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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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Extensive Clarice Cliff 'Honeyglaze' dinner set, to include 6 dinner plates, 6 entree plates, 6 side plates, 6 dessert bowls, 6 soup bowls, 6 coffee cups and saucers, coffee pot sugar and creamer, gravy boat and saucer, 3 piece condiment set, dish, lidded

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 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

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

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 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 part dinner service in floral pattern

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre dinner service for 6 with two vegetable tureens and three platters

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