The Art of Chess

3/6/2005 – From February 19 to June 5 the Fuller Craft Museum is exhibiting chess pieces made by 90 metalsmiths. It includes pelican bishops, two-faced queens, oil can kings and bean bag knights, with a total of over two hundred individual pieces. If you live within a hundred miles you will want to catch it. Sample photos.

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The Art of Chess

From February 19 to June 5 the Fuller Craft Museum is exhibiting chess unusual pieces. The museum is located in 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA (USA). Admission is $5 adults; $3 seniors and students; free for members and children under 12.

The exhibition "Chess" includes pelican bishops, two-faced queens, oil can kings and bean bag knights, which are just some of the chess pieces created by ninety international metalsmiths and jewelry makers.

Over two hundred individual pieces, plus two complete chess sets, are on exhibit. International metalsmiths were invited to contribute pieces to the exhibition with the only requirements being that the chess pieces had to be recognizable (e.g., as pawn, king, knight, etc.) and meet size restrictions (4-10.5cm in height).

Several of the artists in Chess are master metalsmiths well known for their magnificent creations in miniature. Included are works by Linda Darty, Bob Ebendorf, Dorothy Hogg, Thomas Mann, Bruce Metcalf, Marjorie Schick and Joyce Scott as well as dozens of others representing ten countries. Chess was organized by the Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco.

Picture left: Hilary Pfiefer, Queen, wood, hair, aluminum, paint.

The museum also has a program with chess events. For instance on March 20 (12–4:30 pm, admission free) visitors can learn to play a new version of chess with local youth chess players. And on April 18 you can try your skill in a game of blitz chess with youth chess players.

Deborah Boskin, Bean Bag Knight, sterling silver, vinyl; Florian Ladstaetter, King and Queen, PVC, pearls, sterling silver


Katy Hackney, Pawns, wood


Dorothy Hogg, Pawn, sterling silver, Reina Mia Brill, Two-Faced Queen, copper wire, nylon, nickel, onyx



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