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SMOLArts Wholesale Soapstone

Our Wholesale 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 wholesale 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.

Wholesale 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 wholesale 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.

Soapstone, while very heavy, is very fragile. It is a form of talc, so standing water will affect the carvings. The paint used may also run if subjected to standing water. Light polish keeps it shiny. Chips can be smoothed with water and light grade sandpaper. With proper care, soapstone items will last generations.
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Small Soapstone Heart with Animal Design Assorted


These hearts are approx. 1 3/4 inches in size and have a decoration on the sides. Colors will vary. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Decorated Elephant


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this elephant is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild.
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Soapstone Tiny Mini Pot Belly Giraffe - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these pot belly giraffe's are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each is approximately 1 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Tiny Mini Soapstone Rhino


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this Rhino is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild. 1.5 to 2 inches in length.
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Soapstone Mini Cats - Each LIMITED COLORS


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these cats are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each cat is approximately 2 inches in length.
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Soapstone Mini Hippo

SKU: KSAHIPPO

Soapstone Mini Hippo


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this hippo is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild.
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Soapstone Tiny Dolphin - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these dolphin are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each dolphin is approximately 2.5 inches long. Sold individually.
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Tiny Mini Soapstone Giraffe- Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this giraffe is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild. 2 inches tall.
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Soapstone Colorful 3 inch Owls


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these colorful owls are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. 3 inches tall.
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Soapstone Mini Pot Belly Giraffe - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these pot belly giraffe's are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each is approximately 1.5 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Mini Cat Round Body - Various Colors


These sculptures all vary a little but they all feature a brightly colored Cat approx. 2-3 inches tall. Each is sold separately. Size will vary.
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Soapstone Mini Rhino


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these colorful Rhino are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each is approximately 3 inches in length.
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Soapstone Mini Giraffe

SKU: KSAMGIR

Soapstone Mini Giraffe


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this giraffe is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild. Colors will vary. Each Giraffe is approximately 4 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Hippo

SKU: KSAHIPPOL

Soapstone Hippo


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this hippo is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild.
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Soapstone Mini Whales - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these Whales are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each whale is approximately 2.5 inches long. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Mini Penguins - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these Penguins are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each penguin is approximately 3 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Colorful Mini Rabbits - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these colorful rabbits are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. 2.5 inches tall.
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Soapstone Mini Mice - Kenya


These sculptures all vary a little but they all feature a brightly colored mouse approx. 1.5 - 2 inches tall.
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Soapstone Small Mini Seals - Assorted


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, these Seals are like none found in nature with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape. Colors will vary. Each seal is approximately 2-2.5 inches long. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Elephant Tea Light


Handcarved from soapstone, these elephant tea light holders are 4 inches in length. They hold a standard 1.5 inch tea light, not supplied.
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Soapstone Mini Lion

SKU: KSALION

Soapstone Mini Lion


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this Lion is like none found in nature but seeing one of these with its brilliant colors and whimsical shape can surely act as a close substitute to seeing one in the wild. 3 inches in length.
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Soapstone Twin Cat

SKU: KSATCAT

Soapstone Twin Cat


Handcarved from soapstone, these twin cats are 4 inches tall. Colors will vary. Please allow some design variation.
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Soapstone Family 2 Parents 3 Children 8 inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique in color and size but they all feature 2 parents and 3 children and are approximately 8 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Family 2 Parents 4 Children 8 inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique in color and size but they all feature 2 parents and 4 children and are approximately 8 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Mask Box

SKU: KSAMASK

Soapstone Mask Box


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this mask box is 6 inches by 3 inches in size. Comes in various colors.
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Soapstone Owl Sculpture 4.5 inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures features an Owl. The piece is carved from soapstone, it measures 4.5 inches tall.
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Lovers Knot 10 inch Natural Stone


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two lovers. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.Please allow for variations.
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Lovers Knot 6 inch Black


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two lovers. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.Please allow for variations.
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Lovers Knot 8 inch Black


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two lovers. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.Please allow for variations.
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Soapstone Chess Set - Animal Pieces - 15 Inch Board


Both the board and each piece are handcarved from soapstone in Western Kenya. The board is 15 inch square inlaid with pink and white soapstone. Each piece is hand carved in either pink or white soapstone.
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Soapstone Family 1 Parent 2 Children 10 inch


Hand carved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique in color and size but they all feature 1 parent and 2 children and are approximately 10 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Soapstone Lovers Heart Natural - 8 Inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique, they will vary slightly. Each is 8 inches tall and finished in a natural polish.
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Soapstone Lovers Heart Red - 8 Inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique, they will vary slightly. Each is 8 inches tall and finished in red.
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Soapstone Family 2 Parents 3 Children 10 inch


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures are each unique in color and size but they all feature 2 parents and 3 children and are approximately 10 inches tall. Sold individually.
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Double Heart 4 inch Black

SKU: KSAHEART4-B

Double Heart 4 inch Black


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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Double Heart 8 inch Black

SKU: KSAHEART8-B

Double Heart 8 inch Black


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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8 inch Soapstone Nativity Set


The largest piece in this nativity set is approx. 8 inches tall. The set is hand carved from soapstone in Western Kenya. 12 pieces.
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Double Heart 4 inch Red

SKU: KSAHEART4-R

Double Heart 4 inch Red


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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Large Soapstone Giraffe Sculpture -Orange


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a giraffe. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone. It measures 7 inches in length, 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
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6 inch Soapstone Nativity Set


The largest piece in this nativity set is approx. 6 inches tall. The set is hand carved from soapstone in Western Kenya. 12 pieces.
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Double Heart 6 inch Red

SKU: KSAHEART6-R

Double Heart 6 inch Red


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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Double Heart 8 inch Natural

SKU: KSAHEART8-N

Double Heart 8 inch Natural


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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Double Heart 8 inch Red

SKU: KSAHEART8-R

Double Heart 8 inch Red


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two hearts intertwined. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.
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Large Soapstone Giraffe Sculpture


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a giraffe. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone. It measures 7 inches in length, 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
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Large Soapstone Giraffe Sculpture -Red


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a giraffe. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone. It measures 7 inches in length, 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.
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Soapstone Fair Trade Rocks Business Card Holder


Carved from soapstone in Western Kenya, this business card holder is carved from a rough rock, to show the soapstone. Colors and shapes vary
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Lovers Knot 10 inch Black


Handcarved from soapstone, these sculptures feature a representation of two lovers. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.Please allow for variations.
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Soapstone Maasai Chess Pieces NO BOARD


Each piece is handcarved from soapstone in Western Kenya. Each piece is hand carved in either pink or white soapstone. Due to the natural characteristics of soapstone, the colors will vary. Fits a 14 inch board - BOARD NOT SUPPLIED
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