From ancient to modern

Coffee set made by Pietro Gaggi in 1931.

In addition to the more classical products in traditional shapes, already towards the end of the nineteenth century, the craftsmen began to turn other objects always for domestic use, such as sugar bowls, coffe pots, saltcellars, etc. Then, as time passed, production gradually developed until it reached the range of objects we see today for use in the kitchen and for interior decoration. To make them more aesthetically pleasing, the turners began to use sandpaper to smooth them and wax to make them shiny and to decorate them. Later, they used a malachite green paint to enhance the colour of the stone. From 1930 onwards, the craftsmen began to decorate the soapstone objects with engravings and bas-reliefs.

In recent years, soapstone has also been used to sculpture some interesting works of art, significant examples of which can be seen in both civil and religious buildings throughout the Valmalenco.


  • Battista Leoni – Silvio Gaggi, La pietra ollare, Sondrio 1985