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 '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

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre', afternoon tea set 'Damask Rose' pattern, 'Daffodil' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Damask Rose Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', six cups, six saucers, six side plates, two luncheon plates, tea

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

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' Bachelor tea set 'Pink Pearls' pattern, 'Bonjour' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson England', cup, saucer, side plate, tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl (6) Measurements tea pot height

Good Clarice Cliff circus side plate by Laura Knight, 16.8 cm diameter approx.

Two Clarice Cliff Fantasque plates, Pastel Trees and House / Umbrellas and Rain, circa 1930 each stamped Fantasque by Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Ltd., England to base, 24 / 22 cm diameter

Clarice Cliff fish service from Newport Pottery, circa 1940's, a fish serving plate, sauce boat and six plates. Length of server 38 cm

Clarice Cliff Art Deco 24 pieces part tea and dinner, set, in the 'Spring Crocus' design, design first introduced c.1935, comprising of: six dinner plates, six bread plates, six side plates, three graduated jugs, fruit bowl, sugar bowl with lid, teapot wit

An octagonal Clarice Cliff cake plate with painted 'Gayday' bizarre pattern. Width 28.5 cm

Set of three Clarice Cliff 'Circus' plates designed by Dame Laura Knight

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