Monday, March 09, 2009

Artist Spotlight on Patrice at The Soap Seduction

How would you like to serve this scrumptious looking dessert at your next dinner party?  Well don't, because despite how wonderfully decadent it looks, it probably doesn't taste very good because this creation is actually soap.  It was made by Patrice from The Soap Seduction on Artfire and she is the Artist Spotlight of the week.
Therefore, without further ado - Here's Patrice!!!
1) Name, Location
My name is Patrice Harrison, and I am a native Washingtonian (DC.) I currently live in Mount Rainier, MD which is just on the outskirts of DC. 2) Where can you be found online? I primarily sell and promote on ArtFire and my blog. I do have shops on 1000 Markets and Etsy. 3) What do you do? I’m a banker by trade. It pays the bills, but my passion is making quality, all natural soaps and bath and body products. I also make candles. 4) How long have you done it? I’ve been making candles for about 2 ½ years, but I’ve been making soap seriously for about 1 ½ years. 5) How did you start? It all started when I read an article in Lucky mag about a young woman who made these ridiculously expensive lip scrubs. I knew I could do just as good for half the price when I read the ingredients list. It was basically stuff you already have in your kitchen! I started making a few Christmas gifts for my co-workers, but when they came back for more, I knew I was on to something! 6) Why did you choose this and not something else? I actually started out as a jewelry maker (if you want to call it that), but I wasn’t very good at it-even after a few classes. I just can’t get the clasps to stay put on my necklaces and bracelets. Anyway, I decided to try something safer-like candle-making (fire doesn’t scare me at all!) When I got candle-making down to a science, I decided to challenge myself even further by trying soaps. 7) How did you learn your craft? I learned my craft through trial and error and by buying books and publications on how to make soap. I can’t tell you how many batches of soap I’ve ruined before finally getting it right. Soap-making is such a science that I still flub a batch every now and then. 8) Is this a full time profession for you or do you have another job? (See #3) 9) If this isn’t your full time profession, would you do it full time if you could? Oh, without a doubt! I love making soap. It’s relaxing. It’s invigorating. It’s cathartic (I think you have to have the addiction to understand what I’m talking about.) I’m not business-minded though, so if I could have someone do the marketing while I did the creating, that would make my life! But, being the very small business person that I am, I am the creator, the accountant, the marketer, etc. I’m enjoying every moment of it though! 10) Anything I didn’t ask that you would like to talk about? Yes. I have a shameless plug here: Follow my blog: and get 15% off all your purchases all the time for as long as you follow my blog. I call it The Soap Seduction Stimulus Package. I want to extend my thanks to Patrice for being the first artist spotlighted on my blog. Now, go forth and buy lots of yummy soap and body products from her :) If you would like to be featured on my blog email me at Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Nice interview! Patrice picked a great name for her shop, that soap is definitely seductive!