“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”
― Johannes Brahms
On any sunny afternoon you can find Mrs Jery on the front porch of the Gullah Grub, sitting in her favorite rocker sewing and weaving her famous baskets…something she has been doing since her grandmother taught her at the tender age of 5. She sits alone crafting her baskets and speaking to different tourist about her work, sharing her history and educating people daily. Taking the time to speak with her for just five minutes will have you walking away feeling so much more enlightened about her world.


Master Craftswoman

The baskets that Mrs Jery is weaving aren’t ordinary baskets that you can find in any stores. These baskets are unique and exclusive to the Gullah community. Made out of sweet grass, palmetto, pine needles and bulrush, these baskets definitely are a conversation piece. Basket weaving was taught by the older generation passing it down to the younger generation; however Mrs Jery is worried that the younger generations are not interested in learning how to basket weave and that the tradition may stop with her which is disheartening.
Whether she’s using a combination of both sweet grass and bulrush or using them separately the baskets made by Mrs Jery are so beautiful and rare that there are some on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the San Francisco Airport and multiple other museums throughout the SE region of the country.