caitlin j clarke

Caitlin Clarke is an maker and artist based in Cornwall, UK. Born in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa New Zealand she graduated in 2017 with a BFA from the University of Canterbury. Through a sculptural, archival, and environmental practice Caitlin uses materiality, storytelling, and the earth itself to encourage a more intelligent and caring engagement with the non-human world. This research currently focuses on a ceramic practice incorporating foraging, resource management and archeological research. Caitlins’ aim is to be part of the conversation about how connections to the earth, one another and ecologies can grow. Caitlin is one of the three kaiwhakahaere of Ōtautahi Kōrerotia.


Academic history:

2014 – 2017: The University of Canterbury, Bachelor of Fine Arts. Major: Sculpture.
2019-2020: Victoria University of Wellington. Postgraduate certificate in Library and Information Studies, majoring in Archives and records management

Recent exhibitions:

States of Flow - Sanderson Contemporary Art, Auckland, New Zealand, June - July 2023
Mora Farm/Art Residency, Mora Farm Liskeard Cornwall, Feb - May 2023
Bold Blue, Red Hill, WAVE Dunedin, New Zealand,  June 2022
A home, Sculpture on the Peninsula, Banks Peninsula New Zealand, January 2022
An island whose thoughts turn seaward, ADJØ, Dunedin, New Zealand (solo) November 2021
Belly full of green, Hot Lunch (solo) Christchurch, New Zealand, July 2021
Piki Mai; Up here! RM at Auckland Art fair, New Zealand, February, 2021. 
Rocky base, outstretched palm (returning), An ongoing reciprocity process around Te Wai Pōunamu, New Zealand, 2018- 2021.
A Path In, Laurel Projectspace (solo), Dunedin, New Zealand, November 2019.
A Weakened dark in the deepest, deepest blue, RM, Auckland, New Zealand, September 2019.
One cheek on a warm stone, one finger in a cool stream, Corbans Estate (solo), Auckland, New Zealand, November 2018
Wā O Mua, Blue Oyster, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 2018
Ōtautahi Kōrerotia: Are you being looked after? The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, June 2018
Shared Lines, Christchurch, Wellington & Kaikoura, New Zealand, 2017, 2019
A soft place to sit and read (pink matter), Graduate show, Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2017
Entropy, The Refinery Artspace (solo), Nelson, New Zealand, (solo) 2017
Whakahoki, The Art Center, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2017
Following Waiura, First Thursdays, Christchurch, New Zealand 2017
Meadow, The Casting Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, (solo) 2017
Ko Wai Koe?, First Thursdays, Christchurch New Zealand, 2016

Pottery Collections:

A river from above- 116 objects, Christchurch, New Zealand,  November 2022
Tidal Zone, 4 objects, Christchurch, New Zealand, August 2021
Iron Floss- 47 objects, Christchurch, New Zealand,  December 2021 
Darker Rock Velvet- 97 objects, Christchurch, New Zealand,  August 2021
Carrier - 45 objects, Christchurch, New Zealand, September 2020

Curatorial Projects:

Common Ground, Next Gallery, Christchurch,New Zealand,  2016.
2017 - ongoing: Ōtautahi Kōrerotia.
ŌK consists of Māia Abraham, Hamish Petersen and myself. 


2022 Halswell Pottery Group 50th Anniversary Exhibition - Ceramic practitioner of Merit
2017 Blues award for Arts Engagement.
2016 Rosemary Johnson Muller Scholarship

2014 University of Canterbury Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship

2013 Top art award, Excellence endorsed all NCEA.


Mora Farm/Art Residency, Mora Farm Liskeard Cornwall, Feb 2023
Install residency, Hot Lunch, Christchurch New Zealand, July 2021
Tui Residency, Corbans Art Estate, Auckland, New Zealand, Jan-Feb, 2018
Student Series Residency, SOFA Gallery, Christchurch, 2016


The Artpaper, SOIL, Deep time Submerging A response to Caitlin Clarke’s Bold Blue, Red Hill, by Andrea Bell Published 2023
Garden of clay,
June 2022, a collaboration with Director and filmmaker, Martin Sagadin for Legacies: five short films for cinema commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Moving Image.
Fulbright University Vietnam, Saigon, and Á Space, Hanoi: 13 January 2024
Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Wellington: 12 May—30 July 2023
Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland: 2 Sept—22 Oct 2022
Hot Lunch Gallery, LEFTOVERS, Published 2023
Hot Lunch Gallery, Response to Belly Full of Green, Hamish Petersen, 2021. 
“Finding time to discuss nothing”, Ōtautahi Kōrerotia for As Needed, as possible: emerging discussions on art, labor and collaboration Enjoy Gallery and GLORIA books, 2021. Listen here.
Art Not Science - Episode 23 - Alix Ashworth, Caitlin Clarke, Dave Marshall, and Maia McDonald ( 0:42:42), June 21, 2021 Listen here.
Ceramics NZ, Beneath each history, another history, on the work of Caitlin Clarke, Sarah McClintock, 2020.
Sedimentality, Milly Mitchell-Anyon, 2019. Written for A path in Laurel Projectspace, November, 2019
Art Seen: November 14, by Robyn Maree Pickens, 2019 Read here.
A weakened dark, in the deepest, deepest blue, Arwen Miriama Sommer, 2019



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collections archive

past ceramic work

bold blue, red hill


belly full of green



 artist biography


let’s talk 


past work, landscapes and film photography

caitlin j clarke
St Dominic, Cornwall