Soap Weekend Intensive 2012: Who will be there?
This is the fabulous Kat from Otion teaching her famous swirling class.
Wednesday January 8th, 2012
Local soap supply company will be hosting their 4th annual weekend of soapmaking lead by Anne-Marie Faiola, CEO of Bramble Berry Soapmaking Supplies. The exclusive class hosts aspiring soapmakers from all over the world, teaching students everything soapmaking from the basics to advanced techniques.
Successful artists and leaders in the soapmaking industry are also flown in to make special guest appearances. This year’s “soap’lebrities” include Debby Chialtas of Soapylove, Erin Pikor of Naiad Soap Arts along with local soapmaking artisans Anne-Marie Faiola and Kat Hackney, manager of Otion the Soap Bar in downtown Bellingham.
Faiola explains the event in a giddy manner. “It’s going to be a beautiful and jam-packed weekend full of soapmaking, creativity, laughs and cupcakes. We always end the busy weekend with a cupcake social. I think everyone always has a great time, including the Bramble Berry staff.”
This year’s projects will include: advanced melt & pour with Debbie Chialtas including cupcake soap and splattered paint soap. Four different scrubs with Erin Pikor. Learn 2 swirl techniques in cold process soap with Kat. Make lotion with Jill Heuser from Northwest Scents. And learn to infuse herbs and spices in cold process soap with Anne-Marie.
“I’m so excited about the teachers flying up this year. Our students are getting this unique opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. And I’m always thrilled to teach a class full of interested and dedicated students.” says Faiola.
The weekend of intense soapmaking is June 15th-17th, 2012 in Bellingham, WA. Learn more about Soap Weekend Intensive 2012 at www.brambleberry.com and read some fun blog posts of SWI past at www.soapqueen.com. See SWI blog posts from the past SWI 2008, SWI 2009, SWI 2010 and SWI 2011)
Purchase your ticket here while spots are still available.
Kristy teaching her class last year on neon cold process goat milk soap.
Kelli Ubrick says
Hi, I cannot wait, is there anything we need to bring?
Becky with Bramble Berry says
Hi Kelli! You will be receiving an email before SWI starts that will detail everything you need to bring with you this year! 🙂 P.S. We can’t wait!
-Becky with Bramble Berry
What are the class times?
They’re all day – so 8:30 to 5 ish with breaks and lunch. We jam pack it in – but with so many travelers, we don’t think our students would have it any other way =)
Having been to a soaping class in the past I am wondering what each day’s schedule will be.
Time wise from am to pm and lunch break on each day. This would allow for scheduling other activities and having a lunch with friends.
We pack it pretty full from 9 to 5 or 8:30 to 5 but you’re always welcome to take it lighter if you’d like.
Every day, there is 1 hour for lunch plus 2-3 fifteen*ish minute breaks for bathroom, coffee etc…
Depending on how experienced the class is, sometimes we finish early (it’s a total toss up – it really depends on each year’s classes).
Sheila Peoples says
Where do you fly into and what hotel would you recommend? Would I need a rental car? I’d love to come. Thank you.
You can either fly into Bellingham (BLI) and take a bus or a taxi to the Lakeway Inn http://www.bellingham-hotel.com/ or you can fly into Seattle (SEA) and take a bus directly to across from the Lakeway Inn (convenient) or rent a car.
The location we have our classes is 1.5 miles away and definitely walkable or taxi-able ($5-$7 for a taxi one way).
If you are making a fun trip out of it and plan to stay a couple days on the front end or back end, I’d get a car so you can explore. It is a beautiful area and there are lots of amazing hikes or lovely drives with view vistas.
How many students are there in this future class?
There are 19 spots available and we’re already starting to sell tickets. So if you’re interested I would get it booked =)
It’s so much fun! I love helping out every year!
Courtney from Bramble Berry
That looks like it is going to be a lot of fun:)
Sounds fantastic! I so wish I could be there.
Donna Maria Coles Johnson says
Congrats! Looks like tons of delicious fun to be had by all. Love the “giddy” reference. So positive, so you 🙂
I wish I could go. Do you ever offer scholarships? Flying from Hawaii is expensive…;)
I hear you! Watch Alaska Airlines like a hawk! They have been having some crazy $299 roundtrip deals lately =)
Leslie @ LillaSyster Soap Co. says
Oh that sounds like so much fun! Do you ever think you might ever have one not in June? We always go to Sweden in June-July.