Soapstone Preform and Vessel
Soapstone Preform and Vessel.
On the left is a crude piece of soapstone known as a preform. A preform is a block of soapstone that has been detached from a parent outcrop but has not yet been shaped into a functional vessel. On the right is a fragment of a finished soapstone vessel. Notice the detail along the edges where the sloping rim of the vessel is evident. Also the smoother surface appearance of the vessel. To carve a soapstone vessel such as this one requires a skilled and patient carver.

Reproduced by permission of Brent Murphy. Photo ©1997.
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