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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.

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.

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

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

She then added an antique glaze before a second firing.

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.

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

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?