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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; 1st edition, 1st impression edition (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747578281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747578284
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fascinating read’ -- Time Out

‘A thoughtful and fascinating biography, packed with fabulous pictures’ -- Image

‘Cliff’s story could have come straight from the pages of a blockbuster’ -- Jessica Mann, Literary Review

‘Knight’s evocative life of Cliff is both biography and social analysis and it reads like a very sophisticated folk tale’ -- Fiona MacCarthy, Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Angelica on 4 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I was introduced to Clarice Cliff's work by this biography. It was a present but I found myself unable to put it down and read it in one session. She is a fascinating woman. I admire her tenacity and the book gives a little insight into why she was so impassioned. Overall, however, she is still a mystery. The good thing was this book led me to buy some academic ones on her pottery, which I'm pleased to say I now own three pieces of.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Catblack_uk on 8 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
The author is to be congratulated for her ability to spin out a handful of facts into a full-blown book.

This biography is little more than an endless round of conjecture. Ms Cliff herself appears to have left little written record (No Diaries, Few Letters, etc.) and further appears to have been so intensely private that no one who knew her has anything insightful to contribute. So, instead, we get endless social history wrapped around what little factual record there is.

The Pottery Gazette is referenced ad nauseum - as if a trade rag is going to shed much light on the enigmatic Ms Cliff or her work.

Her long-term romantic involvement with her boss is introduced as a given but not supported or substantiated by any reference or commentary as to how or when or even why it started - it just "is". Why would the "handsome", "rich", "upper-crust" Colley Shorter have got together with his social inferior who was also, let's face it, no oil painting? That particular mystery is not only left unsolved but also unaddressed. And, given that said relationship was fundamental to her success, it is notable by it's absence.

Really, there might be enough here to warrant an interesting magazine article but a biography? I think not!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. A. Willingale on 23 July 2009
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This was purchased as a birthday gift and the recipient was highly delighted with it and looked forward to reading it. She thought the pictures in the book were really good.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. Turner on 23 April 2009
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Clarice Cliff: The Art of Bizarre: The Art of the Bizarre

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Large than life 5 May 2008
By Henry Stonehall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Author Lynn Knight tells us about the woman who started out as a factory girl then became one of Britain's most distinctive designers.
Her brightly coloured designs are instantly recognisable and it's this that makes Clarice Cliff one of the most influential ceramic designers of the last hundred years. She was a woman who rose from being an apprentice gilder in the potteries to a position as an art director, described by the press as a "brilliant girl artist." The striking range which she designed, decorated with "a gargantuan feast of colour", is now seen as the epitome of Art Deco and avidly collected. The modern spirit of her work captured the essence of the 1920s, a time when women were embracing new freedoms. Lynn Knight whose biography of Clarice Cliff tells the story of a woman who started out as a factory girl and became one of Britain's most distinctive designers. I found the book to be extremely entertaining and authoritative as well. Wealth of captivating stories and passages of time. Highly recommended.
Clarice was a Woman! 26 Feb. 2010
By whispering hawk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A sterling biography of a great ceramic designer. Knight focuses often on Cliff's social milieu and relates its importance to her unfolding as a woman and a great original. On the personal side we get tantalizing glimpses of Cliff's secretive affair with married Mr Shorter, her boss, while on the practical side learn important aspects of the skilled labour involved in pottery making and painting which provided the foundation for Clarice's development and success. Descriptions and photographs of Cliff and the designs and patterns are useful and presented with just the right amount of reserve.
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