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Natural 8-inch Tall Soapstone Family Sculpture - 2 Parents 1 Child - Smolart

30.00

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. This sculpture depicts a stylized family. The soapstone is natural. Please allow for color variation from cream to pink to gray in any single piece. Dimensions: 8 inches tall by 4 inches wide and 3 inches in diameter.

Meet the Artisans

Metal Artisan in Haiti 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.

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 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.

Shipping

Orders will be shipped within 48 hours of placement unless specifically stated. Orders are shipped Monday through Friday. The warehouse is closed on holidays and weekends. Orders placed on weekends and holidays are processed the next opened business day. Orders are typically delivered within 2 weeks. Please consult tracking numbers for up to date information.

We offer Priority Mail for US and International orders. Please note international orders may get charged Duty and Taxes by your the country of destination. You are solely responsible for any duty or taxes.

Returns - The Village Country Store

There is a 15% Restocking Fee on all orders! This is the manufacturers policy upon which we must all abide. No exceptions.

Our policy lasts 14 days. Within 14 days of purchase you can return your goods, no questions asked.  If 14 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

General Returns

To be eligible for a return, Items must be unopened, unused, be in the same condition that you received it, unlaundered, in their original packaging with law required tags still attached, in a resell-able condition, and if sold in sets, must be returned in sets. THE RA NUMBER MUST BE MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE PACKAGE, or package will not be received.

Please contact us for a return authorization number (RMA) and shipping instructions.  Please include the paperwork you received with your order or a print out of your email confirmation to enable us to process your return.

If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance.

Damaged Goods
Please notify us by email admin@thevillagecountrystore.com - we will determine if we need the item returned. A replacement will be set.

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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful Statue - Looks much more expensive

Hi Carol! Thank you for your wonderful and thoughtful review of our soapstone statues! They are all unique, with slight variations as they are handcrafted by our artisans. Thank you for explaining why these (Soapstone Sculptures)  may be different than what is pictured - due to the very nature of soapstone and the inherent characteristics of handcrafted products. I am so happy you are delighted with your purchase. And your honest and thoughtful review helps others when deciding upon their purchases! Thank you! ...and thank you too for being a part of the fair trade movement. I hope to see you again! Thank you! - Michele/Shopkeeper

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Super Happy!
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R.S.
I Love the Sculpture but...

Hi Rebecca Scarola! Thank you so much for your Four Star ***** review of our soapstone sculptures!!! Such work, love and hand-craftsmanship go into each piece. A lovely sculpture representing a family of six has to be a hard to find gift. I'm thrilled we had it for you. I hope you can find a place where it can fit into your decor with its yellow tones. When it finds its nesting place, I hope you send us a picture! Thank you Rebecca! We hope to see you again soon! - Michele Adams/Shopkeeper 

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J.L.M.
Very Pleased
Thank you so much Joy for your outstanding Five Star Review! It was fantastic to hear that you are well pleased with your shipment, and that the quality and craftsmanship of your Set of 3 Mini Handcrafted Soapstone Elephants is superb! Your review is vital to others considering fair trade products! Thank you so much and I hope I see you again! Thank you! - Michele Adams/Shopkeeper

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