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 'Sunshine' set of three conical cup saucers & cake plate stamped & numbered to the base '8978'. Condition, good, minor paint losses consistant with age, height of coffee cans, 5.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Crocus' trio comprising a cup, saucer & plate, stamped 'Crocus hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England'. Condition, good, minor paint losses & crazing consistant with age, diameter of pla

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Capri green' rectangular plate stamped 'The Biarritz Royal Staffordshire Great Britain Regd no. 184849 Bizarre by Clarice Cliff'. Condition, good, minor paint awre & crazing consistant with age. Dimensions, 23 x 1

Clarice Cliff Bizarre sandwich plate with geometric design (some scratches & small chips to back of rim), 29.5 cm wide

Clarice Cliff designed by Dame Laura Knight, circus pattern Bizarre plate, hand painted with circus seals, c.1934, with factory mark and Laura Knight facsimile signature to the base. Diameter 25.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre - Aura' Sandwich plate. Length 24 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' octagonal plate "Umbrellas and Rain" pattern, 14.5 cm wide

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

Clarice Cliff 'Rodanthe' display plate, 23 cm diameter approx. A/f together with 2 Rodanthe pin dishes

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' plate, 'Sungay' pattern together with Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' 'Autumn Crocus' plate

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' octagonal plate, melon-Picasso fruit pattern, chips under rim & some surface wear, 20 cm diameter approx.

Clarice Cliff cheese cover, no under plate or factory mark,

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' plate, 'Blue Chintz', chip to rim & some wear to surface, 24 cm diameter approx.

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' plate, 'Geometric' pattern, some surface wear, 22 cm diameter approx,

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Leda Plate, c. 1930, Applique Idyll' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Applique Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 16 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Plate, c.1934, Orange Erin' pattern, factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 23 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Cake Plate, c. 1929-1930, Orange Sunrise' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 10.5 cm, diameter 25 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Plate, c. 1932-1933, Blue Chintz' pattern, factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 25.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Octagonal Sandwich Plate, c. 1930-1932, Melon' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, diameter 15 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Octagonal Sandwich Plate, c. 1933, Orange Alton' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 22 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Cake Plate, c. 1929, Plums' pattern, factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 23 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Cup and Saucer, c. 1931, Oranges' pattern, 'Athens' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', together with a 'Fantasque' plate in 'Oranges' pattern, st

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Woodland pattern plate. of 1930. Diameter 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' cake plate with handle diameter 22 cm approx

An 'Aurea' Sandwich plate by Clarice Cliff, circa mid 1930s, the shaped square plate with broad sunflower style blooms in pink, yellow and green colours above sinuous brown stems and a grassy floral base, handpainted over the deep cream glaze, with black b

Clarice Cliff, designed by Dame Laura Knight circus pattern Bizarre plate, c. 1934 hand painted, with funambulist, with factory mark to base and Laura Knight facsimile signature. Diameter 26 cm

Clarice Cliff, designed by Dame Laura Knight circus pattern Bizarre plate, c. 1934 hand painted, with a performing horse, with factory mark to base and Laura Knight facsimile signature. Diameter 26 cm

Clarice Cliff, designed by Dame Laura Knight circus pattern Bizarre plate, c. 1934 hand painted, with acrobat performing on horse, with factory mark to base and Laura Knight facsimile signature. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Day & Night' small plate, circa 19305 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Trees & House' small plate, circa 1930diameter

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Gardenia' large plate, circa 1931. 23 cm diameter

A pair of Clarice Cliff 'Bignou' trios, Introduced 1930, pattern 5824, handpainted with striking abstract orange, green, blue and yellow shapes upon a honeyglaze ground, the cups of tapering form with solid triangular wedge form handles; with backstamps un

Six Clarice Cliff 'Bignou' pattern tea cups, saucers and plates

Clarice Cliff ' fantasque' cabinet plate trees and house pattern, 24 cm approx width

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 pair of 'Bizarre' plates, c. 1931-1932 'Farmhouse' pattern, impressed shape number '34', printed factory marks to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England' diameter 19 cm each

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' Eva Crofts for Clarice Cliff Bachelor tea set 'Field Flowers' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Designed by Eva Crofts Produced in Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', cup, saucer, side plate, tea pot

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