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Clarice Cliff: The Art of Bizarre: The Art of the Bizarre Paperback – 19 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; New edition edition (19 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862055106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862055100
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered Clarice's pottery in 1979. In 1982 I founded the Clarice Cliff Collectors Club, as a good way to find people who shared my fascination in this (then) obscure designer.

I placed an appeal for information in the Staffordshire press and was amazed and delighted to find 30 of Clarice's original paintresses from 1927 to 1939. Suddenly Clarice the WOMAN was brought alive via their memories of her, and their work at her pottery.

By chance I was introduced to New York gallery owner Louis Meisel in 1984 - and 4 years later our book 'Bizarre Affair' was published by Abrams, New York, and then Thames & Hudson, London. It 'shook' the Clarice Cliff world, (is still in print) and led to my writing 5 further books.

If you want Clarice's story 'in a nutshell' read the 1996 'Taking Tea'; if you prefer a full chronology, 'Art of Bizarre' from 1999 is still the most up to date account. In 'Fantastic Flowers of' I listed her major floral patterns. In it I also published for the first time Clarice's own colour slides from the 1950s of her garden and her life at Chetwynd House with Colley Shorter, her mentor and the factory owner. To enjoy Clarice's most lavishly colourful ware and best shapes in large scale images, see 'The Best of..' from 2008.

My favourite Clarice Cliff book is the one with that simple title, written by Peter Wentworth-Shields and Kay Johnson in 1976, and privately published by L'Odeon, the leading Clarice Cliff stockist in London in the 1970s. Beautifully written, it introduced 1000s of us 'Cliffies' to her amazing work, and inspired me to find out more and more.

For an in-depth view of the world during Clarice's lifetime the biography by Lynn Knight (Bloomsbury) goes into great depth, and also tells the story from a woman's viewpoint.

Over thirty years after buying my first piece of Clarice Cliff I am STILL learning about her, and we share this knowledge, and in-depth material not in any of my books, on the club's very active website: www.claricecliff.com.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a superb book about the life and works of one of the 20th Century's greatest designers. Clarice Cliff pottery is worth more than gold these days, and the book explores why and how Clarice created her 'Masterpieces' of the Art Deco era. Definitely worth a read for any Clarice or Art Deco fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barry Carpenter on 24 Jun. 2007
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This is definitely my favourite of all the Clarice Cliff books. It covers her life fully and then explains how her pottery became so popular in the 30 years after her death. It has more archive images than any of the other books. I particularly like that the author interviewed many of the old paintresses who worked under Clarice Cliff from 1927. I felt I knew about Clarice as a woman much more after reading this. Anyone who doubts Clarice's skills should look at the picture with 3 Lido Lady ash trays, stunning art deco figures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angelica on 6 Jun. 2007
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Can I just endorse the review below. Of all the books on Clarice Cliff this one really draws together her life and pottery into one thread, and what a life she led! I also loved the inside stories of her team of decorators her 'girls'. There is a whole chapter about them, and many old photos of her and them. The thirties was just magical, and Cliff's life was not typical, but she was not lucky, she had real talent, a British original.
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Very useful as a reference. Found out I lived 10mins from her home. Passed exams with distinction. love my pottery
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
My favourite Clarice Cliff book 21 Mar. 2006
By Barry Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this book is 6 years old it remains my favourite of all the Clarice Cliff books and there are now MANY available on her now. It tells Clarice's story thoroughly, with far more archive images than any other book, and great colour pictures of pieces from collectors from all over the world. The author interviewed nearly all the surviving paintresses who worked for her between 1927 and 1964 and this shows in the attention to detail about them, life in the 1930s and individual patterns they painted. There are many quotations from Clarice in the book and these give a "flavour" of her as a person. I'm prompted to write this review for newer collectors or Clarice fans who might be confused over the best book to start with, but in my opinion THIS is it, and at a very good price too. Barry
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Beautiful works! 4 Jan. 2014
By MarleneLouise - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book of colorful art deco designs. I enjoy just looking at the pictures over and over. Lots of history of the artist and some pictures of Clarice Cliff, too. I get a lot of ideas for my art work when looking at the vases and dishes. It is amazing to think that one person was so imaginative and original at that time. Love this book!
Five Stars 4 Feb. 2015
By Cynliz - Published on Amazon.com
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Great pictures and information. Designs are inspiring
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