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Chess Birds | Barbara Walch


Chess Birds
Barbara Walch in Collaboration with CP Woodman
Hand built ceramic chess pieces

This listing if for the chess pieces only. Intended as a set with the Chessboard Puzzle hand built chessboard tiles.

Initially intrigued with the idea of creating a chess set, I wanted to create a contrast with the seriousness of the game by being a little tongue-in-cheek with the chess pieces.  So, the cardinal stands in for the bishop, the owl for the knight, the rook is the crow-like bird found on the other side of the Atlantic, and I tried for a little optical illusion in the chessboard.

The overall result is a contrast of natural organic forms and whimsy with the straight forward parallelograms of the chessboard.

Please enter code “pickitupplease” at checkout to pick this item up in-store.  Otherwise, please contact Maine Craft Portland for inquiries before purchase.

This piece is currently at Maine Craft Portland as part of The Craft Maker’s Gambit Exhibition.

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Barbara Walch
Thorndike, Maine

Barbara Walch has been making handbuilt pottery since 1973. She is one of only a few American potters who work primarily with the pinch technique. Her handcrafted stoneware dinnerware is distinctive, unusual, and appealing. Barbara and her husband, Charlie Krause, are the proprietors of Fire Flower Garden and Pottery at their home located just outside the village of Thorndike, in central Maine, where her studio has been since 1989. In addition to the working pottery studio, there are extensive cottage gardens, cutting beds and a roadside plant stand.

Shipping Measurements

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 4 in

Clay, Glazes