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Hand-carved from a single piece of Kisii soapstone by African artisans, this hand-painted bird carving is sleek and modern - perfect for any farmouse or contemporary home!
Soapstone is a soft stone, making it ideal for carving into many forms, so please use care when handling to avoid breakage.
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.
Meet the Artisans
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.
This black bird sculpture was a gift for my husband upon the completion of his doctorate. The piece captured the significant meaning of the gift on this special occasion perfectly! Thank you!!