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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Boxed Wedgwood set of four octagonal plates painted with original Clarice Cliff Bizarre designs

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 Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Sungay' trio, circa 1932, the conical cup with a triangular handle, decorated with blue, green and yellow daisy borders to the cup and plate with emerald and canary yellow bands, the plate similar; Bizarre Newport backstamp

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Nasturtium' trio, early 1930s, the trio brightly hand painted in yellow, orange and apple green upon a cream ground, with sections in a sponged chocolate stipple; with Bizarre Newport backstamp and title underside; impresse

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 pair of Clarice Cliff banded Ware trios, 1930s, the conical cups with open triangular handles decorated to the interior with orange, tan and chocolate bands, and conforming saucers; with Newport backstamps underside, diameter 16.5 cm, (side plate)

Five Clarice Cliff 'Paris' wares: a platter, square bowl, and trio, Introduced 1952, designed by Eric Elliott, hand enamelled lithographs of bold maroon roses with foliage upon a cream ground; with Royal Staffordshire Ceramics for Clarice Cliff bac

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'My garden' teapot and matching plate$1930-35, the ovoid pot with a moulded handle, lid and floral finial, decorated with a raspberry mottled drip glaze, the flowers in turquoise, apple green, yellow and pink wash colours, t

A Clarice Cliff 'Woodland' cake plate, circa 1930, the square shaped plate with a hand painted sinuous tree and bold orange and green foliage against a black sky, with mauve and cobalt flowers to the base; dual Honeyglaze and titled backstamps unde

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

Four Clarice Cliff 'Hollyhock'side plates, W14 cm approx

A Clarice Cliff Fantasque Bizarre 'Crocus' pattern design plate. Printed black Newport pottery factory marks to base. Diameter 20 cm.

A Clarice Cliff ‘;Bizarre’ plate decorated in the ‘Delecia Pansies’ pattern, scalloped corners. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff ‘;Bizarre’ plate, decorated in the ‘Nasturtium’ pattern. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff octagonal ‘Bizarre’ plate, decorated in blue ‘Rodanthe’ pattern. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff octagonal ‘Bizarre’ plate, decorated in ‘Autumn Orange’ pattern, minor wear. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff plate, in the ‘Delecia’ pattern. Diameter 26 cm

A Clarice Cliff ‘;Newport’ patterned plate, shaped border, painted tones of red, blue and black with yellow highlights. Diameter 22.6 cm

Clarice Cliff, hand-painted 'Original Bizarre' pattern octagonal plate, factory mark to base

Three Clarice Cliff 'Crocus'plates, diameter 15 cm approx

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 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 'Capri green' rectangular plate stamped 'The Biarritz Royal Staffordshire Great Britain Regd no. 184849 Bizarre by Clarice Cliff'. Condition, good, minor paint awre & crazing consistant with age. Dimensions, 23 x 1

Clarice Cliff Bizarre sandwich plate with geometric design (some scratches & small chips to back of rim), 29.5 cm wide

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

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre - Aura' Sandwich plate. Length 24 cm

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' octagonal plate "Umbrellas and Rain" pattern, 14.5 cm wide

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' part serving set comprising of 3 meat platters, plate, lidded serving dish, together with an extra lid,designed by Graham Sutherland (as inspected)

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 'Rodanthe' display plate, 23 cm diameter approx. A/f together with 2 Rodanthe pin dishes

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' plate, 'Sungay' pattern together with Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' 'Autumn Crocus' plate

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' octagonal plate, melon-Picasso fruit pattern, chips under rim & some surface wear, 20 cm diameter approx.

Clarice Cliff cheese cover, no under plate or factory mark,

Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque' plate, 'Blue Chintz', chip to rim & some wear to surface, 24 cm diameter approx.

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' plate, 'Geometric' pattern, some surface wear, 22 cm diameter approx,

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Leda Plate, c. 1930, Applique Idyll' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Applique Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 16 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Plate, c.1934, Orange Erin' pattern, factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, diameter 23 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fantasque' Cake Plate, c. 1929-1930, Orange Sunrise' pattern, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England, height 10.5 cm, diameter 25 cm