Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Clarice Cliff a work of Art

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We're always excited when we see a piece of Clarice Cliff work, they're always so unique and breathtaking. Clarice Cliff began working in the pottery industry from the age of 13, eventually making her bug impact on the world of art in the 1920s after studying sculpture at the Royal College of Art. She came up with the famous bizarre pattern in 1928, by 1929 with her popularity rising rapidly she had a team of seventy workers called her bizarre girls. Cliff's fame was unheard of at the time, especially for a woman and articles were regularly written about her in national newspapers throughout the 1930s. 

'Chloris' Patterned Coffee Service

Whilst her huge fame worldwide has meant that most pristine pieces are unreachable for the majority of us with a complete set costing in the region of £5,000, but you can still pick up a single piece of your Clarice Cliff pottery on eBay for around £10.

'Chintz' Pattern Sugar Sifter

Her work was highly accredited in the art world and is often referred to as defining the Art Deco period. Production was tough for the Clarice Cliff team during World War Two but they managed to continue turning out some beautiful items. 

Classic Art Deco design

I think Cliff completely deserves all the credit and acknowledgement she gets, being a self-made businesswoman and artist in a time where women had only just gained the right to vote, and has continued her phenomenal success in the pottery world up until this century, with a resurgence in the 1980s.You can view a wide range of Clarice Cliff stunning pieces in many museums across the country, namely the Victoria & Albert museum and the Stoke-on-Trent museum.

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