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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Rare miniature Clarice Cliff salts jar with cover in the form of a cockeral

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' preserve pot "Umbrellas and Rain" pattern, some paint losses, 7.5 cm high, 7.8 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Jam Pot, c. 1930-1931, Melon' Pattern, shape 230, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Hand Painted Newport Pottery England, height 8 cm

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

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

Large Clarice Cliff 'harvest time'lidded sugar pot height 11.5 cm approx

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

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunrise' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929. 8.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Rhodanthe' fern pot, circa 1930high

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' Beehive Preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tiger Tree' Beehive Preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Green Chintz' Beehive preserve pot, circa 1930. 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929. 8.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Autumn Pastel' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1932. 9.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunray & Leaves' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1929

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Broth' cylindrical preserve pot, circa 1928. 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Crocus' pattern mustard pot, salt and pepper, the pot with original lid.

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, 'Bizarre' Marmalade jam pot printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England'. Height 9 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Crocus' cruet set, comprising of a salt shaker (8 cm high), pepper shaker (7.5 cm high) and lidded mustard pot (6.2 cm high)

Clarice Cliff crocus honey pot with bee shaped finial, 9.5 cm approx

Clarice Cliff, 'Fantasque Bizarre' fern pot, 'Autumn' pattern, painted factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque Bizarre By Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England'. Height 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre lidded honey pot of circular section painted with the Ravel pattern. Height 80. Together with a matching conical shaped bowl on four triangular feet. Small rim chips, printed marks. Diameter 15 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Broth' Fern pot, circa 1930, Wilkinson, 'Chester' shape, octagonal with a flaring rim above a bulbous body, printed marks underside. Height 8.5 cm. Width 10 cm

Clarice Cliff honey pot with lid. Hand painted decoration with 'Bee' handle

A Clarice Cliff bizarre octagonal small flower pot with a short flared rim, painted in a poppy design on a Delecia ground, dominant tones of red, purple, orange and green, printed marks to base. Diameter 102. Height 8.7 cm

A Clarice Cliff bizarre, honey pot and cover. Ovoid shape, decorated in the crocus pattern. Height 12 cm

A Clarice Cliff Nasturtium pattern preserve pot, circa 1930, decorated with bold floral design against a mottled brown ground, signed to base. Height 8 cm

Clarice Cliff beehive Art Deco honey pot, c1930 Newport Pottery Staffordshire, rodanthe design, hand painted. Height 9.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre beehive honey pot, circa1932-35, the small tiered form with roped exterior displaying the 'Autumn' pattern in pastel tones. Stamped to base Fantasque, Newport Pottery England. N.B. Missing lid and with hairline crack. Height 4.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff green 'Orange trees and house' pattern preserve pot and cover a geometric tea-bowl saucer and jug

A Clarice Cliff Crocus pattern pepper pot, honey pot and cover, 11 cm and 9 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus pattern honey pot and two Cruets, circa 1935, the Cauldrons shape honey pot painted with flowers in bloom on a yellow ground black factory stamp. Height 7.5 cm; the cruets of conical form unmarked. Height 8 cm .

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Gayday' pattern honey pot, compressed cylindrical painted with a repeating border of asters in flower on a yellow ground black printed factory marks 9.5 cm high.

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Autumn Crocus' patterned, octagonal fern pot painted with blue, purple and orange crocus flowers, and with the black factory mark

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