Artist's Bio - Hayley Burlison - Burlison Bearcraft

Welcome! My name is Hayley Eliza Burlison, and I have been making teddy bears for 17 years now. I specialize in primitive antique style bears as well as miniatures, and I am completely self taught. All my bears are made in the Old World style of the original teddy bears of the early 1900s. I design my own patterns and use the same components that were used on traditional bears of the past. I typically distress my bears for antique appearance and charm. It gives them lots of character.

As a child my mom always took me to craft fairs and I fell in love with the idea of making my own creations some day and selling them. I chose teddy bears as my craft! There's nothing like the love of a teddy bear. They're like old friends! I enjoy collecting primitives and antiques and decorating my house in a Colonial/Farmhouse style.

I'm married to a wonderful husband named Joseph and have an adorable young son named Solomon as well as two small dogs, Shiloh and Ozzy. Besides bears, I do homeschool my son which keeps me busy. You'll often find me sewing while he's studying on the computer. My son Solomon is the biggest fan of the Burlison Bearcraft bears and has a collection of them and always wanting more. He gives each new bear I make a good luck kiss before I send them on their way to their new home. I hope you will continue to browse my bears each month and hopefully decide to adopt one of your very own. Thank you so much for your interest and support!

 - Hayley Eliza Burlison