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Ceramics and Soapstone

Fair trade decorative goods are crafted by artisans using Kenyan soapstone, also known as kisii stone, or ceramic to add a beautiful touch to your home.

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$14.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for a lidded storage box from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth. 

Sold singly; three sizes available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small:
2"L x 2"W x 1.25"H
Medium: 3"L x 3"W x 1.75"H
Large: 4"L x 4"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for simple rectangular storage box from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:  4"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for simple round decorative bowls from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Size:  6"L x 6"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for a lidded storage box from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth.

Sold singly; three sizes available. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions:
Small:
2"L x 2"W x 1.25"H
Medium: 3"L x 3"W x 1.75"H
Large: 4"L x 4"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for simple rectangular storage box from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 4"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

Carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for simple round decorative bowls from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a chic black dyed finish and etched details inspired by the intricate high-contrast designs of Malian mudcloth.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Size:  6"L x 6"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

Kenyan artisans showcase natural soapstone in a sweet sculpture of a songbird. Polished to a smooth finish with hand-carved details, each bird sculpture may display small veins of color within the creamy white soapstone.

Sold singly. Choose from Small or Large. Because these are handmade items crafted from a varying natural material, each is unique.

Approximate Dimensions: Large 4"L x 2"W x 2.5"H

Small 3"L x 1.75"W x 1.25"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.00

Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful lidded box, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

Sold singly. Because these are handmade items crafted from a varying natural material, each is unique.

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4.5"W x 2.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful lidded box, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

Dimensions: 4"L x 4.25"W x 1.5"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$34.00

Showcasing un-dyed soapstone in this beautiful cup, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

Sold individually. Each measures 3.25"L x 3.25"W x 4.75"H. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.00

Showcasing soapstone in this sweet set of hippos, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish to a smooth finish. Although colors are primarily cream, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely.

Sold as a set of two. Each measures 4"L x 2"W x 2.5"H. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$58.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve natural soapstone to craft these beautiful bookends that are polished to a smooth finish. Although colors are predominantly white, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a variation - with veining that can vary to gray and pink.

Sold as a set of bookends. Because these are handmade items crafted from a varying natural material, each is unique.

Dimensions: 10"L x 3"W x 6"H (each side is 5" long)

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$48.00

This playful set of bookends, carved from African soapstone, is polished, dyed, and etched with polka dot indentations.

Designed with the modern home in mind, these unique bookends are one of our best sellers for both children and adults.

Sold as a set of bookends. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 6.5"H, per side

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$48.00

This playful set of bookends is carved from African soapstone, then polished, dyed, and etched with polka dot indentations.

Designed with the modern home in mind, these unique bookends are one of our best sellers for both children and adults.

Sold as a set of bookends. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 6.5"H, per side

Crafted from: Soapstone, non-toxic dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

 

$14.00

This playful elephant sculpture is hand carved from soapstone by Gusii artisans in western Kenya. Hand dyed finish and etched details are applied by artisans in Nairobi.

Measures approximately 4"L. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$12.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, these beautiful rhino sculptures showcase the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone.

Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

Sold individually. Each measures 4"L x 1.5"W x 2"H.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$125.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve soapstone to create this beautiful one of a kind bowl. Soapstone is un-dyed and showcases the natural grain and coloration of the stone. Polished to a smooth finish, it truly is a work of art!

Only one available. Bowl measures approximately 16"W x 3"T.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$125.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve soapstone to create this beautiful one of a kind bowl. Soapstone is un-dyed and showcases the natural grain and coloration of the stone. Polished to a smooth finish, it truly is a work of art!

Only one available. Bowl measures approximately 16"W x 3"T.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$68.00

This metallic Ubuntu bowl features 3 women holding hands around the rim in a spirit of unity, wearing their traditional African headscarves with their babies on their backs. In Africa, the definition of an individual is community-based, thus the word Ubuntu represents "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."

Due to the handcrafted nature, the design and coloring of each bowl will vary slightly. Size: Width from edge to edge: 6"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 5.5"; Height from edge to bottom of bowl: 3".

About the Artisans:

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The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$58.00

This collectible ceramic vase is handcrafted by Vuyelwa Katshwa from South African's Zizamele Ceramics using press-moulds. It features a beautiful blue and white pattern with woman wearing a traditional headscarf.

Size: approximately 6.5"T x 3"W x 3"D. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Watch Zizamele Promo Video

The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$58.00

This collectible ceramic vase is handcrafted by Vuyelwa Katshwa from South African's Zizamele Ceramics using press-moulds. It features a deep blue and white pattern with woman wearing a traditional headscarf.

Size: Width from edge to edge: 2.5"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 6.5"; Height from edge to bottom: 4". Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Watch Zizamele Promo Video

The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$44.00

These tiny bowls, with women reaching toward each other around the edge of the bowl, represent the philosophy of Ubuntu: a complex Nguni word that means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” These hand thrown bowls feature female figures wearing their traditional African headscarves with their babies on their backs.

