Rocket Chess Set
Inspired by the artist’s interest in space travel, Laura Cowan uses her favorite elements of rocket shapes, discs and cones, a theme which runs through all of her designs.
The pieces were created in anodized aluminum, with accents of highly polished stainless steel. Techniques used include high precision computer aided cutting, hand piercing (sawing with a jewelers blade) filing and polishing.
The Queen’s crown represents the Star of David, and includes 6 hand set diamond-cut zirconia which can also be seen in the King’s crown. The stones have been set upside down – with the point upwards, to echo the crown’s cone shapes.
The Bishop’s collar is inspired by the planet Saturn’s rings, and Laura has placed it at a diagonal angle, as a reminder of the Bishop’s diagonal move.
The shape of the Knight is inspired by several elements including a medieval knight’s helmet as well as a traditional blacksmiths anvil that is used to shape horse shoes.
Signed by the artist.
Materials: chess board – sandblasted glass, stainless steel; soldiers – anodized aluminum; rook, knight and bishop – anodized aluminum and stainless steel; king and queen – sterling silver, black and white zirconia, stainless steel and anodized aluminum
Size: board 16″ x 16″; pieces from 1.5″ to 4 “
Meet the Artist: Laura Cowan
Contemporary designer and artist Laura Cowan began her career in London after graduating in Silversmithing and Jewellery at London Guildhall University before moving to Israel. She now brings her unique ideas to the field of Judaica and housewares, working from her design studio and workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel. Laura's fresh ideas contribute to a new wave of exciting Judaica and contemporary design. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.Learn More