Soapstone Sculpture-Black Finish

Enjoy the black finish handcrafted soapstone sculpture.

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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, the outstretched arms of one parent and children hold onto one another in love and connectivity.  This beautiful soapstone sculpture personify the timeless strength of the family bond.  Hand-painted with a lustrous black finish to match any decor.

Size: 8″T x 3.5″ L x 2.5″ W

Soapstone is a soft stone, making it easy to carve into many forms. Handle with care to avoid breakage.  Each piece has gone through multiple stages of sanding and waxing, giving the soapstone a satiny finish.  Socially responsible products that empower consumers to purchase according to their values and help alleviate global poverty. Fair Trade is an alternative business model that values safe workplaces, fair wages and community investment for factory employees.

 

Story Behind the Art:

Each sculpture is artfully hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone, found only in the hills of southwestern Kenya. Mining the soapstone from surface hills is a labor-intensive process, using little to no machinery. Laborers works with shovels, picks, axes and machetes to carve out large soapstone chucks, which are then carved into beautiful art. ​

Soapstone is mined from great pits in the area surrounding Kiisi, Kenya. The mined soapstone is then delivered to carvers who carve sculptures from the natural stone for the wholesale market, the color of which ranges from cream, to pink, to brown, to yellow, to black, to a marbling of all of them. Once carved, the craftspeople smooth rough edges of the soapstone with sandpaper dipped in water and polish the piece to a high gloss or paint African motifs in brilliant colors with etched accents.

All of the soapstone products we sell are completely handmade. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switchblades. “Pangas,” sword-like tools usually used for cutting down vegetation, are used to cleave the stone in the mines.

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Weight 1.4 lbs
Dimensions 3.5 × 2.5 × 8 in

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