Miniature teddy bears
by soft sculpture artists
Wendy & Megan Chamberlain
of
Essential Bears

We have been designing and producing our individual creations under the Essential Bears label since 1992. We specialise in miniature soft sculpture creations and usually make one-of-a-kind or very small limited editions. The intricacy of design as well as the variety of finishes, including beadwork and embroidery, have become trademarks of our work. As well as tiny bears we also make a wide range of other creatures and our total annual output is generally only approximately 100 bears each. Our bears are available from our webpage and the twice yearly Hugglets show in London as well as on E-bay. We have participated in several on line shows over the past year and will be taking part in the Christmas on line show in November.

We started our bear artistry whilst living in South Africa. We relocated to England several years ago with our cats and extensive bear collection and are presently living in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

I am rather slow at updating our web page on a regular basis. Our ideas are constantly changing and many of our
bears are sold before they can be added to the site.

We have a mailing list to advise all our collectors when new bears are available.
Please e-mail dragonwyk@hotmail.com if you would like to be advised of updates.

Awards & Publications

Megan
International
Teddy Bear Club International magazine.

Miniature Bear of the Year, Professional Category

Timothy - 2" 1996 2nd place
Custard - 2.25" 1998 3rd place
Katya 3" with Mishka the cat - Tea for Two - 2002 3rd place

Linda's San Diego Fair
3rd place, Other Animals Category - 2001
3rd place, Miniature bears undressed - 2002
TITA 2002 Nomination

Category D - Dressed under 14cm - Briar the Rose Fairy
Linda's San Diego Fair

3rd place, Other Animals Category - 2003
Linda's San Diego Fair
2nd place, Miniature Bear Undressed Category - 2004
Teddy Bear and Friends TOBY 2004 Industry's Choice
Miniature Artist Bear - Undressed

South Africa
9th Annual Bear Fair, Durban, 2001 - Miniature Bears

1st prize - miniature bear
Best on Show
Buitenverwachting Bear Fair
Special Award for the Bear Person of the Year - 2001
Teddy Bear Fair at Stellenbosch, 2001
2nd prize - miniature category

 

Wendy
International
Teddy Bear Club International magazine.
Miniature Bear of the Year, Professional Category

Adam - 3" 1997 2nd place
Zarya - 3" 1999 1st place
Themba 3" and Mosi the meerkat 2.25" 2001 1st place
Faramond and Floranthe 2003 1st place
British Bear Artist Awards 1999 Nomination
Linda's San Diego Fair
1st place, Miniature bears dressed - 2002
TITA 2002 First Place
Category G - Tableaux - Astra the Moon Fairy
Linda's San Diego Fair
1st place, Miniature bears undressed - 2003
2nd place, Miniature bears dressed - 2003
2nd place - Multiple entry - 2003
Linda's San Diego Fair
3rd place, Multiple entry - 2004
2nd place, Miniature bears dressed - 2004
Teddy Bear and Friends TOBY 2004 Industry's Choice
Miniature Artist Bear - Dressed/Costumed
Artist Vignette - Miniature

South Africa
9th Annual Bear Fair, Durban, 2001 - Miniature Bears
2nd prize - miniature bear

Teddy Bear Fair at Stellenbosch, 2001
1st prize - miniature category
Teddy Bear Artist of the Year

Publications
Japan Teddy Bear Fan Club Vol 20 - July/August 2002
Nederlandse Teddy-Beer Club No. 44 - August 2002
Teddy Bear & Friends, mini bear issue, 1998, 1999, 2000,2001
Teddy Bear & Friends, friends issue 2000, 2001
Teddy Bear & Friends, Christmas issue, Dec 2000 and Dec 2001
Teddy Bear & Friends, Family matters Dec 2001
Teddy Bear & Friends, bruins'n buddies, June 2002
Teddy Bear Review, Bear Garden, July/Aug 2001
Teddy Bear Scene
Issue 42 May/June 2000
Issue 54 February 2002
Issue 56 April 2002
Issue 68 April 2003
Teddy Bear Times Japan Issue 43
Teddy & Co Mini Teddys 2000
Making and Dressing Miniature Teddy Bears by Julie K Owen
Miniature Bear Collection by Julie K Owen
Teddy Bear Club International - several issues
Australian Bear Creations - Volume 6, No 8
Wonderful World of Teddy Bears, issue No 46
How to Make Award Winning Teddy Bears by Michela Rae and Janet Viveros
Nederlandse Teddy-Beer Club No. 44 August 2002
Teddy Bear Scene March 2005
Teddy Bear Scene May 2005
Teddy Bear & Friends June 2005
South African Bear Quarterly June 2005
Teddy Bear & Friends Winer 2010
Teddy Bear Times April/May 2011

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Teddy Bear & Friends Winter 2010 issue
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