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 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

Clarice Cliff, designed by Dame Laura Knight Ballerinas pattern Bizarre tankard, c. 1934 hand painted, with factory marks to base and Laura Knight facsimile signature. Height 16.5 cm

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 water jug designed by Dame Laura Knight, English, circa 1934. 28 cm high

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

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

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

Clarice Cliff jug with Ballerinas designed by Laura Knight. Height 28 cm

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