Yesterday I posted And Now for Something Completely Different, which showed the ice cream cake I made with Marzipan chess pieces on top. Today, to continue the same theme, I present a chess set I made out of clay some years back. Don't expect any 'regularity' in these pieces: one pawn is not exactly the same as another, as each was sculpted (rather than molded) individually. This, I believe, is the charm of the set.
Every chess set has a worldview behind it. Here, the king is old, and knowing his weakness he is trembling under the cover of his fur coat. The queen is young and tall, and has no doubt that she is the real power around here. The Bishop thinks himself a war hero, striking a Napoleonic pose with hands behind his back. He sends the pawns to the battlefield, ill-equipped, scared to death, and with bare feet.