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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A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' vase of squat baluster shape with bold floral painted decoration in bright colours. Newport Pottery mark, hairline crack to rim. Diameter 16 cm

A 20th century vase, the foot ornamented with low flower relief. Mark Clarice Cliff to base. Height 21 cm.

Clarice Cliff fish form vase, mushroom glaze with blue highlights, approx 16 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Rhodanthe' pattern cylindrical vase. Height 16 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Tahiti' pattern vase, shape #265, of swollen cylindrical form, the restrained yellow florals with green and red highlights on striking dark blue ground, printed, painted and moulded marks to the base. Height 15.3 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Fantasque Pebbles pattern, vase, c.1930s, printed factory marks to base. Height 30.8 cm

A tall vase, mid 20th century, in the style of Clarice Cliff. Crack and restoration visible, small paint missing, crazing. Height 32.5 cm

Clarice Cliff seven colour trees & houses vase. 11.5 cm high approx.

A "Crocus"; Clarice Cliff vase (A/F)

Clarice Cliff ";my garden" bizarre vase H12 cm approx

Clarice Cliff Bizarre vase, Alton pattern. 25.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Fantasque vase, red garden pattern. 23 cm high

Clarice Cliff, Vase, c. 1937, Dryday' pattern, raised shape number '774' and printed factory marks to base 'Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 21 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Vase, c. 1932-1933, Blue Chintz' pattern, raised shape number '362', unsigned, hairline crack to body (A/F), height 20 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Vase, c. 1932-1933, Blue Chintz' pattern, raised shape number '195' and printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Vase, c.1935, Fragrance' pattern, raised shape number '630' and factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 20 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Vase, c. 1929, Lily Black' pattern, shape 362, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 20 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Meiping Vase, c. 1930, Gloria Garden' pattern, impressed size '10 1/4' inches and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 26 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Vase, c. 1929-1931, Orange Trees and House' pattern, impressed shape number '280' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 16 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Vase, Green Alton' pattern, impressed shape number '515' and printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', with Insert (2), height 12.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Vase, c. 1934, Green Alton' pattern, shape 342, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 20 cm

Clarice Cliff, Inspiration Bizarre' Yo Vase, c. 1930, Inspiration Bouquet' pattern, shape number 378, factory marks to base 'Inspiration Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 15.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Inspiration Bizarre' Vase, c. 1929, Inspiration Comets' pattern, shape number 380, hand painted factory marks to base 'Inspiration Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery Burslem England', with Insert (2), height 18.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Vase, House and Bridge' pattern, shape 362, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 20 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Meiping Vase, c. 1933-1934, Delecia Poppy' pattern, impressed shape number '14 D' and printed factory marks to base 'Delecia Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 22.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Inspiration Bizarre' Vase, c. 1929, Inspiration Fantasy Flowers' pattern, shape number 356, hand painted factory marks to base 'Inspiration Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery Burslem England, height 18 cm, diameter 24 cm

i) A Clarice Cliff Forest Glen bowl, circa mid 1930's. Printed mark 'Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Ltd England', diameter 9.5 cm. Ii) A Clarice Cliff Forest Glen vase (AF), circa mid 1930's, baluster shape. Printed mark 'Clarice Cliff, Wilkinson Lt England'. No

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Butterfly' vase, circa 1929. 15.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Gibraltar' vase, circa 1931. 20 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Floret' globe vase, circa 1930. 15 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Orange Erin' vase, circa 1933. 13 cm high

Pair of Clarice Cliff 'My Garden' tall cylindrical vases decorated with tree branch handles and flowers

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Patina tree vase, c.1932, hand painted ceramic printed factory marks to base. Height 19.3 cm

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