New Apprentice at Crataegus: Jarryd Bailey
In the summer of 2016 a visitor from Tasmania dropped into our studio for a visit. He spent a few hours with us, and asked if by chance there were any openings in classes the next couple weeks. As it happened, there was an unexpected opening and we were able to spend three days in a Seasonal session with Jarryd Bailey, from Hobart, Tasmania. At the end of the session he asked if there was a possibility of an apprenticeship.
After a year and half abroad busily buying an antique home and getting married, Jarryd arrived in early February 2018 to start his apprenticeship. He’s receiving a lot of cheering support from back home, I even got a note from a past professor telling me to be sure he got his homework in on time.
We’re learning heaps (a word we’re learning has many applications) about Jarryd’s past life in marine science and the culture and environs of Tasmania. We’re also learning to say Tassie, as his home island in southern Australia is nicknamed.
Jarryd has repotted and wired heaps of trees since arriving. When work is done Jarryd lives in the studio residence with Andrew Robson, who is in his second year here at Crataegus and is Jarryd’s sempai. It falls on Andrew to pass on many of the details of how we run the yard here. When I arrive in the morning the house never fails to have the odor of a gourmet breakfast the two of them have cooked an hour before, which occasionally I get to sample as they are going out to start cleaning the yard.
So far we like Jarryd heaps—if you come visit he’s the ruddy haired fella with a quick smile and a perceptive view on life.