Deborah Kraemer’s career as a soap manufacturer, teacher and entrepreneur grew out of her experience as a mother. When her baby was unable to tolerate commercially manufactured soap, she became a formulator to produce soap he could tolerate. Along the way, she discovered a passion for turning common self-care practices, like showering, into aesthetic experiences. After completing a BA at Columbia College, Deb founded the Chicago Soap Company, manufacturing soap out of her home. Selling primarily in Farmer’s Markets until opening her own shop in Chicago, she has a thriving private label business as well as producing a full line of skin care products under the successful brand, Abbey Brown Soap Artisan. Deborah not only conducts regular soapmaking workshops but travels around the world helping farmers and entrepreneurs, as well as those in disadvantaged communities in America. Her goal is to teach them how to take better care of their skin, utilize the benefits of aromatherapy, start and maintain entrepreneurial businesses and support a green environment. She is also involved in a number of woman’s organizations and takes a special interest in empowering women to find more satisfaction in their journey through life.

Workshops with Deborah

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!