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Flowers for Sale!

Umbel Series | shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureTHANK YOU to everyone who came out to the opening of Environmental Installations at the UCSC Arboretum this past Saturday- it was really so fantastic to see the whole exhibit come together and to chat with everyone. I loved seeing patrons walk the path of my Umbel Series Installation. If you haven’t been to the exhibit yet, be sure to get out there, this show is up until November 17th.

If you would like some Umbel Flowers for your own garden, they are available for pre-sale in the online shop! You can order as many as you would like and you will be invited to the Arboretum towards the end of the exhibit for a ‘picking day’ where you can choose the umbel flowers you love and transplant them into your own garden. The picking day will be just before the holiday season starts so you can get flowers for yourself or others!


Umbels are only $65 each and every flower is handmade and unique.

Be sure to add a steel stem (no additional cost) to your shopping cart as well when ordering and to choose ‘local pick up’ to avoid shipping charges. If you are out of the area, you can still order flowers with or without the steel stem and they will be shipped to you after the exhibit closes.


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Annieglass interview with Jenni Ward

If you missed it on the Annieglass blog…

Save the Date: Annieglass Launch Party & Craftbar | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

APRIL 2017

Jenni Ward is a California-based ceramic sculptor who creates abstract pieces and installations inspired by nature. Her mission is to share the beauty she sees in the natural world through her art. Jenni is the owner of Earth Art Studio; an art studio offering community clay classes to children, teens, and adults since 2005. She has shown her work at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the de Saisset Museum and at the annual exhibition of the NCECA conference. She has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramic Now magazine. Annie sat down with Jenni for a get-to-know you interview as follows… read more

Join me for a workshop at Annieglass on Saturday May 27th for the launch of the Craftbar!

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New Work Up!

Umbel Series | Installations | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

If you can’t make it out to see these installations in person, well, that’s just sad.

But the good news is that you can check them out on my website!

Click the links below to learn more about my two newest installations at the UCSC Arboretum for the Environmental Installations exhibit curated by Susana Arias.

Umbel Series Installation

Tree Pools Installation

Environmental Installations | May 20 – Nov 17 | Opening May 20, 3 – 6pm

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Sneak Peek: Umbel Series (almost) Installed!

This one has been a long time in the works and you’ve seen the process evolve from sketches to prototypes to unloading the final pieces from the glaze kiln. Now it’s time to get these Umbels planted into the garden at the Arboretum.

I took up a batch of 90 stems and flowers (less than half of the total to be installed) to start arranging them. This is the exciting part about doing an installation, you really don’t know if or exactly how it’s going to all come together until it has to.

I played with hammering the stems into the soil in a variety of placements to see how they looked and I wasn’t really happy with any of the compositions, so I sat down in the grass to think about it. And as I sat, I was looking at the trail I had created by walking through the grasses unloading the work, which led from one established path in the arboretum to the other and I realized the formation I wanted these pieces to follow. They are lined up in rows that stretch over 40′ and I think the stripe of mustard yellow through the meadow will make a big impact on the garden space. I love how adding a geometric structure to their arrangement helps balance out the organic forms of the individual pieces. Today, I’ll be bringing the rest of the Umbels up to the arboretum to install, hope you can come see this piece in person!

Sneak Peek: Umbel Series (almost) Installed! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Join me for the opening of this fantastic exhibition at the UCSC Arboretum, May 20th from 3- 6. The exhibit will be up until November 27th. Pieces from this series will be made available in the online shop and then there will be a ‘picking day’ where you can pick your umbel flowers and transplant them into your own gardens.

Environmental Installations | Art in the Arboretum | curated by Susana Arias

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On to the next event!

Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureThanks to everyone who came out to support the arts last weekend for our Spring Studio Sale! We had a great time, showing art, eating tacos and enjoying the music with you! Now, on to the next art event…

Join me for the opening of Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

Exhibit runs May 20th – Nov 27th
Opening May 20th from 3 – 6
($5 admission fee to the arboretum for non-members)

I have two installations as a part of this exhibit, the Umbel Series which was inspired by the tale of California explorers using mustard flower seeds to mark trails from mission to mission and Tree Pools, seed pod inspired ceramic forms nestled into the earth around the base of trees, echo the ripples of a stone thrown into water.

Hope to see you in the gardens!

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MAY 6th & 7th
11 Art Studios Open | 1 – 6 | Saturday & Sunday

Food Trucks A Go Go with G’s mexican tacos & Live music by The Dooners | 5 – 7 | Saturday

Movies & Marshmallows around the Campfire | 7 – 9 | Saturday

On the weekend of May 6th & 7th, 11 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 McNeill, Stacey Pollard, Susan Wagner & Jenni Ward. The artists range in medium from painting, to glass, to metal, wood and clay, offering something for everyone’s artistic taste.

Highlights planned for the event include a clay seed bomb making activity at Jenni Ward’s earth art studio; Kirk Mc Neill’s large scale sculpture the Sharky-Go-Round will be on display; and Work. shop. – a mobile gallery inhabiting a vintage trailer, will pull up to share art during and day and offer a campfire with marshmallows into the evening.

We know you have a lot of choices in your art events this weekend and we hope to see you at the Mission Industrial!

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Save the Date: Annieglass Launch Party & Craftbar

Save the Date: Annieglass Launch Party & Craftbar | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


MAY 27 | opening 12 – 5 | craft-your-own workshop 2 – 3

exhibition of my bone series for the launch of the the new craftbar at annieglass.

hands-on workshop during the event- click the link to sign up, space is limited!

food trucks. local beer. art. happiness.

learn more…

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