There were no bear making courses for Claudia to attend.
She bought a book and sewed her first teddy bear.
“After the first teddy bear, the so-called ‘teddy virus’ had caught me. That was at the end of 1999.”
A short time later she discovered a teddy bear magazine and found and exhibition in Hanover.
“There was a cutting and design course offered, which
I unceremoniously registered for.”
“There I met Eleonore Unkel-Schäufelin, with whom I then did many more teddy bear courses.”
Claudia created bigger bears, it was already clear to her that her passion would be to create small bears.
Later in her bear making journey, she studied with Rotraud Ilisch, Linda Benson and Jutta Michels.
“It was and is important to me to learn new techniques and try out many new things. I don't want to stand still;
I want to keep evolving.”
Sizing down from big bears to smaller bears began in 2005.
Her bears measure between
2 to 3.5 inches tall (5-9cm).
Besides bears Claudia makes other animals; rabbits, pigs babyfants, geese, dogs, hedgehogs, mice, penguins and reindeer.
“I always enjoy designing something new.”
Claudia has her own sewing room, a quiet space to create and design new vignettes.
She has a sewing machine and an embroidery machine, but Claudia does not use them to sew her little bears.