ABOUT






Hello and thank you for visiting! I'm Shelli Quinn (formerly Heinemann), the artist behind Potbelly Bears.  I live with my husband and sons and a small fuzzy menagerie in beautiful Northern California, where I create works of fabric, paper and fluff in my bright and cozy studio, since 2004.

Here at Potbelly Bears you'll find sweet, soft, stuffed things. Usually teddy bears.  But sometimes pin cushions, dolls, or other textile treasures that squish and comfort and charm, and can be made from warm, wooly fabrics -- my favorite kind. 

Everything I create is 100% original, made from the highest quality materials I can source, built to the most exacting of standards, and designed to last for generations. I do my very best.

I'm so proud to be a multiple Golden Teddy, TOBY, and URSA nominee, and in 2005, Golden Teddy winner in the *Friends* category with my skunk Chauncey.

Photos of my bears and tutorials I've written have been published many times, online and in print, both domestically and abroad. Each appearance remains a special honor.

It's a lot of work to keep up with magazine appearances and contest entries, though, especially while raising a family (and growing older and creakier). So in 2007 I decided to retire from competitions and  submissions, which freed me to focus instead on developing new skills in bear making, sewing and stitchery, and graphic design. 

I'm so happy you took some time from your day to visit with me and my teddy bears. Please know I'm deeply grateful for your interest and support.  I get to work at home and call myself an artist because of your kind patronage. Be assured, I know just how lucky and blessed I am. From the very bottom of my (mohair-covered) heart, I appreciate and thank you.


Shelli Quinn | Artist & Designer
Potbelly Bears

P.S. I'm *potbellybears* pretty much everywhere on the web. But in specific, if you're looking, here's how to find me:

eMail: potbellybears@gmail.com 
Website: www.potbellybears.com
Blog: www.potbellybearsblog.com
Spoonflower: www.spoonflower.com/profiles/potbellybears
Society6: society6.com/potbellybears 
eBay:  http://www.ebay.com/usr/potbellybears 
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/potbellybears?ref=si_shop
Facebook: www.facebook.com/potbellybears
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Potbelly-Bears-and-Other-Cheerful-...
Pinterest: pinterest.com/potbellybears/pins/
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/potbellyarts/

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OF NOTE:
2006 TOBY Industry's Choice Award, "In Hog Heaven"
2005 Golden Teddy Winner, "Chauncey"

Polyvore/Tacori "Accessorize Your Summer" contest winner


Spoonflower/Etsy Craft Party contest winner