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New Press for Environmental Installations

New Press for Environmental Installations! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture
By: CATHY KELLY – Register Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ – Bizarre and beautiful plants, bulleting hummingbirds and more often inspire visitors to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. And now, through Nov. 17, a large-scale art exhibit on the picturesque hillside takes that inspiration to some intriguing places.

“Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations” is the arboretum’s third such art undertaking, curated by Santa Cruz artist and sculptor Susana Arias. The art varies widely, in size and style, with pieces dispersed throughout the spacious New Zealand and South African gardens. READ MORE…

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Construct and Deconstruct

I started this piece weeks ago and it was paining me to finish it because of its detailed nature, but yesterday I sat down to finally try to finish it out. I realized that I had built it all wrong and that was part of the problem in working on it, so I took the entire thing apart, saving all the pieces except the central form that all the wires attach to. It felt really good to take it apart and start over. Sometimes, you learn as you go and it’s never to late to restart with more knowledge about the process.  For all of you that have come to my studio and loved this work in progress, don’t worry, this piece will eventually come to fruition.

Construct and Deconstruct | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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Fall Clay Class Schedule is Up!

Wanna get your hands dirty this fall?

Fall Clay Class Schedule is Up! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Join us at the studio with clay classes for kids, teens & adults!

Private Classes:
Private and semi-private classes are available at Earth Art Studio for the serious artist who just wants to be creative. Open to ages 7 and up, family and friend groups of all experience levels are welcome. We are an Ocean Grove vendor for home-school students.

Adult Clay Classes:
Create with Clay classes are NOT just for kids! You’ll have the opportunity to build your own creative ideas with the guidance of instructor Jenni Ward or challenge yourself with assigned projects. You’ll learn hand-building techniques, how to throw on the wheel and have the opportunity to create work finished with a variety of low-fire or medium-fire glazes. Join us for adult clay classes at the studio, no experience is needed and all levels of creativity are welcome!

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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!

For More Info About the Church Street Fair….

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New Bone Series Coming Together!

Here’s a little update on my new compositions of Bone Series that are now framed out versions of the wall installations I’ve done in the past. For those of you that have expressed your love for these Bone Series installations, I hope that these new framed pieces will now be able to find a measurable spot on your walls. I had frames fabricated in 2′ x 4′ rectangles and 2.5′ x 2.5′ squares and I’m loving the way they are both working compositionally. Be sure to come by Open Studios this October to see them in person!

New Bone Series Coming Together! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureAbout the Bone Series:

This series is inspired by the the connections we have with each other, the synapses happening within our own bodies and how we are stitched together from past to present, from inside and out. The Bone Series plays with the contrast of organic and geometric elements that exist within our own bone structures. The shadows in this installation application make the work especially engaging.

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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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