Soapstone Smiling Hippos Mother and Calf - Smolart
African Soapstone is among the most beautiful in the world. Mined by hand from surface mines large stones are pulled by a team of workers, cleaved into smaller pieces and worked into stunning art and functional objects. Perfect for jewelry or other personal treasures, this pair of abstract Hippos is etched and painted by hand. Dimensions: Mother : 4.25 inches long x 2 inches wide x 2.5 inches high Calf : 3 inches long x 1.5 inches wide x 2 inches high
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.