Good Life Ceramics

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | blogWelcome Good Life Ceramics!

A new ceramic studio and gallery has just arrived in Santa Cruz and its looking beautiful! The studio will cater to professionals and beginners alike as well as showcasing some of the most talented ceramic artists in the area (I’m so lucky to be included among them!) in the Slip Away Gallery. Pieces from my Nest Series are currently on display in the gallery. The best surprise after setting up the work was the amazing shadows they cast on the wall of the gallery. I’m honored to be showing my work alongside Liz Crain, Gail Ritchie, Sylvia Rios, Yumiko Aso, Sam Clarkson, Karen Hansen, Elaine Pinkernell and more to come. Come by, visit the gallery and add some new art to your collection.



Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | blogOwner John Albrecht along with Jasper Marino and Tom Watson hope “To enlighten and nurture the creative confidence inherent in all” with this new creative space. Join them in celebrating creativity by visiting  the studio at:

Good Life Ceramics
3717 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-515-7560, or Facebook

Ira Glass on the Creative Process…

Sometimes, you need some inspiration to keep you going….thank you Ira Glass!

Artist at work…


Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | blogOwning your own business as an artist can be a tricky balance between doing what you love and working to keep the business of what you love going. The other day, I had planned to get a little office work done and then spend the rest of the day in the studio. I knew that I had a kiln to unload, which meant lots of glazing to be done and then even maybe a reload of that work too- a busy studio day by any measure. But there is nothing like a flashing error code on the screen of your electric kiln as soon as you walk into the studio to reject the idea of making any progress at “working” today- one peek inside the kiln confirms that. A disaster of electrical proportions. Multiple trips to the ceramic supply store and many hours spent trying to channel my inner electrician, I’ve solved all the problems; cue sunset. I thought I got nothing done that day, but in retrospect, sometimes I make art, sometimes I mop floors and sometimes I fix kilns…artist at work.


rock candy | work in progress

This is the first batch of ‘rock candy’ coming out of the kiln, they are simple, bright and irresistible to pick up and touch. These rocks have more color than I have used on my work in a loooong time, but I just can’t stop making them. Eventually, I plan to have around 100 pieces in a variety of sizes. All are designed to be wall mounted and installed to create a rock candy river. I’m also thinking about doing an In The Field installation with these pieces this summer. Not sure where they will end up yet, but if you’re interested or know of a great space for them, drop me an email. I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I do!

Welcome to my new blog!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | in the field | hive seriesHello creative friends and art enthusiasts!

Welcome to my new blog, aptly named the dirt.  Here is where I will share “the dirt” on what’s going on in the studio, works in progress, events, upcoming workshops, photos and thoughts about being an artist. In the past I’ve shared a lot of this information on my Facebook page Jenni Ward Art, but I know a lot of you don’t use social media and you still want to keep in touch. Now, if you subscribe to my feed, you’ll get all the latest info right in your inbox and I promise to not overload you- only the good stuff!

I hope you enjoy and please let me know what you think!