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 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

Clarice Cliff, 'Fantasque Bizarre' plate, 'Autumn' pattern, painted factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque Bizarre By Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', with impressed shape mark '31'. Diameter 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, 'Fantasque Bizarre' octagonal plate, 'Orange Trees & House' pattern, painted factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque Bizarre By Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England' and 'Wilkinson England Honeyglaze Ha

Clarice Cliff, 'Fantasque' plate, 'Pastel Trees and House' pattern, painted factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque By Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England', with impressed shape mark. Diameter 25.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Patchwork leaves pattern 9' square plate (Newport pottery mark 1929)

Ceramics and Glassware: Selection of oddments including Cannie Ridge Pottery lamp stand (Allan Letts); Clarice Cliff 'Rural Scenes' pattern sandwich plate; vintage Murano style red glass ashtray. (9 items)

Four Clarice Cliff Rhodanthe pattern plates. Rectangular form with brightly painted sunflower on a beige ground. Black factory mark. 27 cm, 23 cm wide

Clarice Cliff 'Platinum Hotel' dinner service for six persons consisting of two lidded tureens, six half moon side plates, six soup bowls, six dinner plates, six entree plates, six bread plates, six cups and saucers, two gravy boats, two sauce boats and tw

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Pansies plate. Hand-painted in bright colours

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Art Deco tea set.11 pieces including teapot, cups, saucers, jug, bowl and plate

Clarice Cliff, 'Bizarre' plate, with 'Blue Chintz' hand painted pattern, stamped on back 'Hand Painted Bizarre By Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England' A/F. Diameter 23.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre lozenge shaped plate in the 'Blue Chintz' pattern. Width 20.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre plate, with sunburst geometric pattern in blue yellow orange and mauve. Diameter 27.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Moderne egg cup set, the Wilkinson Potteries figural duck plate with four cups in Odette pattern. Two cups with nibbled rims. Height 13 cm

A Clarice Cliff Stamford pattern teaset in the 'Bignou' pattern, 18 pieces comprising six cups, saucers and plates, the abstract pattern to the handles and part rim of plates and saucers in bright orange, red, blue and yellow with black outline, minor dama

Clarice Cliff vase, shape 269, painted in the orange tree and house pattern together with a small Clarice Cliff plate with painted floral decoration. Vase. Height 15 cm. Plate. Diameter 19 cm

A Clarice Cliff applique Avignon patterned plate of octagonal form, hand painted with a blue bridge, green and purple foliage, orange background within a banded border of yellow, red and black, printed and painted marks to reverse and factory flaw and minu

Rare Clarice Cliff bizarre octagonal plate in Sunburst pattern, C:1930

Six Clarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus coffee cans, with two saucers and four octagonal side plates, one repaired. A black printed Newport pottery mark to base. Height 5.5 cm.

Clarice Cliff Deco tea pot, vegetable tureen and meat plate

Clarice Cliff 'Biarritz' plate, Royal Staffordshire (26x21 cm)

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