This is David Sanfilippo's twenty sixth in a series of original hand formed art pieces. Terra cotta clay is sculpted, carved, and then glazed by David to a high fire for a permanent finish and durability.
David's series of chess sets will conclude in the near future and each one is either in a museum or personal collection. No to sets are alike. In fact every one is very uniquely inspired.
Chess House is showcasing one of his sets here, the Dragon Slayers. The pieces range in height from the largest at 6" and the smallest at 3 1/2". The largest base diameter is 2 3/4" requiring a board with squares of at least that size.
Pawns - Warrior Dragons
Rooks - Dragon’s Nest
Knights - Dragon Horse
Bishops - Senior Dragon
Queen - Dragon Queen
King - Dragon King
Dragon Slayer Side
Pawns - Infantry with Dragon Spears
Rooks - Fire Tower
Knights - Horse
Bishops - High Priest with Magic Sphere
Queen - The Dragon Slayer with the Mighty Sword
King - Chieftain
Each piece is hand built and sculpted from terra cotta clay. When the clay becomes leathery/hardens the pieces are carved. The pieces take several weeks to dry as they are not hollow. The pieces are then low fired, with a cone rating of 4-6 for over fifteen hours. After the low fire, the pieces are under glazed, glazed, and fired high for over twelve hours with a cone rating of 5-6.
A Cone rating means that you can fire that clay at any temperature up to that cone. The closer you get to the maximum rated cone, the stronger and denser your clay will be. You cannot fire a clay higher than its maximum rated Cone, or it will melt.
During the firings some fracturing, or cracks may develop. These cracks are filled with silver, copper or brass and each piece is unique. The pieces have a permanent lasting finish and are durable for play.
The chess board photographed is included. It has 3" squares and measures 25" square. You could of course supply your own chess board, but this one is included in the price.