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Mother's Day with Claire Taylor

Mother's Day with Claire Taylor

29th Apr 2022

How did you find working through lockdown along with parenting?

Working through the first lockdown in 2020 meant I already had a really good set up at home. I’d also become a mother for the first time, so I’ve been working through lockdowns with both a newborn and a toddler. I found the first lockdown gave me some extra space and time, with a newborn. I found the latest lockdown to be quite gruelling, not necessarily because I was parenting a two year old. With my business having a shopfront it suffered every time we closed down, even with online orders coming through.

How did your process changed?

My concept of time has changed since having Luka. It always seems like I’m catching up when I get a day in the studio now, so it’s a blessing to have an existing collection that I’m happy to continue making. Creating new designs is incredibly time consuming, I’ve realised you really need to immerse yourself for a full day to get a lot of work done. 

Now that I can only get to the bench for a couple of hours a day, I realise how much I took for granted. When I sell a piece, I really appreciate it. It’s also quite fun working with a two year old crawling around your bench - if I hand a piece of wax to Luka he’ll be happy playing with it for hours.

Before lockdowns, I used to do a weekly city run to get jobs done so when lockdown started I switched to posting things instead. It gave me a lot more time in my day to get some work done and being around for Luka. It's so much more time efficient. Adapting to customers needs during lockdowns definitely helped me get a bit more adept with selling online and using technology.

Do you think your style has changed?

While I don’t think my style has change since having Luka, I did develop a new style of collection in lockdown. In 2019 I went to India to learn a new enamelling technique and I’d bought a kiln which got delivered just before the very first lockdown in 2020. It gave me the time to experiment with the new process and develop a new line.

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