Artist Meet and Greet – Tonight at JCO’S Art Haus!

Artist Meet and Greet - Tonight at JCO'S Art Haus! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureTHE VERY VERY RARE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR




Only $1000 Left to Go!

Thanks to all of your generosity, I only need to raise $1000 more to make my residency in Iceland a reality! Who wants to help me with the final countdown?? This funding will help cover my residency fees, travel expenses and materials during my month long residency, want to find out how you can help, click for more info…

Surprise gifts will be sent out upon my return to all who contribute!! BE A PATRON

Only $1000 Left to Go! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


Clay Classes at the Studio Wrap Up

Clay Classes at the Studio Wrap Up | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

A big grateful thank you to all of my students who participated in the fall session of clay classes at the studio! You continue to inspire me with your creativity every day!

As we head into chilly winter days in the studio, clay classes will be on hiatus until further notice…

For those of you that are interested in joining in on a future clay class, please add yourself to the mailing list so that you’ll be the first to know when the schedule is set.


It’s National Clay Week!

It's National Clay Week! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureIt’s National Clay Week!


National Clay Week Open Studio (NCWOS) is a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. Join us on the weekend of October 13 – 15, 2017 for a celebration of clay in all 50 states! Studios all over the country will open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions.


Check the map for ceramic studios open in your neighborhood!



Clay Classes Are Starting Soon!

Now’s the time to put clay class on your schedule for the Fall!Clay Classes Are Starting Soon! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults are available at the studio for a 9 week session this fall which starts next week. Join in on all or part of the session and be creative with clay! Home-school groups are welcome and flexible punch cards are available for adult group classes.


Fall Clay Class Schedule is Up!

Wanna get your hands dirty this fall?

Fall Clay Class Schedule is Up! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Join us at the studio with clay classes for kids, teens & adults!

Private Classes:
Private and semi-private classes are available at Earth Art Studio for the serious artist who just wants to be creative. Open to ages 7 and up, family and friend groups of all experience levels are welcome. We are an Ocean Grove vendor for home-school students.

Adult Clay Classes:
Create with Clay classes are NOT just for kids! You’ll have the opportunity to build your own creative ideas with the guidance of instructor Jenni Ward or challenge yourself with assigned projects. You’ll learn hand-building techniques, how to throw on the wheel and have the opportunity to create work finished with a variety of low-fire or medium-fire glazes. Join us for adult clay classes at the studio, no experience is needed and all levels of creativity are welcome!

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Catching Up with Multiple Works in Progress

Sometimes I feel like I’m a juggler trying to work on a million things at once and keeping them all up in the air and moving forward at the same time. Right now I have 3 sculpture projects in process on top of maintaining my Art Heart supply, summer classes are happening and the constant buzz of promoting existing and upcoming events is making the studio feel a little busy right now. So just to keep y’all in the loop of things, my plan is to launch these new pieces for Open Studios in October but here’s a little catch up on what I’ve got going on…

Catching Up with Multiple Works in Progress | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


Bone Series:

I’ve had steel frames fabricated to build webs of my Bone Series in them, so they will be similar to the installations I have up in the studio but easier for you to take home and hang up. I’m currently painting the frames with a satin matte black paint and then will begin assembling the bone pieces to the frames. There are five 2′ x 4′ frames and three 2.5′ x 2.5′ frames, this photo was the prototype. I think they are going to look pretty dynamic once they are all up on the walls, so stay tuned to see the final results…




Catching Up with Multiple Works in Progress | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureLichen Series:

I’ve had three beautiful live edge walnut slabs in my studio for about 6 months now and I knew that I was going to attach ceramic pieces from the Lichen Series to them and I thought that I was going to attach the wood to the wall. But I had an epiphany one day in the studio and decided that they should be free standing like the trees they are (or were), so I’m getting some steel bases fabricated to bolt them to so that they can stand. Then I’ll start attaching the ceramic pieces and finish them up by oiling the wood to make the grain glow. The other bonus of having them freestanding is that I can now use both sides of the wood to attach to. Excited to see these come to life but in the meantime, I’m making, firing and glazing all the small lichen parts that will get attached. The pile of them is growing slowly…



Catching Up with Multiple Works in Progress | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


Umbel Series:

I’m sure that you’ve seen images of all of my yellow mustard flower inspired Umbels at the UCSC Arboretum but that installation has spurred another umbel sculpture. This one is the most tedious thing I’ve created in awhile and I’m not even sure if it will survive the kiln firing. I’m slowly working away at making a seeding dandelion with clay and high temperature wire. I’m thinking that if it survives it will be glazed monochromatic in either black or white, not exactly sure yet.

And by the way, if you haven’t seen my Umbel Series installation at the Arboretum, it’s up until Nov 17th and the flowers are available for pre-sale in the shop. Get yours before they’re all gone.


And if you can’t wait until all these amazing things actually happen, there’s a ton of work available in the online shop or you’re always welcome to visit me at the studio so you can see the work in person. Ok, I think you’re all caught up- now back to work for me!


Save the Date: Church Street Fair

Save the Date: Church Street Fair | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


I will be showcasing some of my smaller sculptures and Art Hearts this year at the annual Cabrillo Music Festival’s Church Street Fair. Look for the artists under the blue umbrellas and enjoy the music!

Cabrillo Music Festival | Church Street Fair

Downtown Santa Cruz

August 5 & 6th | 11am – 8pm