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 original Bizarre lotus shaped jug painted with diamond & banded patterns, stamped to the base. Height 29 cm

A Clarice Cliff seven piece 'Original Bizarre' tea set, late 1920s, comprising a bullet teapot, small sugar bowl, creamer and two cups with associated saucers, all hand painted on glaze with sawtooth forms in orange, black and yellow colours upon a

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Peter Pan' milk jug and 'Crocus' plate$1930-35, the conical jug with a silver plated lid and octagonal plate both decorated with crocus in blue, orange and purple colours, the jug with wavy lines typical of the Pete

A large Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Autumn Crocus' jug$1928-35, the tapering jug shape 24 decorated with crocus in blue, orange and purple colours above tan and green borders; with Bizarre Newport stamp and title underside, height 20.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Double V' milk jug and matching bowl$1930-35, the ovoid jug with motifs boldly outlined in black, with cobalt 'V' designs, emerald leaves, and touches of orange and yellow upon a cream ground, the small octagonal bo

A Clarice Cliff Fantasque 'Gardenia' jug, early 1930s, of low conical form hand painted with a bold red flower to one side and blue and purple flowers to the other, with brown outlines; Fantasque Newport stamp underside, height 8.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' jug, late 1920s, the conical shape 30 jug with a triangular handle boldly hand painted on glaze with harlequin diamonds in orange, yellow, black and cream colours; Bizarre Newport backstamp underside and impressed

A Clarice Cliff banded Ware teapot, creamer and cake plate, late 1930s, in 'Bonjour' shape, the circular teapot and creamer with concentric rings in orange, tan and chocolate colours upon a cream ground, the plate conforming; with Clarice Cliff New

A large Clarice Cliff 'Original Bizarre' jug, late 1920s, the octagonal shape 36 jug boldly hand painted on glaze with harlequin diamonds in orange, yellow, black and cream colours; Bizarre Newport backstamps underside and impressed number 30, heig

Three Clarice Cliff 'Celtic harvest' wares: a jug, two preserve pots$1936-38, pots shape 524, the moulded ovoid pedestal jug and a pair of preserve pots with fruit handle and finials, wheat sheaves and floral motifs to the textured bodies, in brigh

A large and Bold Clarice Cliff drip glaze 'My garden' jug, circa 1930s, in a striking red orange and brown drip glaze with a flower moulded handle; a Wilkinson factory backstamp underside and pattern number, height 23.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Fantasque Bizarre 'Moonflower' jug of octagonal elongated shape, in tones of yellow, green & brown, with geometric & floral design, printed marks to the base. Condition: good, some general crazing, height 17 cm

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

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Crocus pattern jug, 'Athens' shape. Height 15 cm

A Clarice Cliff flamingo jug, relief moulded and painted, the bird's neck as the handle, printed marks. Repaired chip to interior rim. Height 19.5 cm

A Clarice Cliff conical Bizarre 'Apples' pattern jug, the striking green apples with red, orange, yellow and black highlights. Height 13.5 cm professional restoration to spout.

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre Jug, Apples' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 11.5 cm

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 'Capri Orange' jug with ribbed honeypot detail, stamped 'Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 16.5 cm

Clarice Cliff for Wilkinson, 'Winston Churchill' Toby Jug, c. 1930, 'in uniform sitting on a bulldog, holding a warship and a cigar, the base inscribed 'Going into action, May God defend the right', hand signed 'Clarice Cliff' a

Clarice Cliff 'Celtic harvest' jug painted with a moulded fruit handle and sheaves of corn and field poppies on a textured background. Stamped & numbered '57A/S'. Condition: good, minor wear to the base. Height 22 cm

A Clarice Cliff wall plaque and two 'Lunaria' Falconware jugs, circa 1930s, the pierced and moulded plaque of floral form in vibrant autumnal hues; the Lunaria jugs, one of ovoid form with an integral handle and sloping rim, and a ribbed trumpet ne

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Athens jug, Crocus' pattern, the octagonal sided jug with flared foot and square angled handle, with printed factory marks to base 'Royal Staffordshire Pottery England A. J. Willkinson Ltd Honeyglaze Clarice Cliff, heigh

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Athens jug, Nasturium' pattern, the octagonal sided jug with flared foot and square angled handle, with printed factory mark to base 'Nasturtium hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England, height 15.5

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Stamford shape hot water jug, orange Erin' pattern, with painted 'S' and printed factory mark to base 'Hand painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport pottery England, height 13.5 cm

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Jug, with handpainted geometric design, 15.3 cm high

A satin glazed pottery jug by Clarice Cliff, circa 1930s, pattern 895, the ovoid jug with a ribbed flaring neck, having a moulded flower and stem 'C' shaped handle, in an oatmeal coloured glaze; with raised signature mark underside and pattern numb

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

A Clarice Cliff Byzantine Castellated pattern jug, deep blue and orange 17.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff Byzantine pattern Newport pottery jug. 17.5 cm high

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque Bizarre' Conical Jug, c. 1932, Poplar' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 18 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Perth Jug, c. 1929-1931, Seven Colour Trees and House' pattern, impressed size '30' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 13 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Jug, c. 1933-1934, twin-handled 'Honolulu' pattern, impressed shape name 'ISIS' and printed factory marks to base 'Fantasque Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 24.5 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Lotus Jug, c. 1930, Original Bizarre' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 30 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Jug, c. 1930 - 1932, single-handled 'Melon' pattern, impressed shape name 'ISIS' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 24 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Lotus Jug, c. 1929, Lily Orange' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 30 cm

Large Clarice Cliff 'harvest time'water jug height 29 cm approx

A large 'Celtic harvest' pedestal jug by Clarice Cliff, late 1930s, the heavily moulded baluster jug with a fruit encrusted scrolling handle, a floral spray with ears of wheat to the spout and wheat sheaf motifs to the textured body in autumnal tones, emer

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