Checkmate!


Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk with my mother-in-law, Carolyn, about the chess set Tyson recently brought home from his Dad’s.

Vintage Chess Pieces | Storypiece

Not long after Tyson was born, Carolyn took a ceramic’s class. Something to get her out of the house for a bit after having a newborn.

Ceramic Chess Set | Storypiece

The chess set was unfinished greenware that she purchased for the class.

Antique Chess Set | Storypiece

She painted each piece and then it went into the kiln to be fired.

Vintage Chess Set | Storypiece

She then added an antique glaze before a second firing.

Handmade Chess Pieces | Storypiece

The set took several sessions to complete and Carolyn gave it to Frank. Not long after, the pieces were wrapped up and carefully packaged as the family moved to a new home. And there they sat.

Antique Chess Pieces | Storypiece

Tyson’s parents divorced when he we was still really young and the box got tucked away.

Handmade Chess Set | Storypiece

I’ll admit… none of us play chess. But I’m excited to find a place for it in our home. Evan really liked the set and since it coordinates with the colors in his room, I think we’ll display it there.

Now to find an equally cool board for the pieces. Any suggestions?

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4 comments

  1. Jeannette says:

    Hi, Great story,…… I just happened upon a closed yard sale,where there were a few free leftovers. I brought home a basket with these same exact pieces, only painted differently. Sadly a few of them had chips, but most are fine. So funny that yours was the first site I came to in my search to identify these pieces…. Thanks for the info, lol.

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Jeannette! Thanks for stopping by and sharing about your set. That’s so cool to know that you can still find pieces out there since our set is 40 (cough, cough) years old. 🙂

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