The Shorter Connection: AJ Wilkinson, Clarice Cliff,
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A typical Staffordshire family firm, Shorter & Son was founded in the 1870s and produced pottery – notably Fish ware, Toby jugs and Gilbert and Sullivan figurines – up until 1974. This detailed history of the business places it in the wider context of the mainstream popular ceramics industry through the 20th century. It also discusses the influences of Clarice Cliff, who married into the family, and Mabel Leigh, who produced many of its most distinctive designs.