Founded in Paris and currently based in Los Angeles, A WAYS AWAY is a place to find vibrant DIY content and a collection of handmade ceramics and goods, ranging from home decor to jewelry. Clare's work has been featured in the Washington Post, Apartment Therapy, Elle Decoration Sweden, Real Simple, Etsy Journal and Mollie Makes, amongst others.
Tell us about your artistic background.
I come from a family of really artistic people. My grandfather was a painter, my grandmother was a textile artist, my mother and father were creatives as well. Growing up I was surrounded by creative inspiration constantly.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the East side of the Paris and the building was originally a lampshade factory, and it was full of artists. The artists created their own association in order to preserve the building and keep it standing because all of the other buildings in that area were getting knocked down.
Did you always want to be an artist growing up?
I was a rebel against the way that you're supposed to be when brought up surrounded by artists. I was the kid that wanted to be the doctor or the scientist, or I don't know the, the chef or whatever other career I could choose for myself. I wanted to be an architect. I had so many different ideas of what I wanted to be, being an artist was never part of the picture. I felt so unlucky as a kid to be surrounded by artists. Now I feel so blessed.
What are you most excited about for A WAYS AWAY in the future?
I would love to make things that incorporate different materials. I'd love to incorporate new materials because I am still a very curious person by nature and I still am very passionate about other materials. I have a sewing machine... I have all of these things that I explored before I discovered ceramics, I would love to incorporate them into my work so that the person that is buying my work can also discover those materials.