when you buy art

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | when you buy artWhen you buy a piece of art from me, whether it’s from the online shop or direct from the studio I always try to sneak in a thank you postcard with my favorite quote I found by artist Rebekah Joy Plett about what you are really buying when you buy art from an independent artist. You can buy a print of this quote from her Etsy store. Enjoy!

When you buy from an independent artist you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, the dog. You aren’t just buying a thing. You are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone’s life. Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all of the above worth the fear and the doubt; something that puts the life into the living.  –Rebekah Joy Plett

Thank you for supporting independent artists!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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My Art, Your Space: Arias-Kolb 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 Arias-Kolb Family:
Jenni, here are a couple of images of the sculpture of yours that I have on our wall. They are spectacular. Love your work. Great art appears effortless, but it makes you look at it again and again to understand what you see in it. Your work does that. 
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Residential Installations

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | installations | residential

 

I’ve just added a new page to my website to document some of the residential installations that I’ve done. Click the link to check out the work: Residential Installations, and more will be added soon, so check back often!

If you have my work in your home that you would like to share, please email me photos.

 

 

 

 

Art in a Box Subscription

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | Art In a BoxHow about a unique piece of art landing in your mailbox every month? Ever join a wine of the month club? This is sort of the same thing, except that you get a piece of amazing art from a California artist every month and I’m one of the artists you can get art from!

Operating on the model of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or wine subscription service, Art in a Box offers amazing original works of art instead of vegetables or wine. The ART IN A BOX subscription service runs out of The Compound Gallery in Oakland CA , you can click the link for details and how to sign up. Lena & Matt Reynoso are the husband and wife team behind this endeavor and all of the amazing projects they have going on at the gallery. If you’re a Bay Area local, be sure to check them out for art openings and events- they will not disappoint! They pride themselves on their excellent reputation, attentive customer service, and high quality of collectible artwork by cutting edge artists. I’m so proud to be included in this group of artists!

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My Art, Your Space: Henderson 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 Henderson Family:
The piece I have outside was a gift to my husband and he placed it right at the base of our front steps.  Every time I pull up to my house it is the first thing I see when I head toward the front door.  Even though it has lived in that spot for almost two years, it never ceases to surprise me which always makes me happy.

The three pods were also a gift to my hubs — one for each child we have together. They rest in a favorite antique bowl with some dried poppy seed pods from our garden.  I love the the combination of these organic shapes. People are drawn to them.

The bone piece, under the cloche, also draws a lot of interest.  It sits in moss gathered from our property and there are stones around it too, that have tiny fossils I collected at the beach. For me, it is a shape that represents the past & feels particularly personal.

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If you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me!