Tower of London Poppy Installation

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Tower of London poppy installationFor a while, images of the Tower of London covered in red poppies swarmed the internet and social media, the installation was impressive from any standpoint. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, included 888,246 ceramic poppies pouring out of a window in the Tower of London and progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat, each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war. You can see images and learn more about this installation here…

When the installation was taken down, all of the poppy flowers were sold and the money raised was divided among charities. One of my amazing clay students was able to buy a few of the poppies before they were all sold and I was so lucky to receive one from her as a gift! How cool is that??

The packaging and documentation that came along with the flower was impressive as well. I just love this installation and I’m so excited to have a little bit of it at my studio now!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Tower of London poppy installation

Rock Candy River Installation

Today, with the help of my artist friend Susana Arias and the staff at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, I installed my Rock Candy River sculpture. I’ve spent at least two days a week at the climbing gym for years now, and its a place where I’ve found friendships, challenges and trust. I’m so excited to share this new installation Rock Candy River with the community of climbers who use this space. The installation is inspired by the flow of water and how it shapes the land. The hard angled shapes juxtapose the curvy flow of the form to create a dynamic visual engagement. And yes, it’s also inspired by my time grabbing colorful holds at Pacific Edge too!  More pics to come soon….Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | rock candy river installation

Photo shoot day

I got the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite homes in Santa Cruz in order to shoot some work that has lived there for quite a few years now. Its modern, earthy, cozy, minimalist and filled with art… I could move in tomorrow!  Enjoy some pics from the photo shoot in my Residential Installations portfolio…

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | photo shoot day

My Art, Your Space: Goldstein Family

I asked for you to send me photos of my art in your space, thanks to all of you that did! I’ll slowly be sharing them as posts in The Dirt. I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece. Thanks for sharing!

Here’s this weeks share from the Goldstein Family:
Jenni’s forms are very happy in our living room. They look like they were created just for our space.

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | My Art, Your Space: Goldstein Family

Mulberry Gallery

Mulberry Gallery in the heart of Aptos Village is an art frame company and gallery dedicated to the inspiration of art lovers, collectors and home owners. Run by husband and wife team Del & Barbara Crawford, the pair has provided clients from all over the bay area family portraits, framing services and art work while also supporting the arts in Aptos. In November of 2014 the gallery hosted the Aptos Artwalk, which was the first of many future events intended to bond Aptos Village in its love of food, art, wine and culture. I’m so excited to announce that they have chosen to host my work in their gallery space. Please take the time to cross the parking lot when you’re getting your Starbucks or waiting for a table at Cafe Sparrow and drop into the gallery. Del & Barbara will be happy to welcome you into their space and help you find the perfect piece for your collection.

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Mulberry Gallery

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Mulberry Gallery

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Mulberry Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

summer workshop schedule is up!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | classes

 

Its that time of year again! You can now sign up for our very popular summer sculpting workshops for kids and reserve your spot! Click here to see the schedule…

Earth Art Studio offers small class sizes for our student artists.  We focus on process vs product, honing skills and experiencing the world of art and artists through a variety of media. You can expect to take home 6-8 projects in materials such as clay, paper mache, wire, mixed media and more! And kids can participate in our annual end of summer art show!

See ya at the studio…

 

 

Emerging Inspiration

At this year’s NCECA event, Roberto Lugo was chosen as one of the events honored emerging artists. I missed his presentation live, but there was such a buzz going around social media afterwards that I had to check it out. When a link was posted on the NCECA blog, it did not disappoint, check it out for yourself…

Roberto Lugo describes himself as a “potter, activist, culture-maker, rapper, poet and educator.”