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.
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
Pots – preserve pot
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
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