About Kataryna


Kataryna Tkach, born in 1490 into a Kyivian merchant family was apprenticed to a kobza and his family when it was found out that she was blind. There she learned how to live by trading her skills as an instrumentalist and singer for alms. Once she gained journeyman status she decided to travel to western Europe where she met a band of artisans who took her into their home as one of their own. Suddenly finding herself holding a higher station in life she found enough money to have her vision corrected and learned a number of other crafts. Aside from music she has learned both pottery and how to write pysanka; which she is very fond of doing since it reminds her of her parents. Kataryna also loves her garden and spends an inordinate amount of time making new types of plants.