By this time Colonial Williamsburg was a leading arbiter of taste for Post-War America. Visitors to the museum were inspired by the restored eighteenth-century buildings whose quasi-historical interiors featured a mix of antiques and reproduction items. Colonial Williamsburg published decorating magazines and sold upholstery, window drapes, and paint colors that helped Americans create modern-day versions of colonial-era homes. Thorley’s deep knowledge of historic English ceramic traditions along with his keen eye for fashion allowed him to create traditionally inspired ceramics that also worked well in contemporary homes.
Listen to Thorley recount his first trip to Colonial Williamsburg and how he convinced the staff that he could recreate eighteenth-century ceramics for the museum store.