Anyone recognize that art?

Pretty cool right? I’m humbled and excited that my work was chosen for the cover of the Open Studios catalog this year. What a way to celebrate my 18th and last year participating!

This photo is actually from a few years ago but I’ve continued work on the Umbel Series and will have some Umbels available for sale at Open Studios. See y’all in October!

OCT 14, 15, 21, 22 | 10 – 5



mark your calendars!


OCTOBER 14, 15, 21 & 22 | 11am – 5pm




Please join me for my 18th and LAST year of participating in the Santa Cruz Open Studios Art Tour! The studio is going to be packed with art; new and old, big and small, so come find a treasure for your home or garden. Looking forward to seeing y’all in a few months!

photo: Crystal Birns

Sculpture IS: 2023 Opens!

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2023, marks our seventeenth sculpture exhibit in partnership with Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens in Watsonville, CA. Curators Susana Arias, Hedwig Heerschop, and Jeff Rosendale selected over ninety sculptures created by forty-nine artists and collaborators. Visit the stunning two-acre demonstration garden, relax under the umbrellas, and spend an afternoon enjoying the exhibit.

June 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens | Watsonville CA

online exhibit illuminating the beauty of science

An image from my installation ‘Plankton Bloom in McMurdo Sound’ was just included in the online exhibition Illuminating the Beauty of Science by Suboart Magazine.

Science and art have always been closely tied, as the purpose of both is to understand the world around us and create within it. With advancements in both research and technologies happening at an increasingly rapid pace, how does this change the approach to making art through a scientific lens? This online exhibition showcases works that highlight the intersections between science, technology and art in many different ways.

From May 6 – 26, 2023, you can virtually tour the exhibit here or flip through the catalog here.

rail trail project updates

Local Sculptor Jenni Ward to install Feast of Flowers along Rail Trail | press | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I made the Santa Cruz City manager’s weekly newsletter this week with my Umbel project for the rail trail! Wahoo!

I am slowly getting closer and closer to actually starting this project, all the contracts are signed, all the forms are filled out and the invoices have been submitted. I’m now only a few weeks away from having the engineering specs and the initial check in hand. Until then, I’m just working on my detailed materials lists, tweaking the timeline of events and hoping things generally go according to plan- fingers crossed!

Getting very excited to start building these babies!

Read the article here…

And the show must come down

After a successful 10 week run, this past Sunday we deinstalled Bodies of Water. Hours and hours of installation was deinstalled and packed up in just a few hours- always amazing to see how fast it all comes down. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see the show and especially to those that purchased pieces!

If you missed the show, please be sure to check out images of it here. Work from this show can still be purchased in the online shop.

Final Week for Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water | Installations | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

This is it! The show ends Dec 3rd!

This Art + Science based exhibit will sadly conclude this coming Saturday but there is still time to check it out! Best times to be up on the hill and get parking are Thursday evenings or Saturdays. Thank you to everyone who has made it up to see the show!

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery | University of California Santa Cruz

September 20 – December 3, 2022

Gallery Hours: 12 – 5 Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat & 1:30 – 7 Thurs

A parking pass can be acquired from the kiosk at the Bay St. campus entrance or you can use the Parkmobile app.  Click here for a map.

To purchase work from this exhibit: SHOP HERE

NEW DATE! A Closer Look at Our Oceans

A Closer Look At Our Oceans | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture


You can visit the exhibit Bodies of Water while checking out amazing photographs of real plankton by photographer Steve Mandel AND live samples from the Monterey Bay with USCS Ocean Sciences professor Raphe Kudela. I’m really excited about this evening and I look forward to seeing you all there!



Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery | UCSC | Santa Cruz

click here for a map

ArtAxis Fundraising Sale

Over 100 works donated by over 75 artists are now available on the Artaxis web shop and all sales support their mission, one of my Medusas is available too! The sale launches Tuesday November 15th at 11am (PST).

Artaxis is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that is guided by a simple principle – artists supporting artists. Featuring nearly 1000 artists from over 50 countries and all 50 States in the US, Artaxis engages the ceramics community through promotional, educational, and networking programs while celebrating diverse artistic practices and being a resource of aesthetic values.


Art Fridays at the Gallery

Need a moment in the week to just zone out and make a little art?

Art Fridays happen every Friday at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery from 12-5 and they are open to anyone who wants to just stop in and be creative. I was invited to attend last week and we used polymer clay to create ocean inspired creatures which could then be painted with some acrylics.

It was so sweet to watch obviously really busy students, just stop and play with clay for a few minutes before continuing on with their day. During my exhibition, all the Art Friday projects are ocean related, from seashell and wire jewelry to mosaics with beach trash. If you’re planning a trip to see the show on a Friday afternoon, make sure you leave time to be creative too!