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Dartington



Dartington Glass was established in 1967 but its conception and the reason for its eventual existence dates back to the 1920s. Beginning with a wealthy American heiress and her Yorkshire man husband; Dorothy and Leonard Elmhurst, the Dartington Hall Trust was established at Dartington Hall in Devon. Their vision was to help regenerate the economic prosperity of the rural areas which had suffered badly in the depression. The couple believed that through education, art and local crafts the region could return to more prosperous times. During the 1950s there was an ever increasing migration of the local population towards big cities in search of work and the Trust felt by offering employment within the South West this depopulation could be slowed. It was from this that Dartington Glass was conceived and the factory opened in 1967. To begin with Eskil Vilhemson, a Swedish Glass Manufacture was bought in to run the business and in turn he employed Scandinavian Glass Blowers to produce modern and contemporary glass products. These glass blowing skills were soon taught to the local population and the company continued to expand adding more home produced crystal products to their range until the company was renamed Dartington Crystal. The Scandinavian design philosophy of simple unadorned form and the marriage of function with aesthetic beauty is still seen in the products produced by Dartington today.