About Karen

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I am an artist, educator, gardener and fermenter whose interests are rooted in transforming earth based raw materials and plants into things that are beautiful, tasty and useful. I founded Karen's Botanicals Natural Skin and Body Care Products and I am co-owner of Nu-Art Graphics-Industrial Screen Printing and Die Cutting, located in West Chester, PA. I live in the lovely Oley Valley in Berks County PA.

You can read my articles on Fermentation from the Reading Eagle Newspaper. The articles continue now on my blog.

June, 2023: Here is an interview about myself and my food fermentation classes in PA Eats, an online magazine which offers unique programming about PA food culture.

Here is a podcast interview from November, 2020. It is part of an exhibit at Studio B in Boyertown, PA. The exhibit is entitled Still Roaring 2020, and celebrates women's right to vote.

Here is a video with live interview and footage of the work in the exhibition.
It begins at 9 minutes, 35 seconds in.

Today: Art, Botanicals, and Fermentation

Today, I make and sell stoneware pottery and teach classes in all kinds of fermentation and herbal lotion and potion making. I study and learn constantly and almost every day can be found working in the studio or garden, trying a new kind of fermentation or pottery technique, collecting wild plants, or designing new classes. It really doesn't matter that much what I make, as long as it starts with raw materials.While my activities and interests are diverse, they are all deeply connected. I love sharing my passions with others; join me for some of my Upcoming Classes.


Palcho's Products Classes - Fall Vegetable Fermentation _onion, tomatoes, beets

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