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Two-For Art Weekend!

Two-For Art Weekend! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureSometimes it would be really convenient to clone myself and be at multiple art events all at the same time but unfortunately I can only be in one place this weekend. So here’s the line up of art events you can hit… and if you want to see me in person, I’ll be at the studio!

Open Studios Encore Weekend

Bioneers Conference

To learn more about Art at the Bioneers….

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Sculpture IS: 2017 is coming to a close!

Sculpture IS: 2017 is coming to a close! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


If you’ve been planning on getting out to Sierra Azul Gardens to walk among the sculptures included in the 11th annual Sculpture IS: exhibit but you just haven’t made it out there yet, your time is running short! This exhibit closes Oct 31st!

I have two exhibits from my Umbel Series included in this show along with over 90 other amazing sculptures from California artists in all mediums. Check it out!!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Avenue | Watsonville California

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Packing Up for the Bioneers

This Thursday I’ll be heading up to the north bay to install my Hive Series at the Bioneers Conference. This piece might be my most traveled piece of art, it has been installed in Grand Rapids Michigan, Portland Oregon and in multiple shows all over California as well as in the redwood forests and now it is headed to the north San Francisco Bay area. I’m honored to be showing my work alongside a number amazingly talented artists, check it out if you can!Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | in the field | hive series

See this piece in person at the conference October 20 – 22 at the Marin Center in San Rafael CA, tickets available here…

About the Hive Series:
The Hive series is inspired by the natural balance between strength and fragility, curiosity and avoidance, security and vulnerability. These concepts are explored using a geometric configuration of multiple ceramic forms. The combination of these elements create an abstract interpretation of a hive structure both physically and conceptually that creates a dynamic visual for the viewer. This installation is comprised of almost 200 individual diamond shaped forms of clay with holes cut and carved into one half of them.

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It’s National Clay Week!

It's National Clay Week! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureIt’s National Clay Week!


National Clay Week Open Studio (NCWOS) is a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. Join us on the weekend of October 13 – 15, 2017 for a celebration of clay in all 50 states! Studios all over the country will open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions.


Check the map for ceramic studios open in your neighborhood!



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Open Studios 2017 Launch Success!

Monster THANK YOUS to everyone who came out to Open Studios this weekend! YOU ARE THE BEST!

Open Studios 2017 Launch Success! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’m thrilled and exhausted after over 800 patrons came through my studio doors this weekend. So much art found new happy homes and it was wonderful to hear all the comments on my newest work. THANK YOU for supporting independent artists!

I’m also very grateful for all the help I had from my family, it seriously takes a village to raise an artist!

If you missed my studio this weekend or you wanted to go home and think about some new work for your space, I will be open for the Encore Weekend October 21st & 22nd from 11 -5 or you can always contact me to make an appointment to come by the studio.

2523 C Mission St  | Artist #17 in the Open Studios catalog | jw(at)jenniward(dot)com | 831.818.9569

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Video: Open Studios Sneak Peek!

I’ve been getting the studio ready for Open Studios, so here’s a teaser video of what’s in store for you! Can’t wait to see you at the studio this weekend!

October 7, 8, 21  & 22 | 11 – 5 (or by appointment)
2523 C Mission St | Santa Cruz
Artist #17 in the catalog

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Affordable Art Fair at JCO’s Art Haus

Affordable Art Fair at JCO's Art Haus | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


Works from my Lichen Series will be at JCO’s Art Haus for THE VERY VERY RARE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR!

About the Fair:
A curated collection of international, national & local artists at studio prices under one warehouse roof.

For one weekend only:
Thursday, October 12 (5 – 8)
Friday, October 13 (10 – 5)
Saturday, October 14 (10 – 7)
Sunday, October 15 (12 – 5)

Hope to see you at the artist meet & greet Thursday October 12th from 5 – 8! RSVP for the event here…

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Inspiration through Exploration

I’ve been spending nearly every weekend for the past few months out of cell service, in the mountains, clambering over rocks, slipping into swimming holes and enjoying every sunset. It’s been good. Really, really good.

It’s also been inspirational for my work. I truly believe that inspiration comes through exploration- it fuels everything I make. And I realized that I hadn’t created an In the Field installation in a year and it is definitely time to create another. So here are a few of the things that I’ve been looking at on these weekend adventures into the wilderness. Lots of rocks to be sure; rock formations made from humans, made from time, rocks that give life to some creatures and take it from others.


Inspiration through Exploration | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

While I’m still not sure of how these images and this inspiration will translate into a ceramic installation yet, I know that there is something here that intrigues. I’ll keep you posted as new work develops…

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