Jessica Mann

From Drab Poverty to Colourful Pottery

Clarice Cliff

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Comprehensively Clarice Cliff

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Clarice Cliff’s story could have come straight from the pages of a blockbuster. She went from factory girl to flapper, from rags to riches, and from a life of drudgery to fame and fortune. Lynn Knight’s biography concentrates on Cliff herself, while Slater and Brough also discuss wares designed by her colleagues at the Wilkinson pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Many readers’ first reaction to these informative and interesting volumes will be remorse. I shudder to think how much ‘Thirties tat’ sent to charity shops or simply chucked away might well have been by Clarice Cliff. Examples of her work now fetch four-figure sums.

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