FABRICS designed by Duncan Grant for Allan Walton. the workman's instinctive reaction to an attempt to teach him anything from outside his trade. It is pro bably due to a subconscious fear that, if he cannot master the new tricks he will be ousted from his trade by those who can. The manufacturer of to-day is as much under the domination of this fear as were the burghers of past centuries, praying for restrictive legis lation against pestiferous foreigners whose gimcrack novelties were stealing the trade from solid worth. The result is that the artist, rather than face the un reasoning criticism and resentful opposition of every one in a firm from the works foreman to the managing director, makes no effort to push his ideas on to com merce, but prefers to devote himself to the production of individual pieces of work, not intended for repro duction. The most brilliant and profitable piece of business- building done in the last twenty years by any Managing Director was the creation of an atmosphere in the Orre- fors Glass works by Edward Stromberg, in which in dependent artists and working craftsmen would co operate willingly to develop the design of glassware. More important than securing the services of notable artists was Stromberg's achievement in persuading his workmen to welcome and teach the artists and to accept, in return, the fresh ideas which they brought to an ancient craft. see comments by Raymond Mortimer which Jollozv on page 188.

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