Hi, I’m Sue Clark, an artist living and working in Thames, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The Scarlet Lake Arts and Craft Studio has grown out of my love of sharing the creative experience with others. During these difficult times it is beneficial to take time out to get in touch with your creativity, try something new in a safe, nurturing environment and produce some work that is truly your own.
My background involves 25 years of art making with community groups using a range of media. After 13 years of running the Youthtown art studio I ventured out on my own working with community groups and corporates but after a break I’m back doing what I love, running clay and art classes for all ages groups and skill levels. I recently started as a part time arts tutor at Hauraki Lifestyle Trust in Thames.
Before moving to Thames 6 years ago I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design at AUT. Since the move south, I’ve had the time to explore my own arts practice and continue the practice-based research I started at AUT in 2012. Family narratives were the starting point for me along with local history and environmental issues. Mixed media gave me the opportunity to play and experiment in so many different directions, through clay, fibre, printmaking and found objects and my favourite, my father’s tools. My exhibition, Become the River was the culmination of 8 years work, and was installed at Palmers Gallery, situated in an historic building in Grahamstown, Thames, Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Check out other pages on this website to see ‘Become the River’ and my past community work here in Thames and around the Auckland region.