Final Week for Bodies of Water

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This is it! The show ends Dec 3rd!

This Art + Science based exhibit will sadly conclude this coming Saturday but there is still time to check it out! Best times to be up on the hill and get parking are Thursday evenings or Saturdays. Thank you to everyone who has made it up to see the show!

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery | University of California Santa Cruz

September 20 – December 3, 2022

Gallery Hours: 12 – 5 Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat & 1:30 – 7 Thurs

A parking pass can be acquired from the kiosk at the Bay St. campus entrance or you can use the Parkmobile app.  Click here for a map.

To purchase work from this exhibit: SHOP HERE

Featured Art: Lichen Series Spore Patterns

This piece Spore Patterns from the Lichen Series originally debuted at the Grants Pass Museum of Art exhibit; ‘where art & nature meet’ as a site specific wall piece. Afterwards, all four hundred+ parts stayed in a box for a few years while I figured out what to do with them.

During this past years Open Studios event, this installation reemerged from the depths and onto the wall as an engaging, sometimes eye-tricking single piece. Your perception of the piece changes as you move around it and when the light moves, it plays with the sense of depth.

Inspired by shelf fungus forms, gill structures and dropping spore markings of mushrooms, this piece would be a statement in any room, and would make a striking display for a lobby or restaurant space. It is 48″ x 48″ x 3″, ceramic mounted on painted wood panel, hangs by metal cleats on the backside, $4000.

Due to shipping variations, this piece is not in the online shop, but is available for purchase and shipping as needed. Please contact me directly if you’re interested in this piece.


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from our family to yours…

hope you get to eat all the goodies, enjoy the all the company and are grateful for the adventure.

wishing you all a happy thanksgiving

featured art: urchin holes

Bodies of Water Exhibit | Shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Urchins Holes are hand built, perforated flanges of very thin, nearly translucent porcelain fused to a stoneware ring as it’s protector. Inspired by the sea urchins natural homes of holes in mudstone rocks visible at very low tides. The holes are actually formed by the urchins themselves, who bite away at the rock with their teeth and slowly sculpt their protected home around them.

Only 5 are available in the online shop and they make a perfect gift for the art + nature lover in your life!


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This week, outside the studio…

sadly left my warm little home in the desert to head back to santa cruz
Before I got back to Santa Cruz though, we snuck in 2 more segments on our Bay Area Ridge Trail project, completing 15 of the 73 hikes.
One took us through the Lucas preserve and had views of Skywalker Ranch and the entire north bay and the other, a short segment through Skylawn Memorial Park cemetery, love getting to check out these unique spots in the Bay Area that we would of otherwise never discovered.

The Outside Scoop is a weekly blog series that shares a little bit of what’s going on in my life outside of the studio. Please feel free to leave comments, I look forward to chatting with you here!

ArtAxis Fundraising Sale

Over 100 works donated by over 75 artists are now available on the Artaxis web shop and all sales support their mission, one of my Medusas is available too! The sale launches Tuesday November 15th at 11am (PST).

Artaxis is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that is guided by a simple principle – artists supporting artists. Featuring nearly 1000 artists from over 50 countries and all 50 States in the US, Artaxis engages the ceramics community through promotional, educational, and networking programs while celebrating diverse artistic practices and being a resource of aesthetic values.


Last Water Droplet Available!

Bodies of Water Exhibit | Shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Two of the three available Water Droplets have sold! Does anyone want to adopt the last in this series of work??

Inspired by viewing a drop of seawater under a microscope these porcelain plankton parts are trapped within multiple layers of clear resin. Each resin disc is set into a custom stoneware clay and copper holder that is mounted to the wall and lit with LED lighting.

600. | 8″ x 9″ x 5″ | ceramic, resin, copper, led lights | 2022

A portion of your purchase will be donated to the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery and California Ocean Alliance.


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This week, outside the studio…

cherishing my final days in this amazing place, so lucky to get to spend time here
3 am lunar eclipses and baby rattlesnake catch and releases are just a part of life in the desert

The Outside Scoop is a weekly blog series that shares a little bit of what’s going on in my life outside of the studio. Please feel free to leave comments, I look forward to chatting with you here!

Art Fridays at the Gallery

Need a moment in the week to just zone out and make a little art?

Art Fridays happen every Friday at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery from 12-5 and they are open to anyone who wants to just stop in and be creative. I was invited to attend last week and we used polymer clay to create ocean inspired creatures which could then be painted with some acrylics.

It was so sweet to watch obviously really busy students, just stop and play with clay for a few minutes before continuing on with their day. During my exhibition, all the Art Friday projects are ocean related, from seashell and wire jewelry to mosaics with beach trash. If you’re planning a trip to see the show on a Friday afternoon, make sure you leave time to be creative too!