Nearing the End

I have begun the process of typing up all of my notes and findings so that they appear more readable, as the last thing I want is all my work to be dismissed due to illegibility.  I will present these findings to my adviser after their completion.

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A Better Understanding

In continuing my efforts to attribute works created by the New Chelsea Porcelain Company to Palin Thorley, I turned back to the Thorley Papers located in Swem.  This time, the target of my efforts were sketches contained within the papers.  John Austin had told me I may be able to find some valuable information among this portion of the papers, but he was unsure how applicable it would be to my search.

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ebay

After taking a break from my previous project, I have taken on a new area of study.  My research has ultimately led me to a somewhat surprising location: ebay. John Austin suggested I tackle one of his most prized portions of Thorley’s papers, and this is his sketchbook.  The ideas contained within its pages reflect what he believes to be Thorley’s years as director of arts at Chelson China/New Chelsea Porcelain Company.  The sketchbook is comprised of sketches in all stages of refinement, from rough scrawls to refined, nearly finished drawings.  Mr. Austin has already managed to match up much of the works he owns from Thorley’s tenure at Chelson/New Chelsea with sketches from the book, and he is thus led to believe that many of the other sketches must have ended up as works also.

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First Project: Glaze Matching

After recovering from the initial shock I experienced upon seeing John Austin’s collection of Thorley’s pottery, he briefed me on several possible options in terms of approaches I could take.  This, he said, would give me more freedom to explore what interested me, as there is evidently more than enough work than can be completed in one summer, rather than being forced into facets of the project I might find not as desirable.

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Pottery of J. Palin Thorley

Hi everybody, I’m Nick Wamsley and I will be carrying out my research on the authenticity of works attributed to J. Palin Thorley.  Thorley is a world-renowned potter who was born in England, but came to America to work in the mid-20th Century.  He worked for several major ceramics companies, and eventually settled in Williamsburg as the primary ceramics maker in Colonial Williamsburg.  Thorley was a master of many types of pottery and patterns, ranging from classic techniques and styles to more innovative modern patterns.

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