Carol Miller of the Teddy Bear Maker was born and raised in Miami, Florida and continues to work and live in West Palm Beach, Florida making her one
of its true natives.
“I have always been an artist and have worked in many different forms, sewing, watercolor painting, line drawing, advertising and logo design. My favorite ways to create are bear making and quilting.”
As far back as she can remember, teddy bears have been a part of her life. Before she could walk, her mother started singing the song “Teddy Bears Picnic” to her and the seed was planted. Little did her mother know that, all those years ago, Carol’s love for Teddy Bears truly began.
“The bear I remember from my childhood was a panda as large as I was. I held it in front of me and struggled just to move it across the room because I could not see around it. My panda was a source of comfort to me and a wonderful companion. I am sure it is no coincidence that pandas are my favorite kind of bears.”
Carol has been making teddy bears since 1996; fulfilling a life-long dream. “Making teddy bears has been a spiritual, life changing experience for me.
I began making bears using other artist’s patterns then in
1998 I took a design class and learned how to create my own bear pattern designs.”
Within a piece of tapestry, fabric, antique lace collar, a brooch, vintage illustrations of bears, old toys, movies and bears, she see inspiration and the creative process begins. Stuffing and shaping heads, sculpting faces and adding eyes gives them their start on personality. Suddenly the bears come to life.
“The bear is complete when I finish with the accessories and naming the bear. It is a feeling that touches my heart and keeps the passion of bear making alive for me with each bear I make.”