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© 2023 by Shelley Mathiot. Website created by H. M. Smelcer

Always Original

My studio is named Bear Hands because I love to play with words. Living in New Bern, where our symbol is a bear, made me want to recognize this beautiful city and the hand-made aspect of pottery.
Each piece I make is unique, and my work is always evolving, which is why you won't see my work for sale online anywhere. You can find me at several Eastern North Carolina galleries.  Thanks for looking!


This is the list of galleries where my work is available. I hope you'll stop in!​

Carolina Creations

317A Pollock St.

New Bern NC 28560

Village Gallery

300 Hodges St.

Oriental NC 28571

PH: 252-249-0300

Carolina Artist Gallery

814 Arendell St.

Morehead City NC 28557

PH: 252-726-7550


Introducing: Stamp-Eaze

Finding a way to stamp the bottoms of my pots without damaging them was difficult... until a friend of mine and I collaborated and created Stamp-Eaze! 


  • Stamp clay when it's firm, not soft

  • Even, level result

  • Easy to assemble

  • Adjustable

  • Mess-free!


Stamp-Eaze is now available here.


Learn More