Clarice Cliff

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A&C Black, Aug 17, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages

Clarice Cliff was one of the most prominent ceramic designers of the twentieth century. Born in 1899 in the Staffordshire Potteries, she started work as just another factory girl, but by 1928 had launched her own range of pottery, 'Bizarre'. A 'gargantuan feast of colour', it blazed a trail through the homes of inter-war Britain. But if Clarice Cliff's rise from apprentice gilder to art director was remarkable - and all the more so for her being a woman - it was not without its tensions; for years she conducted a secret relationship with her married boss. Fusing art, design and industry and vividly conveying the texture of women's lives between the wars, this is a compelling study of the complex, talented woman whose work is for many the epitome of art deco.


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The Brilliant Young Girl Artist
Family Childhood Smoke and Flame
How Pleased I Was to Miss Some Lessons
A Humble Little Gilder
Women Workers in the Firing Line
A Talented Lady Modeller
A Strange New Creature Called Woman
A New World at Every Turn
Thoroughly Individualistic
Art Out of Industry
Women Who Make Money
A Life of Her
Know That You Can Be Discreet
A Taste for the Traditional
After A J Wilkinson

Cup and Saucer Cubism
A Woman Knows Best
The Art Director of a Famous Firm
A Furore of Colouring
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Lynn Knight is a writer, editor and lecturer. She is the editor of Dangerous Calm: The Selected Stories of Elizabeth Taylor.

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