Clarice Cliff (1899-1972) is best known for the cheerfully colored, Art Deco-influenced ceramic vases, pitchers, mugs, cruets, and sifters she painted from the late 1920s until the mid-1930s for Newport Pottery, a subsidiary of the Burslem firm A.J. Wilkinson, which also produced Royal Staffordshire Pottery. Known as “Bizarre” ware, Cliff’s predominantly orange, blue, yellow, and green pieces were so popular, she was made the artistic director of Wilkinson in 1934. There she oversaw the work of other designers, including Paul Nash and Vanessa Bell, and in 1940 she married Wilkinson’s manager, Colley Shorter.
Interviews & Articles
I think it all started with a small pottery vase my mother obtained from the art pottery shop where she worked in the early 1920s … [more]
I’m the curator here at the museum in Rocky River, a suburb west of Cleveland. I look at Cowan pottery from a historian’s angle be… [more]
I’m the curator of the ceramics bit of the Bowes Museum. It’s a big museum with 30 galleries of which three or four are devoted to… [more]