Handmade in our shop using the highest quality earth pigment and natural watercolor binding medium made from gum arabic (sap from acacia trees,) honey, glycerine and distilled water.
Pipestone is a muted reddish/pink clay stone found mainly in Minnesota, the Dakotas and in Canada. The stone received its name because of its traditional use by Native Americans who used it to carve pipes; called calumets. These pipes were used extensively in ceremonies and the Sioux tribes held pipestone sacred, and even in time of war the quarries were regarded as neutral ground. Pipestone is sometimes called catlinite, for the artist and author George Catlin, who lived amongst the Plains Nations in the 1800’s. Pipestone is permanent and completely lightfast; the principle coloring agent is iron oxide (hematite) that leached into clay beds. We love the texture you get while painting with this beautiful pigment!
Please note - due the hardness of these specific minerals, they are a bit more gritty than our other pigments, but we think it gives them a unique texture.
* depending on availability - please allow around a week for items to be shipped.