Clarice Cliff

The pottery painter Clarice Cliff created the distinctive wares that bear her name when she was employed by the Staffordshire firm of Wilkinson’s. It proved hugely popular and was soon a leading brand at the Burslem firm for which they employed a team of decorators.

The Art Deco shapes and bright colours of the Clarice Cliff ranges of table and ornamental wares, so admired at the time of their creation in the 1930s, enjoyed a revival in popularity in the 1970s that continues to this day making them desirable collectables.

  • For more information, read ATG’s in-depth guide to Clarice Cliff

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Single owner Clarice Cliff collection comes to Anderson & Garland

08 July 2024

The collection features numerous rare designs of one of the 20th century's most influential ceramic artists.

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News in brief including a blue plaque for ceramicist Clarice Cliff

29 April 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including a blue plaque adorning the Shelton home of ceramicist Clarice Cliff.


Archaic style to modern taste when it comes to Clarice Cliff

01 April 2024

The Clarice Cliff, Art Deco & Design auction at Woolley & Wallis (26% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on March 20 included this rare 10in (25cm) vase, shape no 375, decorated in the Archaic pattern mirroring a capital design from a temple in Luxor.


‘It felt like the old heyday of Clarice’

01 April 2024

Three-hundred lot sale of the Art Deco classic shows signs of the market returning to 1990s boom time

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Top stories this week including the highest price for Clarice Cliff in recent years

24 March 2024

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of a rare Clarice Cliff promotional piece depicting Mount Etna emerging in Stourbridge.

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Etna charger erupts at Clarice Cliff auction

18 March 2024

Last sold in 1994, a well-known Newport Pottery promotional piece brings £18,500 in Stourbridge.


West Midlands auction house holds extensive Clarice Cliff sale in the 125th year since her birth

08 March 2024

Fieldings director Will Farmer counts this year as his “40th in the world of Clarice Cliff”. Over the years he has lectured on her around the world, written books, consulted, and even featured in the recent biopic on her life and work.


Clarice Cliff goes supersize with a ginger jar

16 October 2023

The typical Clarice Cliff ginger jar measures just under 9in (22cm) high and around 6in (15cm) wide.


Clarice Cliff keeps a strong collector following

17 July 2023

It is 20 years ago that the auction record for Clarice Cliff was sent tumbling when an 18in (46cm) May Avenue charger sold for £34,000 at Christie’s South Kensington on May 14, 2003. Those were heady days indeed.


Could it be a Cliff-hanger?

06 December 2021

A film of artist potter Clarice Cliff’s (1899-1972) early life is now at cinemas and available via streaming services.

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Clarice Cliff film role for Antiques Roadshow auctioneer

04 October 2021

Auctioneer Will Farmer will move from the small to the big screen this autumn when he appears in a new feature film on the life of Clarice Cliff.


Brangwyn the bachelor boy

10 May 2021

From 1932-34 Clarice Cliff was the art director for a project involving nearly 30 artists of the day to promote good design on tableware.


A Bizarre discovery for Clarice Cliff historians

14 December 2020

The latest Specialist Collectors’ Sale at Cuttlestones in Wolverhampton included a little bit of 20th century ceramics history.

ATG letter: A Clarice Cliff book to remember

18 March 2019

MADAM – It was good to see Clarice Cliff featured in ATG No 2383. As mentioned, the pottery has had its ups and downs over the years and in any case ‘Clarice’ has always been a little ‘Marmite’.


‘The Clarice Cliff collecting market has grown older with me’

11 March 2019

Familiar striking shapes and bright colours retain a strong following despite a fall in demand from the 1980s-90s heyday.


Clarice Cliff across the price spectrum at Woolley & Wallis including a side plate designed by Laura Knight

11 March 2019

A selection of five pieces of Clarice Cliff offered at different price levels at Woolley & Wallis on March 20 .

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Six lots of Clarice Cliff for sale at Woolley & Wallis later this month

07 March 2019

Two collections of Clarice Cliff pottery are coming up for sale in Salisbury, from typical wares to the very rare. ATG talks to Woolley & Wallis specialist Michael Jeffery about six lots that reflect the evolution of the pioneering designer’s output


Clarice Cliff’s Age of Jazz back on centre stage

26 March 2018

An American private collector bid £15,000 for a rare Clarice Cliff figure group at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury.


Clarice Cliff: Bizarre patterns across the UK

19 March 2018

Much of the Clarice Cliff pottery that finds its way into UK salerooms is relatively inexpensive. However, a clutch of pieces by the Staffordshire born and bred designer due to go under the hammer over the next few weeks will attract those in the hunt for scarcer works.

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10 Clarice Cliff highlights at Chiswick Auctions’ colourful sale

19 January 2018

A private collection of Clarice Cliff was offered by Chiswick Auctions in west London this week. The collection of close to 300 typical pieces of colourful Art Deco pottery was offered in 140 lots and modest estimates ensured all of them sold.