This unusual and uniquely designed chess set is made of raku ceramic.
The board is about 35 cm x 35 cm, black and white, made of 2 x 17.5 cm x 35 cm raugh ceramic plates!
The figures are unusally shaped but easily recognizable, fitting perfectly in the gamer's hand. The set also comes with a chess figures holder (~ 16 cm x 13 cm x 13 cm), making the atmoshpere ever more sophisticated around the game with this piece of art.
A perfect gift for lovers of this sport!
Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking (known as crackling since it is deliberate). The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in the tea ceremony.