This is my favorite tavern sign I made for Williamsburg in the last century. Originally, this hung inside the Williamsburg Inn but it wasn't long before I got a call from the museum's interior decorator. They received a complaint from a guest who objected to the nudity. I offered to buy the sign back, or better, paint them a different one. (I wanted to exchange it for a mermaid that was fish on top and nude on the bottom.) But, I would not paint clam shells over the breasts as suggested unless I could paint her nose blue....the guest, not the mermaid.
The inset shows the back of the sign. This was a common "joke" heard at taverns in the period.
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