Paula Kates is owner, artist and CEO of PJ Soaps. With an extensive background in Linguistic Philosophy, Paula left behind 11 years in the administrative world of the performing arts, first at Milwaukee’s Florentiine Opera, then with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and eventually cutting out on her own and turning her love of art towards soap making.
Paula has been making Melt and Pour soap since 2003 most recently winning “Best Soap” at the 2007 ISOCAN soapmaker’s convention in the Chicago area and “Best Soap” at the 2008 First Annual Georgia Spring Fling Soapmaker’s Convention in Conyers GA (outside of Atlanta) and has been aiming for mastery of the art form ever since. Paula is teaching two technique classes at Otion SWI: one on soap painting (really, you can paint just like her!) and utilizing the Melt and Pour Tool Kit to make incredible soaps (it’s easier than you think!)
This year, Paula will be teaching her famous soap painting technique. She’ll also share her tricks on using the injection tool for the finest deatils! Check out the fun we had the last three years: