London's Foundling Museums started life as a hospital where children were left by mothers who were unable to care for their children. The hospital kept detail records of their charges. The registration documents often contained a token left with the hospitals as a means for the mother to identify her child should her circumstances change and she was able to reclaim her child.
This baby’s cap is made from linen material normally used for diapers, dating from 1753.
When Robert Weil started collecting images for the Contemporary Makers book in 1973 the challenge to record contemporary gun work was daunting. Gathering material was difficult and time consuming. Few makers thought that there was any value in published documentation of their work. Electronic publishing has changed all that. Having a website or having one's work available to view on the internet is becoming a necessity. In spite of all the potential to finally have a true overview of what's being produced by the artists of today, a great deal of work still remains covered up and basically unknown. Our role is to make an effort to document some portion of what’s going on today. To comment on the established makers and to uncover the unknown. We welcome your comments and suggestions and look to you our readers to make us aware of the talented makers out there. Art and Jan Riser Robert Weil and The Makers