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...

Learn about Coffee Pots

Before the invention of the dripolator, percolator and the expresso machine, the roasted and ground coffee beans were placed in a pot, and hot water was added, to infuse the water with the coffee. After the coffee had brewed it was ready for pouring, a similar process to that used to make tea now. It was not until the invention of the percolator in the late 19th century, that use of the coffee pot began to decline. From the early 18th century to the end of the 19th century, coffee pots were produced in silver, silver plate and by most of the major ceramics producers who produced dinnerware, including Wedgwood, Royal Worcester and Belleek.
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A Clarice Cliff Byzantine diamond pattern coffee pot. 7 cm high, 16 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff bizarre orange 'Tresco' coffee set, English, circa 1935 the coffee pot 16 cm high

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' coffee pot, c. 1929-1930 'Swirls' pattern, stamped 'Registration applied for', printed factory marks to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England'. Height 21.5 cm

Rare Clarice Cliff art deco coffee set, conical shape, applique range, lucerne pattern. Comprising coffee pot, six each cups and saucers, cream and sugar. Excellent original condition. Small glaze loss rim of sugar

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' Eva Crofts for Clarice Cliff coffee set, c.1934 'Field Flowers' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Designed by Eva Crofts Produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', six cups, six saucers, coffee

Clarice Cliff, 'Fantasque' tankard coffee pot 'Broth' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', stamped 'Lawleys Norfolk Pottery in Stoke'. Height 19 cm

Clarice Cliff, 'Goldstone Bizarre' coffee set 'Goldstone' pattern, printed factory marks to base, 'Hand Painted Goldstone Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Pottery England', six cups, six saucers, coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl (A/F) (15) Measurements co

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus coffee pot, with black printed Newport Pottery mark to base. Impressed '36'. Height 19 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fifteen piece earthenware coffee service, 'Sunburst' pattern comprising coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl, having an all over geometric 'Bizarre' colour way

Clarice Cliff 23 piece part dinner set. Creamware, with geometric silver overlay. One oval platter, 6 large dinner plates, 3 small dinner plates, two desert bowls, one side plate, one teapot, one coffee pot, one coffee cup and saucer, and one tea cup. Seve

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Solomon's seal pattern part demi tasse coffee set, circa 1930, comprising three demi tasse coffee cups and saucers a milk jug and a conical sugar bowl each painted with stylised flowers within mauve blue and green borders black fact

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