Clare Daněk

Clare Daněk


My PhD research uses an autoethnographic approach to explore amateur craft learning in open access community spaces and the home, looking at printmaking, ceramics and sewing, and considering learning alongside others, the development of a creative voice, and the role played by the making space in practitioners’ development. This interest builds on many years of amateur creative practice, including analogue photography, writing, and sewing, and builds on autoethnographic research undertaken at MA level, in which I considered the acquisition of craft skills through undertaking a beginner’s woodwork course.

Prior to undertaking this research, I have worked in various management and communications roles in the arts and creative industries for twenty years, in areas including contemporary visual and digital art, puppetry, festivals, electronic music, and design policy.


Research interests

Amateur creativity

•Social making
•Craft in the context of arts and health
•Craft autoethnography


  • BA (hons) Fine Art (painting) Norwich University of the Arts 1998
  • MA Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, University of Leeds, 2016