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.
- The king is frail and old. Knowing his weakness he is trembling in fear under his fur coat.
- The queen is young and forceful. She 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.
- The pawns are sent to the battlefield ill-equipped, scared to death, and barefoot.