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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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$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 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: 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.

$24.00

Each double sided candle holder is handcrafted from soapstone by artisans in Kenya's western highlands and Nairobi, then dyed to a soft gray and etched with decorative lines. This versatile piece can hold a taper candle or a tea light.

Each measures 3"D x 3.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, slight variations 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.

$150.00

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 18"W x 4.5"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.

$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.

$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.

Measures 4.5"D x 2.5"T. 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.

$28.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this set of 4 rounded hearts showcases the beautiful tones of natural gray soapstone.

Although colors are predominantly gray, this is completely natural soapstone, undyed, so each piece will display a wide variation in color with veining, lighter or darker gray, and even some brown and pink tones. Each will be lovely. Additional color swatches are shown as examples.

Size: each heart measures 2.75" wide by 1.75" tall.

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.

$20.00

Hand carved and polished to a smooth finish, this set of 2 sweet African animals showcases the beautiful grain and varied coloration of natural gray soapstone. Choose 2 hippos, 2 rhinos, or 1 of each animal for a lovely gift or keepsake.

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.

Sizes: [Rhino] 4"L x 1.5"W x 2"T; [Hippo)] 3"L x 2"W x 2"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.

$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.

Measures 2.5"L x 1.5"W x 4"T. 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 un-dyed soapstone in this sweet songbird sculpture set, Kenyan artisans hand carve and polish the stone to a smooth finish. Although the color is primarily cream,this is completely natural soapstone with no dye. Each piece may display natural variation in color and grain, with veining in gray, brown, or pink. Each piece is unique and lovely.

Sold as a set of two. Each measures approximately 4"L x 2"W x 2.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, variation is expected.

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.

$28.00

This decorative tray is handcrafted by Kenyan artisans from soft soapstone which has a hand-dyed finish with a simple message: "love is love." Hearts and a bold black rim complete the dishes.

Measures 10"L x 3"W x 0.5"T. Because this box is carved from natural soapstone, variations in coloration should be expected.

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

Using soft soapstone, carvers in Kenya's western highlands craft the basic form for these useful lidded boxes. Artisans in a Nairobi workshop then add a soft blue dyed finish and etched line details.

Each measures 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.

$22.00

A scattering of etched hearts decorate these heart-shaped soapstone boxes that are hand carved, dyed, and polished in Kenya. Use them to store jewelry or little treasures, or fill with treats for your sweetheart.

What a wonderful way to show love!

Measures 3.5"L x 3.5"W x 1.5"T. Choose from Hearts on Fire Red or Hot Lips pink. Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity bring raw soapstone to life by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$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.

Measures 4"L x 4.25"W x 1.5"T. 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.

$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.

$28.00

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

Size: [Round] 4"D [Square] 4" x 4". Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Candle not included.

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.

$23.00

Hand carving and etching soft soapstone, Kenyan artisans create square decorative boxes with a simple bamboo design. A sponge-dyed green finish blankets this unique home decor accessory with earthy color.

Sizes: [Small] 2"L x 2"W x 1.25"T; [Medium] 3"L x 3"W x 1"T; [Large] 4"L x 4"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variations 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.

$20.00

Hand carving and etching soft soapstone, Kenyan artisans create square decorative dishes with a simple bamboo design. A sponge-dyed green finish blankets this set of one small and one large decorative dish with earthy color. For dry use only, please.

Sizes: [Small] 2.5"L x 2.5"W x 0.5"T; [Large] 4.25"L x 4.25"W x 0.5"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.

$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.

$26.00

Soft soapstone is transformed into safari art for the home by Kenyan artisans. With a hand-dyed coat and etched details, these sculptures make a lovely gift for elephant enthusiasts of all ages. This set of 2 includes trumpeting elephant figures in purple and brown hues.

Elephants measure 4.5"L x 2"W x 5"T. Due to the handmade nature of each item, color and 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.

$18.00

With a wide grin and bright pink color, this hippo was made to remind us all the importance of joy! Carved from soft soapstone, and hand-dyed, this figure makes a great gift for hippo enthusiasts of all ages.

Measures 5"L x 3"W x 4"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color 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.

$27.00

These healing Wise Words, hand carved from soft soapstone and hand etched, will become cherished reminders for you or to give as gifts. Kenyan artisans craft these heart paperweights then add a lovely dyed finish.

Measures 5"L x 4.5"W x 0.75"T but due to the handcrafted nature of this product, sizes 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

Hand carved from soapstone by artisans in Kenya, this set of beautifully dyed aqua sea inhabitants brighten a shelf or table with its vividly dyed coloration.

Includes four whales each measuring 2"L x 1.75"W x 2"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.

$38.00

Kenyan artisans handcraft thoughtful vibrant colored keepsakes from soft soapstone. A perfect small gift, each heart is hand carved, then brightened with a colorful dyed finish, and hand etched with "je t'aime" in script.

Sold by the dozen.2"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of these items, they may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity transform raw soapstone by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles' exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$20.00

Crafting useful pieces of art for the home provides employment opportunity for artisans in Kenya's western highlands and Nairobi. Each box is hand carved from soapstone, then dyed to a soft contemporary gray and etched with decorative lines.

Measures 4"L x 4"W x 2"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.

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$24.00

Kenyan artisans hand carve soft soapstone to create these sweet little seal keepsakes which are then hand dyed and finished with etched details.

Each measures 4.25"L x 2.75"W x 2.5"T but may vary slightly since this is a handcrafted product.

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.

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