“The Colour Room”

the colour room

“The Colour Room” is a vivid and captivating portrayal of the life of Clarice Cliff, a trailblazing ceramic artist of the 20th century.

clarice cliff

From the very beginning, the film transports its viewers into a world filled with colour, imagination, and the relentless spirit of a woman determined to break free from societal norms.

As someone with a more traditional view, I initially found myself taken aback by Cliff’s audacious and liberal approach to her art and life. Her fearless experimentation with shapes, patterns, and hues stood in stark contrast to the subdued and conventional pottery of her time. Yet, as the story unfolds, one cannot help but be swept up in her infectious passion and undying commitment to her craft.

Personally, I have never really ‘understood’ more modern art – and certainly not modern ceramics…

…however this movie (and my subsequent research into Cliff’s life and work) changed that somewhat.

The movie masterfully depicts the challenges and prejudices Cliff faced in what was at the time a male-dominated industry. Every brushstroke, every design decision was a rebellion against the status quo. It serves as a poignant reminder that true innovation often comes from challenging established norms and daring to be different.

In contrasting my traditional perspective with Cliff’s liberal approach, I came to a profound realization. While our views on the world might be poles apart, there’s a certain beauty in the diversity of our perspectives. By the end of the film, I found myself celebrating not just Cliff’s genius but also the richness that different perspectives bring to the world of art.

“The Colour Room” is more than just a biographical film; it’s a celebration of art,  an education of ‘modern’ art, and an exploration of one woman’s passion, and her indomitable human spirit.

It’s a reminder that no matter how different our views might be, each one of us has a unique and glorious perspective to offer.

~ Bella

Ms Bella St John

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