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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

'About The Bears': Bear Q & A with R. John Wright

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

'About The Bears': Bear Q & A with R. John Wright

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These questions were part of an interview for Teddy Bear Times which will appear in a feature article in their next issue, we hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the article. The Teddy bear Times article includes production photos, so it is not to miss. Enjoy!

1. Do you have a favorite bear that you’ve created, either recently or in the past?

RJW: It's difficult to narrow it down because we've done several iconic bears that are very important such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Paddington, the Clifford Berryman Bear, etc.

Pooh and His Favorite Chair

Pooh and His Favorite Chair

But I think I would single out our "Baby Bear" series. That was a collection of 5 cubs with realistic details made in 2003.

The Baby Bear Collection

The Baby Bear Collection

Of that group, “Pep” - the black bear - is my favorite.

2. What are your favorite materials to work with when creating your bears?

RJW: I would say that my favorite material to work with is alpaca plush, but another favorite is a wool/mohair blend. Both of these tend to have a denser pile than most mohair plushes. But every project is different and depending on the desired effect, the best materials will vary.

The Toddler Bears

The Toddler Bears

3. Where do you get the inspiration for a new creation?

RJW: Some artists are most comfortable creating their own concepts which they conjure from their own imaginations. That may work best for them, but for us we generally prefer having a strong source material to work from. So we often look for inspiration in illustrative art and our challenge becomes bringing the charm of the 2-dimensional images into 3-dimensions. Another ongoing source of inspiration is simply the world of nature. Real bear cubs never cease to amaze us with their unparalleled cuteness! The trick there is to avoid a 'taxidermy' effect by evoking real animals a little too closely. Our goal is always to keep the 'toy' in everything that we do.

Enjoy some more RJW bears below!

This adorable little redhead named "Isabelle" is the fifth issue in the new "Toddler Bears" series of cubs dressed in vintage-style children's clothing.

This adorable little redhead named "Isabelle" is the fifth issue in the new "Toddler Bears" series of cubs dressed in vintage-style children's clothing.

The Three Bears - part of the Goldilocks & the Three Bears collection produced in 2008.

The Three Bears - part of the Goldilocks & the Three Bears collection produced in 2008.

Among the new releases on display in the R.John Wright Dolls booth at the New York International Toy Fair in 2005 were two impressively large (20") bears named "Duncan" and "Fiona."

Among the new releases on display in the R.John Wright Dolls booth at the New York International Toy Fair in 2005 were two impressively large (20") bears named "Duncan" and "Fiona."

The "The Café Bears" were a pair of irresistible cubs made in 2010 exclusively for a RJW Retailer in the UK. Referencing their favorite coffee drink, the bears were named Café au Lait and Café Espresso.

The "The Café Bears" were a pair of irresistible cubs made in 2010 exclusively for a RJW Retailer in the UK. Referencing their favorite coffee drink, the bears were named Café au Lait and Café Espresso.

Café au Lait is a warm, light brown alpaca plush with a dark brown nose and paw pads with delicate airbrushed coloration.

Café au Lait is a warm, light brown alpaca plush with a dark brown nose and paw pads with delicate airbrushed coloration.

Café Espresso, is made of a corresponding rich dark brown alpaca with a beige nose and paw pads with delicate airbrushed coloration.

Café Espresso, is made of a corresponding rich dark brown alpaca with a beige nose and paw pads with delicate airbrushed coloration.

The Bear Captain, from the RJW BEARS-AT-SEA Collection was released in 2006. Measuring 22" standing, he is fully jointed and made of the finest custom-made grey alpaca plush.


The Bear Captain, from the RJW BEARS-AT-SEA Collection was released in 2006. Measuring 22" standing, he is fully jointed and made of the finest custom-made grey alpaca plush.

The formidal Pirate King, joined the BEARS-AT-SEA in 2007. Measuring an impressive 23" standing. he is fully jointed and made of the finest lustrous black alpaca plush with detailed shading. His felt paw pads and individually inserted resin claws give the Pirate King a menacing realism. His wonderful character face features striking blue glass pupil eyes and a molded leather nose.

The formidal Pirate King, joined the BEARS-AT-SEA in 2007. Measuring an impressive 23" standing. he is fully jointed and made of the finest lustrous black alpaca plush with detailed shading. His felt paw pads and individually inserted resin claws give the Pirate King a menacing realism. His wonderful character face features striking blue glass pupil eyes and a molded leather nose.