Kentucky Tourism

Werking, Kathy — Soapwerks

Carlisle, KY


soaps, lotions

Kathy Werking is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to teaching, she also runs two craft businesses, producing and selling her works through her own store in Midway, Kentucky and via regional craft fairs and shops.

 Kathy lives in Paris, Kentucky, in a vintage home that she is carefully restoring to its original 1790’s look. She got her creative start in 1993, when she picked up a copy of the magazine, Folk Art, and discovered an idea that became her first business – making floorcloths – an old fashioned rug made from canvass, painted and hemmed - for use on bare floors.

 As a new homeowner, and an environmentally conscious person, Kathy began to be interested in the natural herbs and plants surrounding her home. She taught herself how to make soap and candles, and began scenting them by using the natural herbs and botanicals raised in local gardens. This new activity grew into Kathy’s second business –  Soap Werks – a line of handmade soaps, body care products, lotions and bath salts – as well as scented herbal candles.

 The ingredients in Soap Werks beauty products all come from nature: vegetable oils, dried herbs, honey, beeswax, and essential oils. No animal products or synthetic preservatives are used and the candles are made of soy-based wax and woven cotton wicking – with no lead or metals.  Kathy creates and uses her own original art work on her labels and package designs. In 2002, Kathy opened Soap Werks & Werking Studio in Midway, Kentucky, where she creates and sells her two lines of products.

 Kathy’s time management skills come into play when she balances her many activities. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Soap Werks products can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.