Clarice Cliff Pottery


Clarice Cliff was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England in 1899. She started her career with Linguard Webster & Co., moving to A.J. Wilkinson in 1916. In 1925, owner Colley Shorter gave her her own studio in Newport Pottery.

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She created colorful Art Deco designs which included ceramic vases, cruets, mugs, pitchers, and sifters that she made from the 1920’s until the mid 1930’s for Newport Pottery.

She is best known for her “Bizarre” line that was launched in 1928. These were a colorful series of patterns that were predominantly orange, blue, yellow and green, with orange being the most common color. She trained a staff of female decorators named the “Bizarre Girls” to help paint them. This line became so popular, she was made the artistic director of Wilkinson in 1934.

Clarice Cliff created other Art Deco designs for over 30 years, including Chintz, Crocus and Fantastique. She passed away in 1972.

The most sought Clarice Cliff pottery are those pieces created from 1928-1934. Orange was the most common color used with blue and purple being rarer.

Popular Clarice Cliff Pottery
Bowls
Chargers
Clogs
Cruets
Dinnerware
Jugs
Mugs
Pitchers
Plates
Pots – preserve pot
Sifters
Sugar Sifters
Teapots
Vases
Applique Pattern – produced from 1930 – 1933, mostly landscapes with black, red, and black; black and honeyglaze; or black, red, black, and yellow banding
Bizzare Line – beaker, stepped fern pot, tea cup, saucer, side plate set, bowl
Celtic Harvest Line
Chintz Pattern – usually had stylized water lily buds, leaves, flowers
Crocus Line
Fantastique Line
Melon Pattern – introduced in 1930, usually had curved fruits with linear geometric lines
Secrets Pattern – introduced in 1933, landscape patterns
Geometric and Art Deco shapes and patterns

Clarice Cliff Pottery Marks
Underneath the glaze


8 Comments

  1. Susan Langley December 28, 2016

    I have 3 plates from Clarice Cliff’s “Confederation Series Canada” of 8 plates depicting historic scenes of Canadian cities surrounded by colourful maple leaves (not The Mountie or the Queen surrounded by Provincial Coats-of-Arms although these often show up under the same Confederation heading). I have Quebec, Montreal, and Winnipeg and recently saw an auction reference to Toronto but I missed the auction. I would like to acquire the other 5 cities (Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, Niagara Falls,and Ottawa).

  2. Trish Barnet July 12, 2016

    I have a Clarice Cliff Plate, stamped Newport Pottery, England with the name Margarita stamped on the back with a circular pink flower pattern on the front. Is anyone interested in purchasing or has anyone seen this pattern before.

  3. Mara Graham January 30, 2016

    I am looking for two saucers for the Clarice cliff cups with the triangular handle. The one I have, has lines / stripes/ bands as the pattern so they can go with any cup pattern. They can be blue, green, red- really any color. Thanjs!

  4. Mike moran December 29, 2014

    I have a complete set of 8 of Clarice Cliff’s Olde Bristol. I am missing the Sugar Bowl & salt/pepper shakers. Does anyone know if these pieces existed in that pattern?

  5. Erica October 2, 2014

    I have a dinner plate 9″ Round with raised center1″ h x 2 3/4″ that has 3 lines in it.
    It is Royal Staffordshire Tonquin Pattern Blue with 167 A in the glaze.
    I do have of course many pictures, would like to know what type of plate this is? What is the purpose? Thank you so much for your attention to my query.

  6. Judi Terzakos March 7, 2014

    I also have a set of Clarice Cliff dishes, Newport Pottery, England, Reg No 840076 with a mark in the glaze of 40. I have a service for 10 of dinner plates, salad plates, sandwich plates and dessert bowls with a few extra pieces. I also have a gravy boat with a plate and a covered casserole dish. I am looking to sell these items and would like to know if you have any interest in them. Thank you!

  7. Sheryn Lincoln March 31, 2013

    I have a nearly complete dinner set which belonged to my grandmother and would love to find pieces to complete it such as gravy boat meat plate and three cups but would be prepared to buy a set if that is what I have to do.

  8. Judith Horvath March 6, 2013

    I have a set of Clarice Cliff dishes, Newport Pottery, England, Reg No 840076 with a mark in the glaze of
    2 47. They are a maroon floral print on a neutral color background. would you be interested in them?

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