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 cheese cover, no under plate or factory mark,

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

A Thirty one piece Clarice Cliff dinner service, circa 1934, in 'Aura' (green), pattern 6385. A setting for six comprising soup, dinner, entree and bread and butter plates, two covered tureens, three oval platters, a gravy boat with stand, having a hand de

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' cheese cover and plate 'Gay Day' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England'. Height 11.5 cm, width 19 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Passionfruit' sauce boat and butter dish, 1930s/40s, Wilkinson/Royal Staffordshire, decoration pattern 6734, each triangular (the dish shape 472), the decoration on a 'Honeyglaze' ground, impressed, printed, and painted marks underside. He

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