Figure 1  A cartoon, or preliminary drawing, for the sign that hung in front of Thorley’s studio-shop for many years. Opaque paint on paper. 26" x 33". Thorley realized the importance of advertising, and his papers reveal many drawings and sketches for signs. Some incorporate his wife’s name—Edith—instead of his. Even though this sign could not have been made before 1950, it reflects, as do many of his later ceramics, his interest in the designs of his earlier life, from the 1920s and 1930s. The original sign is in the collection of Fred Miller. (Unless otherwise noted, all illustrated objects are in the author’s collection and all photos are by Gavin Ashworth.)