Meet Donna Hinkelman -

Teddy Bear Artist and Designer


I have been creating bears and animals since 1993.

I design and use all my own patterns for my creations. Each piece is hand done entirely by me using premium mohair.

Over the years I’ve received four nominations and two Golden Teddy Awards. I've been featured on the front covers of Teddy Bear Review and Teddy Bear & Friends, plus a feature cover and article in Bears&Buds.

I owned and operated a ceramic studio for 27 years and retired in 1997 to make bears a full time business.

My husband Carl and I will celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary in April. We have a wonderful family; Five children, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grand babies and twins on the way in June. God has certainly blessed us.  

I’m very happy creating bears and animals and also dressing some of them in items from vintage shops. I have made many dear friends along the way. In my heart they are special treasures.  

Creating bears and sharing them with happy, appreciative collectors is a dream come true.


I am very honored and thrilled to have won Bears&Buds' 11th Annual URSA Awards Competition.


"Patton" won First Place in Category 7: Huge Hugs,

and to my surprise he won the prestigious 2016

URSA Major - Best Overall Award.


Thank you to all who voted for Patton.


Sincerely, Donna

Featured Article in the Herald-Palladium


I was featured on a front page of our local newspaper.  read . . .



PayPal through


Content of this site may not be copied without permission of Donna Hinkelman


Bainbridge Bears

Copyrighted  © May 2014 -2017 ~ by Bainbridge Bears
Donna Hinkelman ~ 7010 East Napier~ Benton Harbor, MI 49022 ~ USA

All rights reserved worldwide.

Web Site Developed and Managed by CyberDenDesigns