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!

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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.”

Spring Studio Sale 2015

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | events | spring studio sale 2015

 

 

Every year Jenni Ward and Earth Art Studio host a Spring Studio Sale the weekend before Mother’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to visit the studio, meet the artists, tour the sculpture garden, sign up for summer classes and of course BUY ART! New work by owner & artist Jenni Ward will be shown as well as student work will be for sale. Yummy snacks, drinks and raffles for a chance to win art will be waiting for you!

Join Us
May 2nd 2015, 11 – 4
767 Cathedral Dr | one mile from the Aptos PO
Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

NCECA 2015

Going to NCECA for the first time, I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s a big event, over 5,000 clay people attend and the hosting city has satellite exhibitions in conjunction with the activities going on at the convention itself, so its a little overwhelming to think about seeing everything. What I learned was that I could make it my own experience, I could choose to listen to lectures and watch demos all day (which I did on a rainy day) or walk the city and hit as many exhibitions as my brain could handle which I did too. And then when I thought I couldn’t handle anymore creative stimulation, I went to exhibition openings happening in the evenings at various gallery spaces too. It was all good stuff, all creative and inspiring and I would definitely go again. The images below range from the competitive K-12 students exhibition, to site specific sculptures at the Botanical Gardens, to the NCECA Biennial exhibit on the Brown University campus to the graduate student exhibit on the RISD Campus- a wide range of styles, techniques and aesthetics, hope you enjoy!

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experiencing technical difficulties….

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt
Well, I was so excited to share pics of all the art I was experiencing at NCECA 2015 in Providence live, but of course that is the same time that my website was hacked and taken down.

Yeah, so that happened. :/

BUT, thanks to the amazing talents of Priscilla Cinque of Zaptuba, my site was back up and fully functional in a matter of a few days.  And despite having to deal with all of that, the conference was great, I reconnected with past professors, fellow students, met new people, caught up with my college roommate and even got to experience some east coast winter snow. Now that I’m back in sunny California and my website is all fixed, I can share all of the amazing art of NCECA, Wahoo!