Dr. Clarke holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia specializing in Italian women, religion and decorative art. She is the Curator at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. While her research specialties lay within the material culture of the Italian Renaissance, especially Italian maiolica, she has expanded this work, examining more closely the female-oriented arts traditions of the Renaissance. In particular, she has studied needle work, lace making, and other domestic decorative arts such as ceramics, tapestries and household devotional objects, which have held very strong traditions in Italian cultural life until the 1960's. Dr. Clarke recently completed a book on Italian Renaissance ceramics, entitled Ideal Brides: Deruta maiolica c.1500 to 1550. In addition to contributing to numerous exhibition catalogues she has published articles in Uppercase Magazine and the Journal of Surface Design.