Dr Christina Clarke is an art and design historian specialising in human interactons with metals and the production of metal material culture from prehistory to the present. She is interested in metallurgical technologies, especially those pertaining to vessel production, throughout various phases of prehistory and pre-industrial history in Europe, the Near East, Middle East, Africa, India, the Far East and the Americas. She has published and lectured on a number of topics relating to the history of metallurgy and metal objects and is currently a Sessional Lecturer in the Australian National University Centre for Art History and Art Theory, where she teaches about contemporary craft and design theory and practice.
Christina graduated from the Australian National University in 2012 with a PhD for her thesis entitled "The manufacture of Minoan metal vessels: Theory and practice", published in 2013 by Åströms förlag as a monograph in the series Studies in Mediterraean Archaeology - Pocket Books. Read more about this project here. A vital aspect of the methodology of this project was the replication of prehistoric tools and metalsmithing equipment and the practical application of these to create metal objects. Such research techniques can reveal not only how ancient technologies were used but also how the use of these technologies affected the practitioner, with implications for how we interpret the role of the craft practitioner in prehistoric societies.
Since January 2015, Christina has worked on the John Houstone Collection of Early Australian Silver at the National Gallery of Australia. She is particularly interested in the technical aspects of early Australian silver: how silversmiths in colonial Australia produced their wares under the strain of geograpical, cultural and technological isolation. An interview with Dr Clarke about this project can be found at the blog of the Canberra Library Tribe.
In 2018, Christina is researching gold and silver plate produced for the court of Louis XIV, for which she had received an Endeavour Research Fellowship.
See Christina's academia.edu profile at http://anu-au.academia.edu/ChristinaClarke.