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 'Capri Orange' jug with ribbed honeypot detail, stamped 'Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 16.5 cm

Clarice Cliff for Wilkinson, 'Winston Churchill' Toby Jug, c. 1930, 'in uniform sitting on a bulldog, holding a warship and a cigar, the base inscribed 'Going into action, May God defend the right', hand signed 'Clarice Cliff' a

Clarice Cliff 'Celtic harvest' jug painted with a moulded fruit handle and sheaves of corn and field poppies on a textured background. Stamped & numbered '57A/S'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 22 cm

A Clarice Cliff wall plaque and two 'Lunaria' Falconware jugs, circa 1930s, the pierced and moulded plaque of floral form in vibrant autumnal hues; the Lunaria jugs, one of ovoid form with an integral handle and sloping rim, and a ribbed trumpet ne

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Athens jug, Crocus' pattern, the octagonal sided jug with flared foot and square angled handle, with printed factory marks to base 'Royal Staffordshire Pottery England A. J. Willkinson Ltd Honeyglaze Clarice Cliff, heigh

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Athens jug, Nasturium' pattern, the octagonal sided jug with flared foot and square angled handle, with printed factory mark to base 'Nasturtium hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England, height 15.5

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Stamford shape hot water jug, orange Erin' pattern, with painted 'S' and printed factory mark to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England, height 13.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Jug, with handpainted geometric design, 15.3 cm high

A satin glazed pottery jug by Clarice Cliff, circa 1930s, pattern 895, the ovoid jug with a ribbed flaring neck, having a moulded flower and stem 'C' shaped handle, in an oatmeal coloured glaze; with raised signature mark underside and pattern numb

Clarice Cliff Bizarre coffee cans (5 - 1 restored) three saucers and matching cream jug

A Clarice Cliff Byzantine Castellated pattern jug, deep blue and orange 17.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Byzantine pattern Newport pottery jug. 17.5 cm high

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Conical Jug, c. 1932, Poplar' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 18 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Perth Jug, c. 1929-1931, Seven Colour Trees and House' pattern, impressed size '30' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 13 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Jug, c. 1933-1934, twin-handled 'Honolulu' pattern, impressed shape name 'ISIS' and printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 24.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Lotus Jug, c. 1930, Original Bizarre' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 30 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Jug, c. 1930 - 1932, single-handled 'Melon' pattern, impressed shape name 'ISIS' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 24 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Lotus Jug, c. 1929, Lily Orange' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 30 cm

Large Clarice Cliff 'harvest time'water jug height 29 cm approx

A large 'Celtic harvest' pedestal jug by Clarice Cliff, late 1930s, the heavily moulded baluster jug with a fruit encrusted scrolling handle, a floral spray with ears of wheat to the spout and wheat sheaf motifs to the textured body in autumnal tones, emer

A 'Rodanthe' jug by Clarice Cliff, circa mid 1930s, the faceted and footed jug with striking orange, amber yellow and black flowers above sinuous brown stems handpainted over the deep cream ground; with black backstamps of 1930-52 period for Royal Stafford

Clarice Cliff Bizarre water jug hand painted, marked 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England', crack to body. Height 17.6 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre cream jug marked to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England', together with a Crown Devon cream jug, hand painted with geometric designs, mark to base (2). Height 9 cm; 11 cm

Clarice Cliff Sunshine pattern Bizarre jug hand painted with sprays of flowers, marked to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England'. Height 12.5 cm

Clarice Cliff tea set comprising teapot, cream jug, six cups and six saucers, decorated with floral motifs on cream ground, marked 'Clarice Cliff Newport pottery Co. England made in England'. Approx. Height 19 cm

Clarice Cliff red Picasso flower pattern Bizarre jug hand painted, printed factory marks to base, minor crack to base. Height 16.5 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Viscaria' jug circa 1936, mould number 634, Newport pottery, approx 17.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Oranges' jug, circa 1932. 17 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Orange Trees and House' jug, circa 1929. 16 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Coral Firs' jug, circa 1929. 16 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Farm House' lotus jug, circa 1930. 29.5 cm high

Seven piece Clarice Cliff lemonade set in autumn tones, 6 mugs & a jug

A Clarice Cliff fantasque 'Sunray and Leaves' faceted jug, English, circa 1930. 18 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre 'Inspiration Rose' lotus jug, English, circa 1930. 25 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunburst' jug, English. circa 1930. 13 cm high

A Clarice Cliff water jug designed by Dame Laura Knight, English, circa 1934. 28 cm high

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' lotus jug, English, circa 1930. 29 cm high

A Clarice Cliff 'Slice Fruit' lotus jug, English, circa 1930. 29 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre 'Summerhouse' lotus jug, English, circa 1930. 29 cm high

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