Size: approximately 6"L x 3.25T x 4.25"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, each design and color will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Watch Zizamele Promo Video

The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$44.00

These tiny bowls, with women reaching toward each other around the edge of the bowl, represent the philosophy of Ubuntu: a complex Nguni word that means “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.” These hand thrown bowls feature female figures wearing their traditional African headscarves with their babies on their backs.

Size: Width from edge to edge: 4"; Height from the top of women to bottom: 2.5"; Height from edge to bottom of bowl: 1". Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, each design and color will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Watch Zizamele Promo Video

The South African Zizamele Ceramics, founded in 2008 by Toni Burton who taught ceramics skills at a local college, creates highly sought after and collectable ceramic pieces that can be found all around the world and is increasingly exporting to international stores and galleries. Members of Zizamele have their own ceramic specialty developed after Toni taught an 18-month long job creation course in craft production.

$18.00

These ceramic soap dishes are crafted using clay, and acrylic paint. Featuring a hand molded chameleon perched atop a stone, these dishes are beautifully crafted.

Sold individually. Three sizes available. Small measures 5”L x 4”W x 2”H. Medium measures 6”L x 4.5”W x 2”H. Large measures 8”L x 5”W x 2.5”H. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

A small team of Kenyan ceramics artisans excel at fashioning functional art from clay. Their newest line of low-fired pottery pieces centers around chameleons, molded artfully using clay.

$14.00

We believe in setting important words in stone, so Kenyan artisans hand carve our Wise Words heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a thought-provoking hand etched inscription.

Sold individually. Measures 3.5"L x 3.5"W. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.00

Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish. Makes a thoughtful gift for your best friend!

Sold individually, available in four different colors. Each measures 2.75"L x 2.75"W x 1.25"H. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$24.00

Handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone, this heart-shaped keepsake box has a hand-dyed finish with a simple message: "love lives here." Makes a thoughtful gift for young and old to share.

Measures 3.5"L x 1"T.  Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve this lovely heart dish from soft soapstone, then add a beautiful dyed purple finish and the etched phrase, "love always".

The dishes make great catch-alls for any occasion and are fair trade. Sold singly. Measure approximately 4.5"L x 4.5"W x 0.75"H.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

The basic form for these dramatic boxes are crafted in Kenya's western highlands from soft soapstone. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add the black dyed finish and etched line details.

Size: [Medium] 3"D x 1.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

Celebrating the universal language of music, artisans adorn hand carved soapstone boxes with a stained black exterior and hand-etched musical staffs and notes. Our Melody Maker Kenyan soapstone decor makes a thoughtful gift for musicians or music enthusiasts.

Sizes: [Small] 4"L x 2"W x 2.25"T; [Medium] 6"L x 2"W x 2"T; [Large] 8"L x 2"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$16.00

These vibrant heart dishes are hand-carved from solid soapstone in Kenya. The dishes are dyed to rich hues using natural plant dyes.

The dishes make great catch-alls for any occasion and are fair trade. Sold singly. Measure approximately 4"L x 4"W x 1"H.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$18.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this serene bunny showcases the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone. Although colors are predominantly gray, this is natural soapstone with no dye; each piece will display variation with veining, shades of gray, and even some brown and pink tones. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

Sold singly. Because these are handmade items crafted from a varying natural material, each is unique.

Dimensions: 2.5"L x 1.5"W x 4"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

We believe in setting important words in stone, so Kenyan artisans hand carve our Wise Words heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a thought-provoking hand etched inscription.

Sold singly. Because each heart is handcrafted, slight variations are normal.

Dimensions: 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 1"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$12.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, these beautiful hippo sculptures showcase the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone.

Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone with NO dyeing so each piece could display a wide variation in color and grain than photos - with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tones but each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

Dimensions: 3"L x 2"W x 2"H

Crafted from: Soapstone

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Sweet treats, hugs, wisdom...who doesn't love all the good things Grandma gives? Kenyan artisans hand carve our Celebration heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a "Grandma Rocks" hand etched inscription.

Sold singly. Because each heart is handcrafted, slight variations are normal.

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4"W x 1"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve these simply sweet bunny rabbits from soft soapstone, dyed with a vibrant red finish and etched details.

Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

Dimensions: 4"L x 2.25"W x 2.75"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$14.00

Show Dad that he's the best! Kenyan artisans hand carve our Celebration heart paperweights from soft soapstone, then add a bright dyed finish and a "#1 Dad" hand etched inscription. Kisii stone is named for the region in Kenya's Western Highlands where it is mined.

Sold singly. Because each heart is handcrafted, slight variations are normal.

Dimensions: 4.5"L x 4"W x 1"H

Crafted from: Soapstone, dye

Made in: Kenya

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