Katie Rae Bears
Katherine Hallam was a bear collector at first. When she discovered miniature bears in the late 80’s she decided to trying making them herself. She bought a kit but that did not inspire her so I threw away the pattern and started designing her own bears.
She has done arts and crafts, but making bears gave her a special “fuzzy” feeling . The creative process is the most important thing! She is self taught and a lot of her bear making skills have been learned through trial and error. Always looking for new ideas and techniques, she has transformed my bears. They are made using traditional bear making techniques along with new ideas including needle felting, needle/scissor sculpting, Fimo sculpting and hand painting. Although the basic body and part of the head is made using a pattern, the features are added using sculpting, needle-felting and paintings, so no two are ever the same. The faces don’t come from a patterns they are born in her hands. She knows when its time to stop when the face talks to her! All of her bears noses are hand made by Katherine and all have my signature diamante stone.
Katherine’s bears are collected all over the world and she has won many awards for her bears, including the highly coveted TOBY awards.