We create from who and what we are. The old adage to novice writers, "Write what you know", applies equally to makers "Make what you know". I was just honored by my family with breakfast in bed and a video card that made me cry on cue, for being a mother.
The role of mother has molded my identity as much as it has shaped my time. It has forever changed my relationship to the domestic sphere of life, colored by duel feelings of nurturing and obligation. It would be unnatural if these experiences didn't find expression in my work. Sometimes the influence is more subtle, like in the choice of materials. Other times it is more central to the theme of the work. Either way, being a mother is undeniably an influence. There may be times when I lament my time constraints or compare my output to those without similar demands, but ultimately I choose to honor this aspect of myself and by extension, all mothers who are also makers.