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 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 sixteen piece Clarice Cliff 'Autumn Crocus' tea and coffee service$1928-35 (teapot); and after 1952, comprising a teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and six demitasse cups and saucers in blue, orange and purple colours with tan and green borders; one

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 Clarice Cliff 'Celtic harvest' teapot and sugar bowl$1936-38, the moulded ovoid teapot with a fruit handle, floral finial, wheat sheaves and trailing floral motifs to the textured body, in bright orange, yellow, emerald and apple green colours on

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 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, Fantasque' Teapot, c. 1929-1931, Seven Colour Trees and House' pattern, 'Athens' shape, impressed size '30' and printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Fantasque by Clarice Cliff Wilkinson Ltd England', repaired spout (A/F), height 16 cm

Clarice Cliff, Bizarre' Teapot, c. 1932-1933, Kew' pattern, 'Athens' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England, height 14 cm

Large Clarice Cliff 'harvest time' teapot height 17 cm approx

A 'Celtic harvest' teapot by Clarice Cliff, late 1930s, the heavily moulded globular teapot with a fruit encrusted 'C' form handle, conforming finials and a wheat sheaf motif to the textured body in autumnal tones, emerald and apple green on a deep cream g

Clarice Cliff tea set comprising teapot, cream jug, six cups and six saucers, decorated with floral motifs on cream ground, marked 'Clarice Cliff Newport pottery Co. England made in England'. Approx. Height 19 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre 'Windbell's' teapot, English, circa 1930. 11.5 cm

A limited edition Wedgwood Clarice Cliff bizarre 'Green Yellow Blue' teapot, English, circa 1997. . 11.5 cm high

A limited edition Wedgwood Clarice Cliff collectors club bizarre 'Red Roofs' teapot, English, circa 1997. 11.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre pink and green 'Tresco Rings' bachelor tea set, English, circa 1930 the teapot 13.5 cm high

A Clarice Cliff bizarre tea and coffee service designed by Eva Crofts, English, circa 1934 the coffeepot 19 cm high

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', afternoon tea set 'Damask Rose' pattern, 'Daffodil' shape, printed factory marks to base 'Damask Rose Hand Painted Bizarre by Clarice Cliff Newport Pottery England', six cups, six saucers, six side plates, two luncheon plates, tea

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 Crocus pattern tea ware, together with a honey pot and cover

A twenty one piece Clarice Cliff orange crocus pattern part tea service.

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

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus pattern teapot, circa 1935, the teapot painted with flowers in bloom on a yellow ground, black factory mark. 15 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre pottery teapot with sunshine pattern. Width 15 cm

Clarice Cliff, keyhole pattern three piece tea-set, early 'Bizarre' series, printed marks handpainted 'Bizarre By Clarice Cliff Newport, Potteries, England', jug and basin, c. 1929 (A/F)

A Clarice Cliff Fantastique conical teapot with orange flower pattern Wilkinson. Chip to spout

Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' Art Deco tea set.11 pieces including teapot, cups, saucers, jug, bowl and plate

Clarice Cliff, a 'Fantastique Bizarre' Athens teapot and cover, with 'Pastel Trees and House' hand painted print, factory marks on base. Height 14 cm

A Clarice Cliff Bizarre conical teapot and cover in Luxor pattern, circa 1930, 14.5 cm high printed marks, Bizarre by Clarice Cliff

A Clarice Cliff Fantasque teapot in trees and house pattern, circa 1930, Athens shape, in orange colourway. 16 cm high printed marks Fantasque by Clarice Cliff

Wedgwood 'Clarice Cliff Bizarre' three piece tea set, the Clarice Cliff collection 2000 hand painted earthenware, English teapot height 13 cm

Clarice Cliff, Fifteen piece earthenware coffee service, 'Sunburst' pattern comprising coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl, having an all over geometric 'Bizarre' colour way