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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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 red Picasso flower pattern Bizarre platter hand painted, with factory mark to base. Length 33 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Latona Tree' charger, English, circa 1929. 45.5 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff 'Secrets Orange’ charger, English, circa 1935. 45.5 cm diameter. Reference: Clarice Cliff, The Art of Bizarre Leonard Griffin, Pavillion Books 1999, p. 63

A large Clarice Cliff painted charger designed by Dame Laura Knight, English, circa 1934. 46 cm diameter

A Clarice Cliff bizarre 'Blue Secrets' charger, English, circa 1930. 45 cm diameter

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

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

A Clarice Cliff 'Blue Firs' platter, 1930s/40s, Royal Staffordshire, decoration pattern 6194, 'Biarritz' shape, rectangular with a circular dished centre, printed marks underside, width 26 cm. Depth 21 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Clovre' tulip charger, with Bizarre backstamp and hand inscribed 'Clovre'. Depth 33.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre blue and white oval platter, of 1934, Vanessa bell design of blue and white blossoms. Length 42 cm

Wedgwood collectors club Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' platter, cracked

Clarice Cliff 23 piece part dinner set. Creamware, with geometric silver overlay. One oval platter, 6 large dinner plates, 3 small dinner plates, two desert bowls, one side plate, one teapot, one coffee pot, one coffee cup and saucer, and one tea cup. Seve

A Clarice Cliff Biarritz dinner service, with stylised blue flower decoration, comprising a tureen and cover, platter and six each of cups, saucers, side plates, luncheon plates, dinner plates and soup bowls, printed marks, restoration to one dinner plate