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Oct 01 2021


10:00 am - 12:00 pm



1001BB: Soap Making with Betsy Brey

Level: All
This workshop is currently full, please click here to add your name to the waitlist and you will be notified if a space opens up.


Students will learn how to make a lovely hand and body soap using the cold process method working with lye, vegetable oils and all natural additives. The finished product will be a half- gallon carton full of luxurious soap to share with family and friends.

Student provided supplies:

-3 to 4 quart Stainless Steel saucepan (do not bring aluminum)
-3 -Two cup plastic containers (i.e. large yogurt size)
-Stainless Steel Whisk
-Rubber spatula
-Bath & hand towel
-Optional: Essential oil, approximately 1 oz., to scent your soap
-Digital scale, if you have one, portable electric burner , if you have one


Workshop Teacher

  • Betsy Brey

    Betsy Brey grew up on a 400-acre dairy farm in Wisconsin and traveled extensively before she moved to Wilkes County in 1978. There she was inspired by the prolific, diverse, and immediately accessible natural resources in her surroundings to focus on the craft of traditional Southern Appalachian mountain basketry. She pursued this craft for 30 years before shifting her focus to bark peeling in 2010. Today, she utilizes her skills in basketry and bark peeling to create unique baskets, containers, and art.

    In her work, Betsy seeks to restore the human touch to our material lives. To do this, she handcrafts her work using an array of native natural materials all collected, as the seasons allow, exclusively from the 25 acres on which she lives. Some of her main materials include yellow poplar, cedar, hickory, white oak, hemlock, and reed.

    In addition to bark and basketry, Brey also makes soap and teaches classes on soap making.

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