Taking Some Time…

Last week was the first time since I started posting that I hadn’t posted anything to The Dirt for a whole seven days. A week slipped by so quickly in the process of finishing classes, catching up with long lost friends, preparing for travels, upcoming shows and celebrating with family. I haven’t forgotten about you, I’ve just switched gears as I spend time with family and friends while the studio is closed for a few months.

I will be in touch with upcoming projects, events and inspiration from my travels and I look forward to sharing with you!

Making art and wearing it too

jenni ward ceramic sculpture | bone seriesI wear my bone series necklace all the time, so much so that I often forget its there but I am stopped by people regularly asking me about it. They want to know what its made of, where did I find it, did I make it? Since I’ve been exhibiting much larger works from this same series lately, I’ve been going to openings wearing my ‘matching’ necklace and its become a sort of name tag for pairing me up with my art work, which has been a fun way of starting conversations with art show patrons. There were only 10 of these unique necklaces made and there are only two of these left in the SHOP and there are no plans for more to be added. So if you want to get your unique wearable art, grab one today!

County Fair Fine Art Show

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | County Fair Fine Art ShowEvery year Earth Art Studio summer workshop students participate in an end of summer art exhibit. In past years we’ve shown work at local coffee shops, local libraries and last year we displayed our work in the Fine Art building at the county fair. Students received ribbons for participating and we had a number of students who placed with 1st, 2nd & 3rd place ribbons in the ceramics and sculpture categories- so exciting! So, we are doing that again this year, all the work is packed and labeled for delivery to the fair. The Santa Cruz County Fair is open September 16 – 20 so while you’re chowing down on your corn dog and taking a break from the carnival rides, make sure to swing through the Fine Arts building and check out all the creative talent our county has to offer.  See you at the fair!



Relics of the Tide Opening

Relics of the Tide opened on Saturday evening at The Compound Gallery in Oakland and debuted pieces from The Bone Series that had yet to be shown outside the studio. This show was in The Fabrefaction Gallery while the main gallery exhibited 3-D printed artwork from a selection of artists. The exhibit is up until Sept 6th so be sure to stop by and BUY ART! Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening!

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Installing Relics of the Tide today!

I got up really, really early today to make my way up to The Compound Gallery in Oakland and install my Bone Series pieces for the Relics of the Tide exhibit. I’ve got a few hours to get everything up and looking amazing before I have to buzz back to Santa Cruz to teach class this afternoon. Whew, its a crazy day, but it all seems to be coming together. Hope to see you at the opening Saturday June 18th from 6-9 pm!

Nate’s Crates

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A while back I wrote a post about what happens when you marry an artist. Well, here’s just one more example of how I just couldn’t do what I do without my talented husband Nate’s help. I’m shipping pieces freight for the first time to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan and its been a learning experience for the both of us. This weekend Nate built me a sturdy wooden crate that all of my pieces will (hopefully) stay safe and sound in as they make their way across the country. I believe he has the potential to start a new business here, Nate’s Crates Inc. …not sure if he agrees!




Last Summer Sculpting Workshop for Kids!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | last summer sculpting workshop for kids


Today we wrap up a summer of cr8iv sculpting for kids at the studio. This class will be making clay totems, a felt sewing project with Matisse inspired designs, plaster cast creatures and a few mini projects too. Thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun and made this a super cr8iv summer!


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Going for a Swim

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | going for a swimTeaser Alert! 

This selection of new Bone Series pieces are off to New Jersey to go for a swim! This fall, I’ll be visiting family and friends for a few weeks on the east coast and (fingers crossed) if everyone stays healthy and the weather is good, we’ll be taking these guys diving into the Atlantic. My friend and underwater photographer Herb Segars will be documenting it all, along with my mom & husband helping underwater and our trusty deck crew helping out on top. With calm seas, a healthy crew and lots of help, we will hopefully be able to place these guys on the bottom with beautiful results. I’m hoping document the whole process with GoPros, and will share the results with you all soon!