Clarice Cliff Pottery

Appreciators of fine art-deco pottery will instantly prick up their ears when they hear the words “Clarice Cliff” mentioned.

Clarice Cliff was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England the daughter of Harry Thomas Cliff and Ann Machin; her father was the great-great-great grandson of Thomas Wedgwood IV (1716-1773), the eldest brother of Josiah Wedgwood the famous potter.

At the age of 14 she started working in the potteries. She studied at the Burslem School of Art in the evenings.Her first job was as a gilder, and once she had mastered this she changed jobs to learn freehand painting at another potbank, then moved to A.J. Wilkinson’s in 1916, to improve her chances of becoming a modeller.

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