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  Clarice Cliff 31 August 2005  
Image: Lynn Knight - © Mark Pringle
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. 

Jenni is  joined by 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.

Clarice Cliff by Lynn Knight, published by Bloomsbury - ISBN: 0747578281

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