Central Soapers Workshop was born in June, 2012, and is being organized by myself, Kenna of Amathia Soapworks. (A huge thank you to Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks, Benjamin of Prairie Soap Company, and Sandi of Harmony Bath & Body for their continued support and assistance! More appreciation and thanks to Crystal of Dirty Water Soapworks and Teddi of Country Bubbles Soap for all of their volunteer hours to making CSW a success!)
After many years of wishing I could go to conferences and gatherings in other states and regions, I slowly began to wonder why there wasn’t any soapmaking gatherings in the central United States region. After a year of pondering the why’s and what-if’s, I decided that it’s time to put my foot in my mouth and make something happen for us lonely folks.
Central Soapers Workshop 2013
The first Central Soapers Workshop was held March 9-10, 2013 in Overland Park, Kansas at the Capitol Federal Conference Center on Johnson County Community College’s campus.
The Central Soapers Workshop was organized as a two day weekend retreat for soapmakers, in super laid back and casual style. Classes and presentations were held during the day.
Central Soapers Workshop 2014
The date and location for Central Soapers Workshop 2014 hasn’t been announced yet, but planning will get a kickstart in late summer 2013. Expect another March gathering in Kansas, as chosen by popular vote of our first year attendees. Can’t wait!
Attendance and Registration
Attendance is open to all soapmakers nationwide, regardless of membership affiliations with trade groups, with a focus on soapers in the central United States region. The registration fee includes attendance to all classes, demonstrations, and presentations, participation in raffles and door prizes, a swag bag, a workshop booklet detailing CSW information with space to store handouts and the like, as well as optional participation in the Soapers’ Suds Off and Swap. Get the low down on all the soapmaking fun that will happen at CSW by checking out the event highlights page. Lunch and snacks are provided as part of the registration fee.
Classes, Demonstrations, and Presentations
A wide variety of topics and presentations are offered, covering soapmaking techniques, business aspects such as photography, marketing, and branding, and personal wellness, like stress and time management. Each workshop for the first Central Soaper’s Workshop is still detailed right here. The final conference schedule for 2013 is still available.
Vendors & Sponsors
Vendor space is available for vendors and suppliers who offer products or services of interest to handcrafted soapmakers, or related services to small business ownership. Please contact CSW for more information about vendor space at the first Central Soapers Workshop. CSW welcomes sponsors to support our gathering, and would love to speak with interested parties about how they can help bring the soapmaking fun back to the central U.S., while gaining exposure with the movers and shakers of our industry right here in the central region.
CSW also wants to extend endless gratitude to the following soapmakers who helped to get CSW off the ground with an Early Sponsorship Registration. These soapers made it possible for CSW to secure a venue for the first CSW in 2013, and without their support, we wouldn’t be here today! A huge round of applause and thanks to Spoonbridge Soaps, Great Cakes Soapworks, Savon Arts, Country Bubbles Soaps, Ava Bayba Soaps, CoffeeHouse Suds, Wild Prairie Soaps, Lovin’ Soap, and Dirty Water Soap Works!