New Work from the Bone Series

I wanted to share some new work that I’ve been finishing up from my Bone Series. There are 8 framed compositions of ceramic discs that were inspired by bone fibrous structures and they are held together with steel cable. The pieces and the cables float just off the wall so they cast really beautiful shadows that really enhance the pieces. The square formats are 2.5′ x 2.5′ and the rectangles are 2′ x 4′. I’m really excited to share these pieces with you all at Open Studios this October!

New Work from the Bone Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Sculpture Slam at the SLOMA opens!

Sculpture Slam Opens at SLOMA | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureI’m so thrilled to have a brand new piece from my Bone Series Installation accepted into the 2017 California Sculpture SLAM at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. The piece was selected out of 195 total entries. The show includes 49 pieces in a variety of works in metal, wood, stone, glass, and fabric by both established and up-and-coming California sculptors.

September 1 – October 29, 2017
Opening reception Friday, September 1, 6–9pm
Awards will be announced at 7pm. Entry is free

On Saturday, September 2 at 12 PM, juror Brigette Micmacker of Sculpturesite Gallery will give an ARTalk and SLAM exhibition tour at the museum. The talk and tour are free and open to the public.

 

For more information about San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and the upcoming SLAM events, visit the museum website here.

New Bone Series Coming Together!

Here’s a little update on my new compositions of Bone Series that are now framed out versions of the wall installations I’ve done in the past. For those of you that have expressed your love for these Bone Series installations, I hope that these new framed pieces will now be able to find a measurable spot on your walls. I had frames fabricated in 2′ x 4′ rectangles and 2.5′ x 2.5′ squares and I’m loving the way they are both working compositionally. Be sure to come by Open Studios this October to see them in person!

New Bone Series Coming Together! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureAbout the Bone Series:

This series is inspired by the the connections we have with each other, the synapses happening within our own bodies and how we are stitched together from past to present, from inside and out. The Bone Series plays with the contrast of organic and geometric elements that exist within our own bone structures. The shadows in this installation application make the work especially engaging.

Save the Date: Sculpture SLAM at SLOMA

Lucky Number 17 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureI will have a brand new piece from my Bone Series included in this biannual exhibition of sculpture at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art- hope you can come see the show!

September 1st – October 29th
Reception and Awards September 1, 6–9 pm
October 6, 6–9 pm, public reception in conjunction with Art After Talk, a citywide gallery walk

California Sculpture SLAM: Juried Exhibition
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad Street | San Luis Obispo CA
www.sloma.org

Art at Annieglass

Art at Annieglass | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Have you been out to the new Craftbar in Watsonville yet?

Work from my Bone Series is still on display at the Annieglass Craftbar. When you’re there, you can make crafts, drink local wine and of course BUY ART!

About The Bone Series:
The Bone Series is a series of work that is focused on the remains of a form. The pieces imply what is left after the flesh is gone, pieces that need to be reassembled to understand what once was. From small wearable pieces to large installations, this series explores all scales of structure.

Check out their Craftbar schedule of events here…

Lucky Number 17!

Lucky Number 17 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureJoin me my at my studio for my 13th year participating in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour! I’ll be lucky number 17 in the catalog and will be showing along with 6 other studio mates in the same building.

Mark your calendars for October 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd, 2017
Studios are open 11 – 5

Earth Art Studio
2523 C Mission St
Santa Cruz

To learn more about the event…

With a little help from my friends…

I’ve been creating site specific installations of my Bone Series for exhibits and in my own studio and they’ve gotten a really positive response from viewers but they are a little hard to imagine in your own space. So I’ve been trying to think up a way to make them easier to place and the other day with A LOT of help from my friends/talented studio neighbors I think I’ve got a prototype in the works. The plan was to create a metal frame with hidden welded loops for connecting the Bone Series webs to and also to hang it on the wall. The hope is that the pieces will still float off the wall, cast beautiful shadows and create a dynamic visual contrast of organic ceramic forms with geometric negative space shapes from the cables.

Here’s the first attempt and while it’s just a prototype and there are still things to tweak, I’m pretty darn happy with the results!

With a little help from my friends... | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Much thanks to Lucia Bruer who welded all the parts together and talked through the plan with me, to Jamie Abbott for the use of his studio, equipment and patient teaching and to Roy Holmberg for his skillful eye on the whole process.

It seriously takes a village to raise an artist. So grateful.

Save the Date: Annieglass Launch Party & Craftbar

Save the Date: Annieglass Launch Party & Craftbar | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

ANNIEGLASS: CRAFTBAR LAUNCH AT FLAGSHIP STORE

MAY 27 | opening 12 – 5 | craft-your-own workshop 2 – 3

exhibition of my bone series for the launch of the the new craftbar at annieglass.

hands-on workshop during the event- click the link to sign up, space is limited!

food trucks. local beer. art. happiness.

learn more…

Throwback Thursday: Bone Series

Ceramics Monthly magazine graciously posted a photo of my work on their Facebook page the other day of one of my In the Field installations from the Bone Series. These pieces were from a few years ago, but it reminded me to take another look back. I love how these pieces truly seem at home on the beach, like the tide has just revealed them to us.Throwback Thursday: Bone Series | the dirt | jenni ward ceramic sculpture

About the Bone Series:
The Bone Series is a new series of work that is focused on the remains of a form. The pieces imply what is left after the flesh is gone. I see them as an abstract interpretation of biological creatures that may have had fleshy fins or other appendages and these bone structures are all that remains. I imagine that these pieces might be discovered in the natural world as the only clues to the past of what this creature might have been. These pieces are comprised of flanges of clay attached at a center point with holes cut and carved into them, ranging in size from 6″x 5″ x 5″ to 15″x 6″x 6″. Each piece is hand-built from high fired stoneware and is original and unique.

Throwback Thursday: Bone Series | the dirt | jenni ward ceramic sculpture

Select pieces from this series are available in the online shop.

Throwback Thursday: Bone Series | the dirt | jenni ward ceramic sculpture

 

Featured Work: Bone Series

Did you know these pieces qualify for FREE SHIPPING?

The Bone Series has manifested itself in many variations, from small wearables to large installations. Pieces from this series have been exhibited In the Field and in gallery settings. But regardless of the environment they are displayed in, The Bone Series explores the remains of a form or a forms underlying structures. In turn, the exploration of decaying forms also discusses renewal or new growth.

Featured Work: Bone Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

These three pieces from this series are unique in that they have wire forms growing around the ceramic ‘bones’. They are reminiscent of aquatic creatures finding protection in a rock or coral allowing for new life to thrive in these structures.

250. each | free shipping available until February 28th

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