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Collection: Soapstone Sculpture

Our Soapstone is carved by the artists of SMOLArt a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. The name, a shortened version of Small, Medium, and Large Artists, refers to the size of the soapstone products the artisans make, not their stature. Established in 1990, SMOLArt is a member of the WFTO, and as such assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work. In addition, the organization support community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.

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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  • Natural Soapstone Circle of Friends - Smolart
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  • Elephant Soapstone Tea Light - Black Finish with Etch Design
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  • Hand Carved Soapstone Animal Chess Set - 15" Board - Smolart
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  • Hand Carved Soapstone Maasai Chess Set - 14" Board - Smolart
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  • Handcarved Soapstone Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set
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  • Handcrafted 5-inch Soapstone Sitting Cat Sculpture in Yellow - Smolart
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  • Handcrafted 4-inch Soapstone Love Cats Sculpture in Yellow - Smolart
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  • Handcrafted 4-inch Soapstone Love Cats Sculpture in Brick - Smolart
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  • Angel Soapstone Sculpture with Eternal Light
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  • Angel Soapstone Sculpture Holding Star
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  • Angel Soapstone Sculpture Holding Heart
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  • Angel Soapstone Sculpture Holding Dog
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  • Soapstone Lovers Heart Natural - 6 Inch
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  • Soapstone Lovers Heart Natural - 4 Inch
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  • Soapstone Lovers Heart Red - 6 Inch
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  • Soapstone Lovers Heart Black - 4 Inch
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  • Soapstone Lovers Heart Black - 6 Inch
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  • Tall Round Soapstone Candle Holder
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  • Handcrafted 8-inch Soapstone Connected Hearts Sculpture in Black - Smolart
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  • Handcrafted 8-inch Soapstone Connected Hearts Sculpture in Red - Smolart
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  • Handcrafted Soapstone Lover's Heart Sculpture in Black - Smolart
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  • Handcrafted Soapstone Lover's Heart Sculpture in White - Smolart
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  • Natural 10-inch Tall Soapstone Family Sculpture - 1 Parent 2 Children - Smolart
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  • Natural 10-inch Tall Soapstone Family Sculpture - 2 Parents 1 Child - Smolart
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