And the show must come down…

Instead of adventures into the wilderness this weekend, we are headed north to Oregon to take down my exhibit ‘where art & nature meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art. After a year of planning, months of building and weeks of showing; it has finally come time for the days of de-installing.

where art & nature meet exhibit | installations | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I loved having the opportunity to use this beautiful gallery space to showcase my installations and the ‘in the field’ photographs of them. The response from the viewers who got to see it in person was so positive, I’m over flowing with gratitude from your comments and compliments. For those of you that weren’t able to see it in person, please check out the video here and let me know what you think!

Thank you to everyone at the museum for inviting me into your space with open arms!

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New work installed at Sierra Azul!

It’s that time of year again for the annual Sculpture IS: exhibit at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville, it’s truly one of my favorite annual venues for showcasing sculpture. This year I went big, I collaborated with my husband Nate for the first time and I revisited/reinvented older work (read more about the process here), hope you like the results!

New work Installed at Sierra Azul | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

No watering required for these drought resistant, gigantic Umbel Series flowers! They tower over 10′ tall and I think the turquoise palette of the ceramic pieces will look fabulous in any garden space. Come see them in person at Sierra Azul Gardens June 1st – October 31st along with over 80 sculptures by over 40 artists. Artist reception is June 14th from 5 -7

 

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In the Shop!

Below are just a few links to sculptures that you may have had your eye on for awhile but you just didn’t snag yet, well it’s not too late to add them to your collection! Check out what’s available in the online shop!

Don’t have room for more art in your home but still want to support your local artists? Choose your price and donate to my Icelandic residency coming up this September. I have a goal of raising $2500. to help offset the costs of making this residency a reality. Special surprise gifts will be sent out to all who DONATE!

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Umbel Flowers for your Garden

Rock Candy on Driftwood (ONLY 4 left!)

Wall mounted Specimen Series (ONLY 4 left!)

and lots more…

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It takes a village to raise an artist…

If you missed the big news in my last monthly email blast, I’ve been accepted to participate in a one month artist-in-residence program in remote eastern Iceland at the Fish Factory –  I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Iceland is a nature lovers paradise – the northern lights, fjords, icebergs, waterfalls – I think I will be over the top inspired by the forces of nature there! Besides being inspired to make new work and having unlimited time to experiment with materials, I’m excited to connect with artists working in a variety of disciplines from all over the world. But…

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In order to make this dream happen, I’m asking for help to offset the costs of getting and staying there. Purchasing artwork or contributing through my donate button in the online shop or both would help me get one step closer to Iceland this September! It takes a village to raise and artist and I’m so grateful for all of the support so I’ll be sending out special surprise thank you gifts to everyone who donates.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT ARTISTS!

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New Video: where art & nature meet exhibit

If you weren’t able to see this show in person, here’s a few of my favorite images from my solo exhibit at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Grants Pass Oregon. The exhibit showcases seven installations from the Nest, Umbel, Relic, Lichen, Rock Candy, Bone & Hive Series. The works are all inspired by structures and patterns found in nature. These ideas are explored in abstract ceramic forms that are composed in a way that is deeply rooted to a sense of place. All of the installations are accompanied by photos of the works placed out in nature where they were first inspired by.

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back in business…

After a week in Oregon installing and opening my exhibit at the Grants Pass Museum of Art immediately followed by a month trekking through Bhutan, Sikkim & Nepal… I’m finally back in the studio, albeit jet lagged but I’m back! And there are a few things on the radar for the coming months I wanted to remind you about…

I’ve had three pieces accepted into the annual Sculpture IS: 2018 exhibit at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville. I’m excited about these pieces because they are larger than any work I’ve done in the past and the first time that I collaborated with my husband Nate on a piece. He’s welded together three umbel structure forms from steel rod that are about 3′ in diameter and I will be attaching clay forms onto the ends of to make gigantic umbel flowers. The flower heads will be placed on steel pipe stems and planted in the garden towering around 8′ high. Be sure to check them out when the show opens June 1st!

back in business | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

The exhibit ‘where art & nature meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art will be up until May 25th, if you’re in the area, please check the show. If you can’t see it in person, I’ll be posting images from the exhibit on my website shortly (the image above is a detail of my Lichen Series Installation). All of the unsold work will deinstalled over Memorial Day weekend and be returned to the studio at the close of the exhibit. So if you’re interested in purchasing any of the work that was a part of the show, let me know.

Lastly, I will be at Buffalo Creek Art Center near Gardnerville, Nevada for a month long artist residency for all of June. I will keep you posted on the work I make while there but my primary focus will be on using the time to create work and experiment with new ideas in an uninterrupted space. I’m so looking forward to this opportunity!

So, yeah, it’s official, I’m back in business!

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New Press: Grants Pass Daily Courier

So grateful to receive this article in the Grants Pass Daily Courier from reporter Edith Decker about my exhibit ‘Where Art & Nature Meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon. The exhibit is up until May 25th, if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

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Video: Inspiration through Exploration: Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal

In the midst of having my solo show in Grants Pass Oregon and getting ready for two upcoming residencies, I snuck in a month long adventure to Bhutan, Sikkim India and Nepal. Have you noticed that I like my schedule completely overwhelmed!?!

While it may be overwhelming to my schedule, I believe that my time exploring the world outside of my studio is equally important to the development of my art work inside the studio. Engaging in Art, Nature & Travel are my three favorite ways to spend my time and they all connect together to inspire my work. This video shares just a few images from each country, and I hope that you find inspiration to travel, explore and connect with cultures different than your own. It will be interesting to see how these experiences find their way into my sculptures and installations in the future. Enjoy!

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Studio Closed

Studio Closed | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Just a reminder that the studio is closed until May 7th!

Any online shop orders placed before then will ship out when we reopen.

I will have limited access to wifi, but promise to get back to you as soon as possible!

Thanks!

-j

 

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