Our contemporary soapstone products are hand carved by artisan Bonface Okeyo and his collective in Kisii County, Western Kenya. The video below shows the various steps that go into the creative process.
Soapstone is a beautifully soft material with an appearance similar to that of marble. Because it is composed primarily of talc, it is usually very soft to the touch. Soapstone is typically grey, pink, coral or black in color.
Its name is derived from its "soapy" feel and softness. Because of its softness, soapstone is easy to carve into all different shapes and designs. It is also non-porous and heat-resistant, making it a great material for a wide range of uses.
Soapstone carving has been going on for generations. The artisans learned the craft their fathers, and their fathers’ fathers. They used to make purely utilitarian items such as smoking pipes. Now they make contemporary pieces with global appeal.