Soap challenge contestants

Meet Your Makers Showdown contestant Baz Morris, second from left, poses with judges and contestants. Actress Chrissy Metz, center, is the show’s host.

A Woodstock soap maker is set to appear on the new Discovery+ original "Meet Your Makers Showdown," which premieres Saturday.

Baz Morris, owner of Dirty Unicorn in downtown Woodstock, will appear on the first episode of the six-episode series, along with other artisans who are looking to win $10,000 and bragging rights. The competitors’ creations will need to impress the judging panel, consisting of singer, songwriter, actress, and crafter LeAnn Rimes, craft expert judge Mark Montano, and a rotating weekly guest judge, according to a press release.

"This Is Us" star and crafting enthusiast Chrissy Metz will host the show.

In the first episode, Metz will task four soap makers with creating bars featuring outer space and national park themes, according to the release. The contestants are Kenny Lef from Michigan, Roxanne Moore from Washington, Morris from Canton, and Robyn French Smith from Texas. The winner will receive $10,000 and the title of "Soap Maker Champion."

Morris, a Canton resident, said he enjoyed his time on the show, and found out that he made the cut to appear on the series on his birthday.

"I found out I made the show on my 40th birthday, and I flew out a couple of weeks later for filming in May," he said. "It was an absolutely amazing, but confusing experience because I was on a set in an unfamiliar space. As a maker, you have your studio set up the way you're used to, but then on set it's an unfamiliar space. But overall, it was a lot of fun, and I had the opportunity to meet some of my idols in the soaping and business world, as well as Hollywood."

Morris's soap making business, Dirty Unicorn, is at MADE Mercantile, 8636 Main St. in downtown Woodstock. Morris said his business focuses on soap, beard care, body care, personal care, and home goods.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Morris was a travel agent. When few people were traveling last year, he turned to soap making.

"I found out I had a deep passion and many opinions for body care and soap making, so a couple of bars into soap making, I realized I was on to something," Morris said. "I joined MADE Mercantile in the spring."

The first two episodes of the series will premiere on Discovery+ Nov. 27. The show is produced by Michael Levitt Productions. For more information, visit www.discoveryplus.com.

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