Learn about Cliff, Clarice

The life story of English potter and designer Clarice Cliff, (1899-1972) is a real-life rags-to riches story. Clarice was born in the potteries area in Tunstall, Staffordshire in 1899, and her father was an iron moulder, while her mother took in washing.

She attended school until age 13 and then left to work in a lowly paid job in the potteries. At that time the potteries were the major employers of women in the North Staffordshire and at the time she commenced work there were over 20,000 women employed.

The jobs for women ranged from being assistants to the men who threw the pots, to the less menial but repetitive task of painting prescribed designs onto clay blanks.

After 10 years, and a several of changes of employer, she had learned a number of trades and mastered the techniques of gilding, enamelling, lithography and design.

At the age of 17 Clarice Cliff was working for the Royal Staffordshire Pottery owned by A J Wilkinson owned by the Shorter family. and at this time the firm's pattern books begin to credit her as the designer of some of the items illustrated in the books. more...

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Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Blue Firs' sauce boat of conical form, stamped 'Bizarre by Clarice Cliff'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 8 cm

A Clarice Cliff fruit bowl, Newport pottery England, in the beechwood pattern. 1935. Diameter 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' part serving set comprising of 3 meat platters, plate, lidded serving dish, together with an extra lid,designed by Graham Sutherland (as inspected)

Forty piece Clarice Cliff 'Chelsea rose'dinner set to include 6 cups,6 saucers, 6 side/entree/dinner plates,6 soup cups,lidded tureen,platter, together with a gravy boat

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre ' sugar bowl, approx 8 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff 'Beechwood' bowl painted in green & yellow tones on a cream ground, stamped to the base 'Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Diameter 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' art deco bowl, with floral decorations, 33 cm long approx

A Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' bowl, pattern trees and house. 7 cm high, 16 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff sample-decorated bowl, 1930s, Wilkinson, circular, decorated to opposing sides with 'Viscaria' .8 cm high 16 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Cheese Dish, c. 1931-1932, Oranges and Lemons' pattern, 'Athol' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, total height 14 cm, width 19.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Float Bowl, c. 1931, Bobbins' pattern, 'Hiawatha' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 7.5 cm, diameter 28 cm

Clarice Cliff, Latona' Bowl, c. 1929-1930, Flowerheads' pattern, shape 381, factory marks to base 'Latona Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', repaired (A/F), height 11 cm, diameter 18 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Float Bowl, c. 1932-1933, Blue Chintz' pattern, 'Hiawatha' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 7.5 cm, diameter 28 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Float Bowl, c. 1931, Orange Gardenia' pattern, 'Hiawatha' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, diameter 25.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Bowl, c. 1929-1930, Floreat' pattern, impressed shape number '357' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 7.5 cm, diameter 18 cm

Clarice Cliff, Inspiration Bizarre' Conical Bowl, c. 1930, Inspiration Bouquet' pattern, shape number 381, factory marks to base 'Inspiration Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 11 cm, diameter 18 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Octagonal Bowl, c. 1933-1934, Honolulu' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 24.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Comport, c. 1929-1930, Mondrian' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 10 cm, diameter 23 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Crocus' patterned jam pot (8 cm), & a 'Blue Gardenia' patterned pin dish (7 cm diameter)

i) A Clarice Cliff Forest Glen bowl, circa mid 1930's. Printed mark 'Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Ltd England', diameter 9.5 cm. Ii) A Clarice Cliff Forest Glen vase (AF), circa mid 1930's, baluster shape. Printed mark 'Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Lt England'. No

A Clarice Cliff dish (AF), together with a Clarice Cliff honey pot

A 'My garden' float bowl by Clarice Cliff, 1936-1938, the float bowl with an inverted rim in bright orange with a dove grey and brown drip glaze and a large raised central section with moulded flowers in vibrant orange, yellow, amber and green tones with s

A 'Hollyhocks' salt bowl and pepper pot by Clarice Cliff, circa 1937-39, the tapering bullet shaped pepper pot and tapering ribbed salt both decorated with coloured hollyhocks in a garden setting, with pale blue mottled clouds and blue, yellow and tan bord

An 'Autumn Crocus' float bowl by Clarice Cliff, circa 1930, the float bowl of typical inverted form in orange, blue and purple colours around an amber circle on a honey glazed ground with a yellow rim; with Newport pottery backstamp underside and pattern n

A 'Love birds' fruit bowl by Clarice Cliff, circa later 1930s, the tapering beehive shaped bowl with two vibrant emerald, yellow and blue lovebirds in high relief upon a twig on a cream ground, with suffused turquoise to the interior rim; a mauve grey Newp

A Clarice Cliff 'Crocus' patterned English porcelain sugar bowl, circa 1930s. 4 cm high, 7 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Pink Roof Cottage' footed dish, circa 1930. 7.5 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff 'Biarritz' Bazaar dish painted with green hills & blue trees, staped to the base 'The Biarritz Royal Staffordshire England Regd.No.784849 Bizarre By Clarice Cliff' condition good to fair, some crazing, restoration to one corner. Length 31.4 c

A Clarice Cliff Art Deco Delecia pattern bowl, c.1930, Iberis shape. Printed mark: 'Delecia By Clarice Cliff, Hand Painted Wilkinson England.' diameter 25 cm; height 12 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' crocus pattern bowl & stand 14 x 7 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre small sugar bowl, English, circa 1930. 5 cm high, 7 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff 'Idyll' bowl, English, circa 1933. 22.5 cm wide. Reference: Slater G, Brough J 2005, Comprehensively Clarice Cliff, Thames & Hudson p17

A Clarice Cliff bizarre Blue Chintz covered sugar bowl, English, circa 1930 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre 'Blue Autumn' (Balloon Trees) bowl, English, circa 1930 8.8 cm high

Clarice Cliff the Biarritz Royal Staffordshire 'Bizarre' dinner set green and yellow banded pattern, printed factory marks to base, impressed '34', two platters, two lidded tureens, four dinner plates, six soup plates, six dessert plates, twelve side plate

Clarice Cliff 'Delecia' conical bowl, c. 1930-1931 'Delecia' pattern, shape 384, printed factory marks 'Delecia, Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Ltd England'. Height 11.5 cm, diameter 23.5 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Daffodil bowl, c. 1930-1934 'Autumn (balloon trees)' pattern, impressed shape number '450', printed factory marks to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', together with removable frog (2), (A/F). Heig

Two pieces of Clarice Cliff, to include Celtic harvest dish L 15 cm, together with a Bizarre pattern Sungay mustard pot, AF to lid.

Clarice Cliff 'Inspiration' bowl, green, blue and pink inspiration Bizarre pattern. Width 23 cm.

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