Church Street Fair This Weekend!

Church Street Fair This Weekend! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’ll be at the BLUE UMBRELLAS Collaborative Art Exhibit this Saturday & Sunday 11am – 8pm hawking my wares as part of the Church Street Fair celebrating the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Great Art, Great food, wine and beer and of course the best music – hope to see you there!

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Save the Date: Sculpture SLAM at SLOMA

Lucky Number 17 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureI will have a brand new piece from my Bone Series included in this biannual exhibition of sculpture at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art- hope you can come see the show!

September 1st – October 29th
Reception and Awards September 1, 6–9 pm
October 6, 6–9 pm, public reception in conjunction with Art After Talk, a citywide gallery walk

California Sculpture SLAM: Juried Exhibition
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad Street | San Luis Obispo CA

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Save the Date: Church Street Fair

Save the Date: Church Street Fair | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


I will be showcasing some of my smaller sculptures and Art Hearts this year at the annual Cabrillo Music Festival’s Church Street Fair. Look for the artists under the blue umbrellas and enjoy the music!

Cabrillo Music Festival | Church Street Fair

Downtown Santa Cruz

August 5 & 6th | 11am – 8pm


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Save the Date: Sculpture IS: 2017

Save the Date: Sculpture IS: 2017 | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureSculpture Is: 2017 “In the Garden”

Presented by the Pajaro Valley Arts
June 1 – October 31, 2017
Reception: June 29th 5 – 7pm

The eleventh annual Sculpture IS: exhibition is taking place on the beautiful two-acre Sierra Azul Nursery demonstration gardens with over 90 sculptures. This critically acclaimed exhibit showcases work in steel, wood, ceramics, bronze, glass and concrete. Come visit the gardens!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville California

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See you at the Annieglass Craftbar this Weekend!

Craftbar Kick-Off Party

See you at the Annieglass Craftbar this Weekend! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureHelp celebrate the opening of the Craftbar at our Watsonville factory. Enjoy food from My Mom’s Mole, beer from Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. and live music! Jenni Ward’s ceramic sculptures will be on display and available for sale. She will also be hosting workshop in the afternoon- space is limited, so register today!

Craft a Terracotta Pinch Pot with Jenni Ward 
Make up to three pinch pots for succulant containers
$45/pp (includes drinks and snacks)
Check out the event page to reserve your spot!

Saturday May 27th 12 – 5pm
Workshop 2 – 3pm

310 Harvest Dr. Watsonville, CA

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Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th

Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureUC Santa Cruz Art in the Arboretum : Environmental Installations

May 20 – November 17,2017
reception for the artists May 20th 3-6

This exhibition will be the third sculpture exhibition at the Arboretum. This new exhibition emphasizes the symbiotic connection of art and horticulture. There are 12 sculptors participating in this exhibition: Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Wendy Domster, Barbara Downs, Ethan Estess, Jayson Fann, Diana Hobson, Roy Holmberg, John Hylton, Sharon Loper, Jenni Ward and Liz Whittaker bringing a variety of media to the gardens.

Art in the Arboretum is being curated by local artist and sculptor Susana Arias to promote art and artists in Santa Cruz.

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Save the Date: Annual Spring Studio Sale 2017

Mission Industrial Studios Open for Spring Sale

May 6th & 7th | 1 – 6 with evening art activities May 6th from 6 -9

Eleven artists in the Mission Industrial Studio complex will open their studios to the public for a weekend of creativity. The artists will have works on display for sale and will be available to discuss their process, some will offer demos and have hands-on activities for visitors.

The eleven artists include, Jamie Abbott, Lucia Bruer, Barbara Downs, Nora Dougherty, Sefla Joseph, Joey Kochlacs, Majio, Kirk Mc Neill, Stacey Pollard, Susan Wagner & Jenni Ward. These studios are typically only open during the county wide Open Studios Art Tour in October and some rarely open to the public, making this weekend event a unique opportunity for the public to visit the artists in their work space. The artists range in medium from painting, to glass, to metal, wood and clay, offering something for everyone’s artistic taste. This event hopes to offer a creative experience for both locals and visitors to the Santa Cruz area.

Save the Date: Annual Spring Studio Sale 2017 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

The studios are located on the westside of Santa Cruz on Mission St extension between Swift St. and Natural Bridges Dr. and will be open on May 6 & 7, 2017 from 1 – 6 on Saturday and Sunday with additional art events from 6 – 9 on Saturday evening.

Highlights planned for the event include Nora Dougherty’s trailer, a mobile art gallery on location, a clay seed bomb making activity at Jenni Ward’s earth art studio, and Kirk Mc Neill’s large scale sculpture the Sharky-Go-Round on display. Food Trucks AGoGo will be onsite in the late afternoon on Saturday offering tasty local tacos along with live music from The Dooners. After the sun sets, art movies around a campfire with marshmallows will round out Saturday’s activities.

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The Evocative Garden

The Evocative Garden | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

2017 NCECA Annual Exhibition:
The Evocative Garden

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center | Portland, OR
March 8- April 1, 2017
Opening Reception March 23, 2017 6-9pm

JUROR/ CURATOR: Gail M. Brown, curator will select works for the exhibition in coordination with NCECA Exhibitions Director Leigh Taylor Mickelson.



The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is pleased to announce that in 2017, esteemed curator of contemporary craft Gail M. Brown will launch this new series with The Evocative Garden, an international juried and invitational exhibition exploring natural and cultivated worlds. Invited artists include Megan Bogonovich, Jess Riva Cooper, Kim Dickey, Linda Sormin and Dirk Staschke.

A breadth of implied and articulated dramas will be staged as a personally defined natural landscape or more formalized garden scenario. In works of ceramic sculpture, installation, object and vessel format, each participant will offer a new or recent work- some potent objects-as-metaphors, with sub-text and, others as choreographed scenes with figuration or the figure/s implied in a verdant location, in vocabularies from nuanced realism to personal symbolism. Each will be designed to reference an array of issues- nature’s fragility and sustainability, the wild and the tame, life’s appetites and dilemmas, conflict and resolution, the everlasting and the temporal- social and historic events, of the natural world and the human condition. Artists remind us that nature and the articulated garden, as context, stimulation and tactile allure, is a seductive, universal, ever present enticement.

~Gail M. Brown, Curator

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