Photographs of The Muddy Moose Bath Boutique creating in their studio which can be found in Clearfield County.
For Deborah Rufh, soap making started as a hobby that turned into an obsession.
When she first started to make soap, she would make one three-pound batch of soap and would give it away. Now, she makes six batches at a time and sells it.
Holding a biology degree with a minor in chemistry, Deborah is a mad scientist of bath products. She likes to make her own formulations but is also inspired by the challenges customers bring to her — whether to create a specific smell or to find a solution to a skin problem.
Deborah is known for her soaps, as well as her skin cream, lotion bars, lip balms, dryer balls and felted soaps.
She uses goat milk from local farms and water from the Clarion River, which she collects, filters and distills. And the beeswax in her balms and salves also comes from local apiaries.
These images were captured by Katie Weidenboerner Deppen as part of the 2017 Creative Makers Exhibit, a traveling showcase of creative makers working in the PA Wilds.
More about the show here. Proceeds from the sales of the Creative Makers Exhibit photographic tiles & posters will go back into the work of the Wilds Cooperative and the extension of this project as we will continue photographing the creative makers living and working in the PA Wilds.
Each tile measures 8 in x 8 in and is mounted on foam core that is approximately 3/4 in thick and comes with adhesive attached for wall mounting.
Please note: Orders for photographic tiles are placed in a batch at the end of each month with the vendor, and then take an additional 2 weeks for delivery. Please be prepared that your order could take 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Meet the Maker
Over 10 years ago, a groundbreaking effort began to brand a quarter of the Commonwealth as the "Pennsylvania Wilds" and invest in it to create a premier nature, heritage and cultural destination that would fuel local economies and inspire stewardship among the people who live, work, play and visit the region. Engaging the region's artists and craftspeople in the work is key to building a meaningful regional brand and infusing pride into economically-distressed communities. The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania, our membership program that supports artisans and entrepreneurs through such regional branding, was born out of this belief. Today, nearly 200 local artists and craftspeople participate in this juried arts and business development program. "Creative Makers" reflects the splendor and uniqueness of the Pennsylvania Wilds landscape and rural lifestyle, and the resourcefulness and talent of the artists who live and work here. PA Wilds Juried photographers captured the images, and our goal with the exhibit is to help tell the story of the creative individuals living and working in the PA Wilds.
This project is made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.