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 good Clarice Cliff 'Pastel Autumn' conical part-tea set, includes teapot, pair of cups and saucers, cream jug and side plate, solid angular handles and spouts, the landscape with large billowing trees in green, red, pink and yellow tones, blue highlights

Clarice Cliff, A Bonjour porcelain coffee service, circa 1930, modelled in Art Deco geometric forms and comprising: a coffee pot and cover, sugar, milk jug and six coffee cans and saucers, painted with stylised scattering foliage in pinks, orange and green

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sunshine' set of three conical cup saucers & cake plate stamped & numbered to the base '8978'. Condition, good, minor paint losses consistant with age, height of coffee cans, 5.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Crocus' trio comprising a cup, saucer & plate, stamped 'Crocus hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England'. Condition, good, minor paint losses & crazing consistant with age, diameter of pla

Clarice Cliff Bizarre coffee cans (5 - 1 restored) three saucers and matching cream jug

A Clarice Cliff 'Bignou' cup and saucer, 1930s, the Art Deco cup of conical form with a shaped triangular handle decorated with handpainted radiating panels and curved motifs in yellow, green, orange, blue and purple with striking black outlines upon a dee

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Duck Egg Cup Set for Four, c. 1929-1930, Umbrellas and Rain' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England' (5), height 14 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Globe Cup and Saucer, c. 1929, Lily Black' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England' (2), cup diameter 9 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

A Clarice Cliff 'Liberty' coffee can and saucer, circa 1930. The can with a simple loop handle handpainted with horizontal bands in differing widths in orange, yellow and black; with black Bizarre backstamps underside with mark of Newport pottery. Saucer d

A mixed Clarice Cliff coffee can and saucer, circa 1928 and after. The can in original Bizarre in purple, green and russet upon a yellow and cream ground, with a banded Fantasque saucer; backstamps underside to both, the cup with the early handpainted Biza

Clarice Cliff Deco cup and saucer with Forest Glen pattern

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Gayday' trio, circa 1930plate 15 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

Rare Clarice Cliff art deco coffee set, conical shape, applique range, Lucerne pattern. Comprising coffee pot, six each cups and saucers, cream and sugar. Excellent original condition. Small glaze loss rim of sugar

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' 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

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Fantasque Art Deco cup, conical shape with angular handle, painted in bright emanels with the 'Orange House' design

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

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 set of four Clarice Cliff Bignou pattern trios with angular handles, painted with stylised sunburst decoration, in colours of orange blue, yellow and purple, black factory mark. (12)

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.

Boxed Wedgwood Clarice Cliff 'Coral Fires' cup and saucer (certificate in office)

Boxed Wedgwood Clarice Cliff 'Trees & house' cup and saucer (certificate in office)

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 pair of Clarice Cliff 'Moderne Jewell' Bizarre trios.

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre cup and saucer,-36, the cup and matching saucer displaying the 'Original Bizarre' pattern in blue and rust orange. Stamped to base Newport Pottery England. Cup. Height 6 cm, saucer diameter 14 cm

Clarice Cliff, tureen, cup set and a Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' plate a/f

A Clarice Cliff orange crocus pattern part tea service. A Clarice Cliff orange crocus pattern part tea service including teapot, slop bowl, six coffee cans and saucers and six teacups and saucers, two dishes, and a tiny pepper pot and salt pot

Clarice Cliff tea set for Royal Staffordshire Ceramics, with a fruit and leaves pattern, a pink to purple ground and consisting of six cups and saucers, six dessert plates, a serving plate, a milk jug and a sugar bowl

Set of six Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Bignou' patterned trios with angular handles, painted stylised sunburst decorations in orange blue yellow and purple and the black factory mark