My interest in Clarice Cliff and art deco pottery in general first started in 1989 with the purchase of a small damaged Clarice Cliff candlestick in a local auction for £25.
bought books and bought from various fairs a few small damaged pieces. In 1990 I stood my first fair at a hotel not far from where I live and sold a couple of pieces, taking about £150. From then on I was hooked! Since then much has changed and my business has grown and grown. At that time I would stand all the various art deco fairs around the country (20 -30 a year) selling mainly Clarice Cliff and good quality art deco items – the demand was very strong. But in reality you could not do much in between unless you had a shop. The computer changed all of that, in 1997 eBay started and you could buy and sell anywhere in the world. The art deco fair circuit was still very strong and business grew.
and began to pick up lots of clients from around the world; many have become great friends in that time and I am pleased that I have been able to be heavily involved in building many of the world's best Clarice Cliff collections, from the UK to South Africa, the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand - in fact most corners of the globe! My knowledge in this field is deep and encyclopaedic and i have been pleased to advise television programmes, insurance companies, fairs organisers, auction houses and writers of books on rarity, dates, conditions and values.
and do that all the time, I find it difficult to compete with the minefield that is eBay so therefore will always concentrate on the top end of the market. I really enjoy selling the very best of pieces and over the years have acquired a large client base. My aim is to carry on in the same manner with top quality stock and as near perfect photographs as I can of all stock pieces. When buying expensive items of pottery you need assurance, so please feel confident when buying from me as everything I sell is always exactly as described and I have hundreds of very happy customers all over the world who would testify to that.
but I do still stand fairs (see fairs page) as I always prefer to meet people and sell face to face. There is no substitute to actually seeing and handling a piece before you buy it, and I'm sure that many people who buy from online auctions have had the same nightmare experiences as I have had myself. I do sell on eBay using the name daisy-jack (my children's names!) as it promotes my business and helps with turnover. I also stand several fairs around the UK, although the art deco fair circuit has declined for me over the last few years and I find larger general fairs much better with the most important for me being the thrice yearly fair at the NEC Birmingham. I do look for new fairs to stand and will add details to my fairs listing as and when.
This latest website is another step further for the future. As well as Clarice Cliff I will continue to sell Moorcroft pottery, which i have since about 1995. I have always sold lots of other ceramics and with this site will also promote those too. I have always had a great interest in art and am going to start working in that field too so hopefully you will find great things for your home which may be outside of what you normally collect. With the expertise of Chris from Rockit Design, between us we have hopefully developed a very modern, smart site, it should be easy for you to navigate and hopefully enjoyable! Look forward to hearing from you soon,