by Cathlena Burr
In 1978 I transferred from a small college in Ann Arbor, MI to Berea College in Berea, KY because they didn’t charge tuition and they had a wonderful pottery program. (All students at Berea work a minimum of 10 hours a week to help offset tuition and are paid a minimal wage.) I was assigned to the News Bureau, writing newspaper articles about the college and students to send home to their local newspapers. In Dec. of my first semester, I was sent up to the third floor of the old bakery building to do an article on the student industry, Fireside Weaving. As soon as I walked through the door, I knew I was home. I asked for a job for the next semester and was hired. Thus began my life-long love affair with weaving.
After graduation, I moved to Albuquerque, NM where I was fortunate to meet my husband who immediately introduced me to Village Wools. I rented a loom and re-taught myself warping. In 1985 I was hired to work part-time and began teaching weaving classes. In 1992 I became one of the owners and was the primary weaving owner until that wonderful 44-year institution went out of business in 2015.
Teaching is my other passion. Everything I learn, I am synthesizing in my brain to pass onto other enthusiastic fiber-holics. As long as I am learning, I will be teaching. And I love learning!
In 2023 we moved to Idaho Falls, ID to be near grandchildren. The journey continues!