Shelley Mathiot lives with her husband, Chris, in New Bern, North Carolina. Her education as an artist is entirely from life, books, workshops and classes. In college, she had an eye towards a career in journalism but chose motherhood and home-schooling her four children instead. She and Chris, who paints in acrylics and watercolors, owned an art supply store together, hosting many workshops and classes for drawing, painting, pottery and more. Her training in clay began there, learning from other potters. “Everyone’s journey is different,” she says “and the traditional sharing of skills from one craftsman to another is now part of my story.”
Now she and Chris run Bear Hands Art Factory, a private teaching and production studio. Shelley offers private and small group lessons, and works on orders for her galleries and wholesale. Chris paints in acrylics, keeps the machinery and kilns running, and also assists in production. Shelley’s work is at The Village Art Gallery in Oriental, Mike’s Farm in Beulaville, Carolina Artist’s Gallery in Morehead and The Tryon Museum Store in New Bern.