Soapstone - Lovers Knot


Handcarved from soapstone, this sculpture features a representation of two lovers. The piece is carved from one piece of soapstone.

The Soapstone is carved by artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya, the heart of soapstone crafts. All of the soapstone products are completely handmade. The tools consist of household items from screwdrivers, hand drills, to switchblades.

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 colour 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 colours with etched accents.

Size: 21cm (h) x 13cm (w) x 11cm (l)