Chess is a game of strict rules and strategy: everyone on the board is obedient and has limited choice of movement. On the other hand, I experience every day how children tend to disobey, and find their very own solutions. I admire their imagination, creativity and ability to look at things from a new and unconventional point of view. In my chess set – inspired by a set displayed in the Museum of Childhood - I tried to capture this freedom and the result is a colourful playground where the board moves out of its 2D limitations and resembles stones of different heights, and the figurines are children who play on and among them. My colour scheme is based on the displayed set, using black, white, red and blue, but for the children I chose brighter, more cheerful shades of blue and red. To achieve a stone-like effect, I used stoneware clay which fires to a warm, light brown colour and gives a neutral background. The pieces were all hand-made, I did not use moulds or machinery because I think the rounded, slightly chunky and imperfect shapes reflect the concept very well.