A Herd of Hippos

A herd of hippos stampeded into our warehouse today, flattening grass and wallowing in water. All the way from Kenya, these mini soapstone hippos are hand carved by artisans who are part of SMOLArt, a group of artists who live in the rural village of Tabaka, Kenya. SMOLArt is a member of IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association, which assures that the artisans are paid a fair price for their work and supports community development by contributing to projects that improve living conditions, education, and health of their members and the village at large.
Soapstone Hippos

What is Soapstone Anyway?

Soapstone is a natural stone that is mined from pits. Artisans carve the hippos then smooth rough edges with sandpaper dipped in water. Paint in African motifs is applied in brilliant colors. Soapstone feels cool and smooth to the touch and not at all soapy!

Our herd of hippos will be making their way into crates for shipment to your home, so be sure to order yours soon.


3 responses to “A Herd of Hippos”

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  1. how do i order these cute little hippos? i am really interested in the hippo bowls. thanks, deborah medows

  2. when can i by from the ” herd of hippos”? also, will i be able to select the color of the hippos i want?

  3. Hippo Honcho says:

    We’ll have these back in stock later this year. Probably by October. Thanks for your interest! Happy hippo shopping!