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Clarice Cliff Pottery

Renowned for her abstract and colorful Art Deco designs, Clarice Cliff painted pottery that dazzled audiences over the entirety of her mid-20th century career. Her painted patterns are still beloved today, with collectors coveting original pieces of Clarice Cliff china.

A native of Stoke-on-Trent, England, Cliff grew up admiring her aunts, who made a living painting pottery. This is perhaps why one of her earliest jobs was that of a pottery gilder, which she eventually parlayed into a career creating ceramic designs. By the '20s, in her own early 20s, Cliff was achieving increasing levels of responsibility in the field of ceramic design as her true talents as an artist emerged. Cliff began incorporating rich Art Deco motifs into her designs for Newport Pottery, complementing their streamlined geometry with vibrant glosses of color.

This refreshing approach elicited almost immediate demand from consumers and catapulted Cliff into the role of art director for Newport Pottery in 1930. Cliff’s acclaim persisted long after she ceased to design pieces. Her painted Art Deco designs, along with her transfer Tonquin pattern dishware, continue to be in high demand day. Her varied designs ensure that there is a style of Clarice Cliff china that will appeal to everyone.


Quick Facts

  • Cliff’s first design, known as the "Bizarre Pattern," was introduced in 1928 and foreshadowed her exploration of Art Deco motifs throughout her career
  • Cliff married Colley Shorter, the managing director of Newport Pottery, in 1940. The two worked very closely together, so much so that, upon Colley’s death in 1963, Cliff shuttered the company
  • The current record sale price for a piece of Clarice Cliff pottery is held by a May Avenue pattern 18-inch charger. Originally purchased by the seller in 1933 for 25 schillings, it sold at a 2004 Christie’s auction for the equivalent of just over $60,000 today

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Kevin Francis Mini Collectors Guild Toby Jug, Clarice Cliff
Dec 06, 9:00 AM EST
Kevin Francis Mini Collectors Guild Toby Jug, Clarice Cliff
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
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Kevin Francis Mini Collectors Guild Figurine, Clarice Cliff
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Kevin Francis Mini Collectors Guild Figurine, Clarice Cliff
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$200 Bids
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Peggy Davies Mini Collector's Guild Figurine, Clarice
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Peggy Davies Mini Collector's Guild Figurine, Clarice
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$200 Bids
Clarice Clff "Bizarre" Jug
Dec 06, 6:00 PM AWST
Clarice Clff "Bizarre" Jug
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Est: AUD400- AUD800
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A Clarice Cliff Celtic harvest jug and a Bohemian glass bowl. The former 28
Dec 03, 10:00 AM GMT
A Clarice Cliff Celtic harvest jug and a Bohemian glass bowl. The former 28
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Est: £10- £20
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Peggy Davies Clarice Teatime figurine , artist original colourway 1/1 by Victoria Bourne
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Peggy Davies Clarice Teatime figurine , artist original colourway 1/1 by Victoria Bourne
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Kevin Francis Figure Clarice Teatime, limited edition of 500, with certificate.
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Kevin Francis Figure Clarice Teatime, limited edition of 500, with certificate.
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
Kevin Francis / Peggy Davies Figure Clarice Cliff Tea Time, limited Edition of 500
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Kevin Francis / Peggy Davies Figure Clarice Cliff Tea Time, limited Edition of 500
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
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Kevin Francis Mini Collector's Guild Figurine, Clarice
Dec 03, 9:00 AM EST
Kevin Francis Mini Collector's Guild Figurine, Clarice
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $300
$200 Bids
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CLARICE CLIFF PORCELAIN COVERED GINGER JAR 20th Century Height 9”.
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
CLARICE CLIFF PORCELAIN COVERED GINGER JAR 20th Century Height 9”.
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Clarice Cliff 'Goldstone' Pottery Jar
Dec 11, 10:00 AM CST
Clarice Cliff 'Goldstone' Pottery Jar
by Leonard Auction
Est: $700- $900
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