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Pelikan, A. G.: Creative hands for leisure use
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A.D. 1851


Creative Hands

association with fine things, taste may be Wood Carving etc.), will be illustrated with
better developed. When these same children between 120 and 150 story-telling photo-
at a period when the creative urge becomes graphs, all of which have been taken by the
^q|- ^QlSUrQ usg strong in them are given an opportunity to Bavarian State Academy of Phototechnic.

utilize this urge and through intelligently Two of these photographs are shown, and
, a q Pelikan*) controlled hands construct objects of beauty, will make piain to the reader the principle

' ^ taste will be still further developed. on which Mr. de Sager's publications are

Mr. Walter de Sager, an American architect, conceived and executed. Nothing could be
At a time when objects of beauty and utility js at tne present time in Europe, where he more fitted to awaken interest and admira-
can be purchased even in the Five and Ten nas for tne past year been occupied in wri- tion than these realistic pictures of a pair of
Cent Store and when there is a tendency to ting a serjes Qf publications entitled "Crea- human hands moulding the yielding clay on
standardization and mechanization of ob- tjve Hands", which should prove of the the potter's wheel (that most ancient inven-
jects in which the design quality has been utmost value in that department of education tion of Mankind); nothing is better calcu-
carefully studied out, it may at first appear which as I have pointed out above, is of lated to excite the curiosity of an imagina-
unimportant and unnecessary to encourage sucn SUpreme importance at the present tive boy or girl, and to bring out their latent
creative craftsmanship for leisure use. When tjme_ The books, which are to be published creative energies, which otherwise—through
one stops to consider, however, that one of jn tne United States, in so far that they are conventional educational Systems, with their
the greatest joys in life may come through expressly designed to rivet the attention of tendencytoover-emphasise intellectual trai-
creative effort, and when it is further consi- children and to arouse in them a natural ning—are only too offen arrested or repress-
dered that the use of recreative leisure by interest and curiosity in handicrafts, will be ed. These two pictures as well as the Cover
both adults and our younger people to-day an absolute novelty. The customary dull and of this Magazine are typical of all those
is also is becoming mechanized and stand- tedious texts will be studiously avoided, as contained in these orginal books, which are
ardized so that opportunity for self-expres- we|| as tne jnnumerable lettered references not to be confined to technique alone, but
sion is almost out of the question, any move- to D|ue prints, which only too often result in will include a charmingly simple and pic-
ment which will tend to bring about grea- stifling enthusiasm at the very outset. Instead turesque history of the arts, illustrating espe-
ter interest in individual craftsmanship should Df this the application technique will be cially how artistic forms recur in the course
be welcomed. That the desire for creative made easy and attractive by the use of of cultural development.

effort is by no means dead is indicated quite story-telling pictures, and texts which are at _ Continued on Page7j

frequently by the fact that working men and the same time simple and bright. Each of *) Director, Milwaukee Art Institute, and
women as a hobby spend a tremendous the publications (Ceramics, Metal Work, Director oi Art, Milwaukee Public Schools.
amount of time and skill in the creation of
objects which are both useless and ugly.
Newspaper accounts every once in a while
teil of a man who has spent a tremendous
amount of time in building something out of
matches; in making lighting fixtures out of
Shells; furniture out of shag horns, all of
which are essentially bad in design and
inadequate in construction.
There is an urgent need for illustrative ma-
terial and for subjects which will be organi-
zed in such a manner as to convey picto-
rially these important design qualities. The
poorly designed but well constructed object
becomes a liability if for no other reason
than that the sound construction and work-
manship increases the durability of the
object and, therefore, perpetuates bad taste.
The urge for finer things in life is often not
merely a matter of dollar and cents but lar-
gely one of environment. Educators with this
in mind, have suggested that even the child-
ren's toy should be well proportioned, good
'n colour, and in design, in Order that through

Phot. Bavarian State School of Phototechnik

• The Joy of the Potters's Art

y Illustrationen aus der demnächst erscheinenden Buchserie „Keramik, Metall-
arbeiten usw." von Walter A. de Sager.

The National Education Association of the
United States and the place of handicraft in
the world of to-day.

The aufhor of the forfhcoming "Creative Hands" publications has received a number
of ietters from leaders of education in all parts of fhe United States, containing the most
cordia/expressionsof encouragemenf and appreciation of his underfaking. The fol/owing
is exfracfed from a ietier by Mr. Joy Eimer Morgan, Editor of "The Journal".

"Beauty is one of the imperishable values of education and life. The !ove
of beauty has a large place in the well-managed home, the well-managed
school, the effective church, and the wise Community. In these days when
machines are taking the place of men it is of the utmost importance to
provide creative work so that all shall enjoy the satisfaction of working
with their own hands. It is also important that our increasing leisure shall
have occupations which will call forth our love of beauty and give express-
ion to our desire to make things with which to decorate our homes and
schools. Every effort in this direction is a contribution to our common
welfare. The love of beauty is one of the hall-marks of a sound education."