Gail Thornton


Rotthaugsgaten 1A
5033 Bergen
Tel: +47 47834123
Facebook: Bisson Bears
Beautiful quality, traditionally designed and handmade collectors bears and animals. Handmade in stunning fjords of Bergen Norway.

Hello! My name is Gail Thornton and I am the creator and proud owner of Bisson Bears, now 25 years old. I began creating Bisson Bears after my son, Connor was born. I simply wanted to try and make Connor a teddy bear. And so, the fantastic journey of Bisson Bears began and what a journey they have taken me on! The wonderful people I have met and the places I have travelled to are too many to mention.

I decided on the name Bisson Bears after my French Grandpa, Philippe Bisson, who was born in Paris in the late 19th century and more importantly for my wonderful, Mum, Patricia.

I have always loved teddy bears. What’s not to love about a wonderful hug and the comfort the give?! I began as an artist in the beautiful Lake District, where I was born in Kendal. Though not teddy bears, but rather sculpting, mainly from clay and although I did make a few animal caricatures, my sculptures were mainly of people.

However, since my journey designing bears began, in the beautiful Scottish Borders, where I was living at the time, I have never looked back. In 25 years, the thrill and joy of designing new characters have never diminished and I love creating new designs as much now as I did in the beginning.

I have exhibited at the wonderful Hugglets shows for over 22 years and really look forward to the time when we can all meet up in London again. In the meantime, I am very much looking forward to being part of the new online Hugglets show and sharing my new designs with you all there.

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