Clarice Cliff

Topics: Stoke-on-Trent, Pottery, Porcelain Pages: 3 (1225 words) Published: May 22, 2012
To this very day, Clarice Cliff, is known as one of the most influential ceramic artists of the 20th century. She is known worldwide in the area of art; her work is collected, valued, and admired throughout many countries. She was born on the 20th of January in 1899 in Tunstall, and died at the ripe old age of 73 on the 23rd of October, 1972. At the age of thirteen, Cliff started work in ‘The Potteries,’ this was the year she discovered her love for designing pots. Her art has influenced many around the world, including mine, the photograph shown in the next paragraph was one of her many pieces that has influenced my own teapot. The artist has not influenced my teapot hugely, mainly because I had to put my own ideas into it, although her pots were the one that led me into designing the pot I have been working on these past few weeks. One of her own teapots really caught my eye, not particularly the whole pot itself but the shape of the handle and spout and also the colours she used. I liked how the handle and spout have a modern look to it even though it was designed and created years ago; this inspired me to attempt a similar look to this. As you can see on the picture to the right this is the main teapot that has influenced my own, Cliff has used bright bold colours that stand out, and this made me like the pot even more which has helped me to choose what colours I would like to use. The rest of my pot I designed myself with my own ideas. The pot that I have chosen for Feldman Framework is the same one that is in the picture displayed above. You will straight away notice the bright colours used, there are no dark toned colours, this symbolises that it is a ‘happy’ teapot. This could have meant that during Cliff’s time of producing this wonderful creation she went through a bright stage in her life that she was obviously very happy with, although if you research a lot of her pieces you will notice that Cliff has always used bright colours in practically all of...
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