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Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

her ceramics are refreshing,exceptional and timeless

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2007-03-30 by debbie from south africa

A brilliant designer.

I have a small collection of her work and love it! Sadly I can't afford to buy "higher end "items but the pieces I have brighten my days with their vibrant colours and unusual shapes. Clarice Cliff was quite simply ahead of her time. Her work was never cheap by the standards of the time in which she worked. I wish my parents had bought lots of it and kept it in good condition!. It is amazing that so much has survived in almost mint condition since it was made to be used! I am sure that the great lady would be amazed at the popularity of her work and prices paid by collectors.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2007-03-02 by Deidre from Costa del Sol

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Clarice is my Great-Aunt. Why couldn't you collectors start paying daft money for her pots in the early 80's? My nan would cook bacon on her plates and tell me 'it's just Clarice's old tat'.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-07-25 by Paul Cliff from Stoke

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Clarice Cliff?s ceramics work on so many levels. The patterns are bright, bold and independent, reflecting the hope and vivacity of the 1920s and 1930s. Shapes like the Yo-Yo vase and patterns like Blue W follow the tradition of reflecting contemporary art in everyday ceramics. The tea sets remind us of that most English of events, afternoon tea. The landscapes are so similar yet so different to those we see from our windows. The flowers recall bright gardens on dull, drizzling days. Above all, they illustrate the vision and artistic talent of a working-class girl who went through every door she found ajar to bring bizarre patterns and fantastic shapes to the mantelpieces, tables and tea trolleys of England.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-31 by Moira Massey from Cambridge, England.

Clarice Cliff and a Royal story

My favourite Clarice story is about a charity ball at the Dorchester Hotel London in 1935. It was for the silver jubilee of King George 5th to raise funds for a children?s hospital. Clarice helped organise it and donated prizes of tableware. There was a round progamme designed to sit on the plates for guests to read which advertised 'Clarice Cliff ware by the Royal Staffordshire Pottery'. As the guests of honour were the Duke and Duchess of York there was indeed a royal connection and they ate off Clarice's tableware! Of course a year later they were the King & Queen, and their daugher Elizabeth is still our Queen so it's a story that links 1935 with today. The programme paid tribute to Clarice, ?The ware used on the tables is the conception of the brilliant lady artist, Clarice Cliff. The first designer associated with any pottery manufacturer in Great Britain to visualise the possibilities of modern design applied to ceramics. The worldwide demand for what was at first a tentative launching of a new idea has exceeded all expectations'. So, I think Clarice is definitely an English Icon !

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-19 by Lynette from Dorset

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

The pottery designs by Clarice Cliff were icons of the 1920's and 1930's. Clarice Cliff created mass produced tableware with stunning and colourful hand painted designs which were within the budgets of the new middle classes for the first time. The name Clarice Cliff signified a bright and modern future with new money with which to socialise, share dinner parties and demonstrate their individuality by displaying flowers in the latest patterned vase next to their matching candlesticks. The future of the young. Clarice Cliff herself is now an icon of the 21st century. She shrugged off convention and as a young woman from the working classes made her way through study and careful career progression to the boardroom of her company (and the bedroom of her boss). She worked hard. She played hard. She won. Her pottery designs have brought forth a new and exciting breed of 'antique hunters' who are as well versed in the history of the period as in the range of pottery to be discovered. Collecting Clarice Cliff has become more than a past time for a dusty breed of collectors. It has become a passion for enthusiasts that has cut right across the traditional so-called age, class and race boundaries and is available, with the help of the internet, to everyone. Clarice Cliff has become a household name. We all hear tales of finding a Clarice Cliff in a jumble sale or charity shop or housing Grandma's toothbrushes only to be sold at auction for thousands of pounds. The real possibility of finding one's fortune has kept the cynical and heavily marketed society at bay. The link with the past has helped stabilise our present. Who knows what Clarice Cliff will bring to our future. Clarice Cliff is most definitely a great English icon.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-19 by Damedeco from UK

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Marvellous ceramics and very much a part of England's cultural image of the early twentieth century with the colours and bright art deco images of that period.Reflecting the love that we English have for our gardens and the flowers that we grow.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-18 by Derek Smith from Adelaide South Australia

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

It is creativity as never before experienced on pottery, making it the foremost regonisible modern art and British export to South Africa. Her Corral, Blue Firs and landscapes have much in common with the foremost artist in our history and a contempory, J.H.Pierneef.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-18 by Jack Myburgh from South Africa

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Clarice Cliff was the doyenne of Art Deco ceramics. Her creations in pottery are the most sought-after and collectible of all the artists from the 1930s. I suspect that more has been written about Clarice and her pottery than any other (in particular Female) ceramics designer at any time in history. The pottery she designed was way ahead of its day and is, in my opinion, the epitome of English ceramics from this period. Collected an adored Worldwide, "Pound for pound, Clarice's work is worth more than gold".

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-18 by Andrew Hutton from County Durham, UK

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

Clarice was a pioneer in many ways..daring to go where no no one had gone before in the design of shapes and colours of ceramics, producing a startling array of affordable and cheerful pottery for the whole spectrum of society..She was an inspiration to many women fighting for recognition in a male dominated world and brought a breath of fresh air to the ceramics industry.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-17 by Art from Staffordshire

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics

To me Clarice's pottery is unique. She was a woman who made her mark in the male dominated Staffordshire Potteries in the 1930's and one of the few English ceramicists to produce pottery that was truly Art Deco. No one else created both original shapes and patterns in the quantities she did. On a simpler level her Crocus pattern is so very English. I've read all the Clarice Cliff books, of which there have been about 15 since 1976, and even today we are still finding new patterns.

Comment on Clarice Cliff's Ceramics posted 2006-05-17 by Roger from Sussex England