Hi there! I'm Shelli Quinn, the artist behind Potbelly Bears. I live with my husband; a small, fuzzy menagerie; and my sometimes-visiting grown sons in beautiful Northern California, where I've created works of fabric, paper and fluff in my bright and cozy, smoke-free studio since 2004.
I'm very proud to be a Golden Teddy, TOBY, and URSA nominee several times over -- and in 2005, a Golden Teddy WINNER (in the *Friends* category, with Chauncey the skunk.)
My bears and artist bio, and multiple tutorials I've written, have been published many times: online and in print, domestically and abroad. Each appearance remains a special honor.
It's exhausting to keep current with editorial submissions and contest entries, though, while raising kids -- and growing older and creakier. That's why, in 2007, I "retired" from all that, which allowed me to deepen skills in bear making, stitchery, and graphic design.
I'm honored that you carved time from your day to spend with me and my teddy bears, and I'm authentically grateful for your interest and support. I get to call myself an artist because of your kind patronage, and I know how blessed and lucky I am.
From the bottom of my (mohair-covered) heart, I appreciate and thank you.
SOFT SCULPTURE AWARDS
2005 Golden Teddy Winner, "Chauncey"
GRAPHIC DESIGN AWARDS
2012 Spoonflower Etsy Craft Party contest winner, Fun Finches (+ Etsy blog appearance)