcrafters, we step boldly forward into the creative new year with commitment, determination and hopefully continued inspiration!

Tami Eveslage: USA

Katherine Hallam: United Kingdom

Irina Kunakh: Russia

Zhanna Rassi: Lebanon

Jenny Johnson: United Kingdom

Svetlana Chern: Russia

Nichole Encinas: USA
Gregory Gyllenship: United Kingdom

We hope you have enjoyed this 2014 retrospective of 'featured' members' work and look forward to sharing our members' 2015 creations!
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