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:
We can’t wait to have you here! You were a HUGE hit with the students when you were here (and with me personally). I know you have a lot of great product knowledge in your head and I’m excited to soak it all in. Plus, the Bramble Baby will want an honorary Auntie to hang out with in June =)
Thank you Amanda! I am so honored to be asked to teach again at THE premier international soapmaking event of the year. I taught at the very first event but haven’t been back ’til year four so there’s a whole lot to share with students and fellow soapmakers and undoubtedly just as much to learn! I assure you all, no matter how difficult a soap may look you will leave the class having learned all there is to master the technique at home.
She does such an amazing job; we are lucky to have her as a teacher.
Paula’s soaps are stunning! Certainly works of art!