March 12, 2013
I just got home yesterday after attending the 2013 1st Annual Central Soapers Workshop that took place at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. The two day workshop featured some outstanding speakers, soap labs, a soap contest, a chance to make soap and try new things, lots of fun give-aways and/or things to purchase, and a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with other soapers--from seasoned veterans to those who have only been soaping for a couple of months. Read on for more . . .
The speakers were outstanding! They were knowledgeable, interesting, and entertaining! Some of the topics included:
In the soap labs, we had an opportunity to learn some new techniques for creating some neat, patterned, swirling color effects in our soap. It's one thing to read a book or to listen to someone describe a technique, but watching someone do it in real-life provides a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. Again, we had some wonderful presenters!
As part of the workshop, each of us had an opportunity to make a pound of soap. Majestic Mountain Sage provided all of the supplies so that we could play around with new colors, fragrances, additives and techniques that we might not normally have tried. Conditions were a little crowded and rushed, and many of us joked about how this wasn't how we did things at home! Still, it was a fun part of the workshop!
Perhaps one of the best parts of the workshop was the chance to meet and network with so many other soapers from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Tennessee. I met some really fun and creative women, and a couple of men, all of whom are passionate about handmade soap! To the women who organized this event....many kudos to you! You did a great job, and I am already looking forward to next year's event!
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