Lovingly carved by hand from Kenyan soapstone, this beautifully natural Heart Dish is a wonderful gift for anyone on your shopping list. Remind a special someone of your love every time he or she uses this unique catch-all to hold jewelry on a dresser or keys in the entryway, candy on a coffee table or paper clips at the office. Simply stunning in its one-of-a-kind marbled appearance, this dish is sure to make a strong but subtle statement, and share the story of the artisans behind the product as well.
Every item of our Soapstone collection starts as a huge hunk of stone, mined and hauled form the lushly green hills of southwestern Kenya, before being sawed and hacked by machetes into smaller chunks of soapstone. Master artisans chisel and carve every piece into its final rough shape, and then more artisans wet sand until it is completely smooth. Then the hot Kenyan sun dries the soapstone items before different artisans paint and hand-etch every single message. So much time and talent, so many hands and so very much love goes into every single heart.
Purchasing just one of these hearts or of any of the Kisii Soapstone pieces provides so many jobs and a sustainable, stable income that provides for each woman artisan's family and the education and university fees for their children in a country where employment is too often nearly impossible for women to find.
Approx. 4 inches wide