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Clarice Cliff was an English ceramic artist active from 1922 to 1963.
By the First World War, she was working in one of the many factories that dominated the potteries. By the late 1920s, amid economic recession, Clarice was designing innovative, colour rich pottery and her career was blossoming. Her first productions were called 'Bizarre', and were decorated with crude, bright colours.

Bizarre Ware was an immediate success, as the designs – with their abstract, geometric and figural forms – were in the popular Art Deco style and were inexpensive. She and her team were appropriating the Art Deco aesthetic for the domestic setting, creating striking factory ceramics – plates, jugs, teapots, cups and saucers – that were designed to be used in the home. Her ceramics brought modernity to the kitchen sink. In the 1970s and 1980s their popularity was revived, leading to worldwide collectability, and establishing Cliff as one of the key names of the Art Deco movement.
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The Art Deco times were bizarre and attracted the equivalent people who loved to have fun and their lives plus a bit of...whim!


The term "Bizarre Ware" implies such fun and whimsy! Thank you, Marina.


It is Nicco, as Jaklien mentioned below, it is more Mondrian type than her normal art deco style.


This is an unusual piece, Marina.


I'm glad you liked the piece, Janet.

It looks nice, Jillian.


Thank you Tea.

Jaklien, an artist gets inspiration with other people's designs and applies them to his/her own style. The above bowl has the Mondrian lines but the handles and bottom of it is far from Mondrian style.


Hello Cindy. The first time I came to see Clarice Cliff's designs was in early '80s when I was living and studying in the UK. Most of the pieces were in Museums, or in private collections.


A fascinating piece, thank you Marina!
Have a good afternoon :)


Reminds me very hard of painter Piet Mondriaan, a pioneer of abstract and non-figurative art.


I love her ceramics thanks Marina. A fun puzzle, with hugs. ♥


Very interesting piece, and info. Thanks Marina


I really love the design on this and the style. I don't remember seeing any of her work in the 170s or 1980s. Sorry I missed that.

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