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Barbara King (LONDON, United Kingdom)

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Comprehensively Clarice Cliff: An Atlas of over 2,000 Patterns, Shapes and Backstamps
Comprehensively Clarice Cliff: An Atlas of over 2,000 Patterns, Shapes and Backstamps
by Greg Slater
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £48.00

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive, fabulously illustrated Clarice Cliff reference, 18 July 2005
Let me start by saying that no other reference work comes close to this level of detail in its visually glorious treatment of Clarice Cliff designs. This work includes a short Clarice Cliff history but its forte is the detailed examination of the shapes and patterns themselves. Consequently, this work compliments but does not replace existing books on Clarice Cliff that are more narrative or historical in nature.
The book covers virtually all the Clarice Cliff shapes and patterns that can be found in current day archives, including the heyday 1920's and 1930's, and many later designs running up to and including the 1950's. A special section on Wilkinson presents new research proving that patterns previously attributed to Clarice Cliff have been found to be Wilkinson designs. The work also shines a spotlight on key designers from the Clarice Cliff and Wilkinson camps: Dolly Cliff, Eric Elliott, John Butler of Oriflamme fame, Fred Salmon and Harold Walker. There is also a section on the "Art in Industry" series from 1934, and even a small section on Japanese copies from the same era!
Photographically, groupings and individual pieces are given generous space and blessedly consistent photographic backgrounds, allowing easy contemplation of the ceramic designs without the over-close juxtaposition of neighbouring pieces. While all patterns are dated, an intelligent approach of "pattern categories" will help new and experienced collectors alike to easily locate specific patterns or browse the stunning visual groupings that this work achieves.
Beyond patterns, there is also an extensive section covering both Wilkinson and Clarice Cliff shapes. Supporting content includes an extensive backstamp section and a "Collectors' Guide" that examines trends in conservation and restoration.
Comprehensively Clarice Cliff works well both as a coffee table book and as a lavishly illustrated reference. It is bound to become essential reading for anyone with a professional or personal interest in Clarice Cliff.

Fame Academy
Fame Academy
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: £1.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great souvenir!, 17 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Fame Academy (Audio CD)
For a Fame Academy addict this is a must. Everybody's got a solo on here! A few nice surprises from some of the earlier students. Pippa sounds good and Marli's restrained sexiness is amazing singing 'Fields of Gold' with Malachi. You'll understand why Lemar preferred singing 'Lullaby' as a duet with Ainslie's contrasting voice. The full version of 'Back to You', a song partly written by the students and finished off by Lionel Ritchie himself, is cute.
Production is really disappointing. To me it sounds flat and amateur next to 'real' pop music. Understandable, given the circumstances of recording. The music sounds canned and uninspiring. All the better to hear the voices of the students I suppose. Which is why I would only recommend this CD as a souvenir. Or maybe as a way to follow your favourite students as their careers unfold.
Personal favourites are Sinead's 'Don't speak' and the song that starts the CD off with a bang - Ainslie and David singing 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. I wish Sinead and Ainslie's self-penned songs were included on the CD. They'll most likely be releasing those as 'proper' singles in 2003 and I look forward to them.

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