Soapmaking Studio

Soapmaking teachers, instructors, and staff at the Soapmaking Studio in San Diego County, California.

Soapmaking Teachers, Instructors, Staff, and Independent Contractors

Maya Jaimes · Kerri Mixon · David Perez · Naomi Smith · Rebecca Wolfe

Maya Jaimes

We recommend Maya Jaimes from Arco Iris Fiber Ranch and Translations as an independently-contracted translator for students. She is compassionate, enthusiastic, and accurate when translating English to Spanish for students during classes.

Kerri Mixon

Certified Soapmaking Teacher · Certified Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaker · Certified Advanced Melt and Pour Soapmaker

Kerri Mixon is a 16th generation soapmaker and is the master soapmaker and owner of Pallas Athene Soap, a successful soap company that has been in business since 1999. A former artisan perfumer, Kerri Mixon is certified as a "Soapmaking Teacher," as an "Advanced Cold-Process/Hot-Process Soapmaker," and as an "Advanced Melt and Pour Soapmaker." Kerri Mixon has been in the soap industry for more than 20 years and dozens of Kerri's technical articles on soapmaking have been published in "The Saponifier" magazine. She has completed specialized training in nutrition, herbology, and aromatherapy. After teaching at a central California college for five years and teaching the Modern Soapmaking class at Cuyamaca College for three years, she currently teaches more than a dozen soapmaking classes at the Soapmaking Studio, and she consults privately with small and large corporations regarding the manufacture of products ranging from bath bombs, to lotion, to soap.

Kerri Mixon was one of the featured lecture speakers during the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019 soap guild annual conferences. Her presentations were attended by hundreds of soapmakers from around the world. Some of her lecture presentations are available on the Soapmaking Studio in the News page. In 2019, Kerri Mixon was presented the most prestigious, "Honorary Lifetime Membership" award from the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. The next year, in 2020, Kerri Mixon officially registered National Soapmaking Day as the last Sunday in September, annually, to honor the soapmaking craft.

Instructor Kerri Mixon Soapmaker Kerri Mixon

I enjoy helping students to reach the "ah-ha" moment. For me, teaching is all about the look of understanding on a student's face. When it comes to making soap, I am very open to new ideas: So if you present me with a theory, expect me to test it out!

David Perez

David Perez is the General Operations Manager for Certified Lye, Pallas Athene Soap, and the Soapmaking Studio. David is also the Store Manager, so you may see him when you stop by to purchase soapmaking supplies. Dave is a funny guy (and Kerri's husband). Don't let him play any tricks on you!

Manager David Perez

Naomi Smith

Compassionate and caring, Naomi Smith is a professional independent contractor with Freelance Flower in Roy, Utah. Naomi's company is entrusted with monitoring and mediating the Soapmaking Studio Group on Facebook and the Soapmaking Studio on Instagram and is contracted to manage all of our social media.

Rebecca Wolfe

Rebecca Wolfe currently works as our contracted eBay store manager.

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Instructors Wanted!

If you are a professional lecturer or independent contractor/instructor and are interested in teaching a class at the Soapmaking Studio or if you are interested in renting the Soapmaking Studio to hold a class, please contact the Soapmaking Studio.

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