Whatever the class you take, you can count on The Handmade Academy
to teach you how to make great things, and have fun while doing it.

The Handmade Academy specializes in teaching students the art of creating natural soaps, bath & body products (such as lotions, creams, lip balms, and scrubs), and other crafts in a fun environment that encourages creativity and discovery.


Located in the Seattle neighborhood of Columbia City, the Handmade Academy maintains small classes of five to ten students to allow everyone the maximum opportunity to learn, ask questions, and experience the process of making something by hand.


All of classes provide in-depth tutorials, and step-by-step demonstrations by instructors who have years of experience to share.  You’ll leave with the knowledge, and confidence to apply your new-found skills on your own.


Whether you are looking to learn a new hobby, or start your very own handcrafted business, the Handmade Academy is the place to start.


Click here to see our available classes.

highlights from

recent classes

Hands-on classes is a fun and engaging way to learn. You can see how it's done, and be able to ask questions along the way.

Getting ready to make soap

Essential oils being weighed

A batch of soap goes into the mold

About the instructor

My name is Christian Butler, and I have been making soap and handcrafted bath & body products since 2009.  I was in the search of a better shaving soap than what I could find in the stores.  So when I found myself unemployed during the Great Recession, I figured it was a good time to learn how to make some on my own since I had lots of time to practice.


What started out as being just something to do as a pastime turned out to be so much more for me.  I loved the artistry of soapmaking, and decided to turn my newfound skills into a small business. 
I've sold my products at farmers markets, craft fairs, and through my personal online shop.


Later, I decided to share my knowledge of crafting soaps and bath & body products from scratch,
and opened the Handmade Academy in 2014. It's my hope and wish that the Handmade Academy inspires people to learn, and hone their skills in creating handcrafted soaps, lotions, and other
bath & body products, whether it's for fun or profit.

As seen on TV

Christian Butler | Owner & Instructor

Christian Butler | on the set of new day northwest | November 2, 2016

The Handmade Academy was featured on New Day Northwest, demonstrating how to make simple handmade gifts for the holidays.


Watch it here >

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