exciting studio news!

Our exhibition proposal for the next NCECA was accepted! The NCECA (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) conference will be held in Sacramento in March of 2022. If you are unfamiliar with the conference, the 3 day event hosts lectures, panels, demos and exhibitions all related to the field of ceramics. This will be the first time in 2 years that the conference is planned to be in person once again – so exciting to have this happening in our backyard.

Cynthia Siegel, Jenni Ward
Shannon Sullivan, Wesley Wright, Sue Whitmore

NCECA accepts proposals for concurrent exhibits to happen during the conference at neighboring galleries and art spaces and this year I’m thrilled to be co-curating and exhibiting my own work in one of those exhibits. Fellow ceramic artist Cynthia Siegel and I proposed an exhibit entitled, ‘This Is The Anthropocene.’ which aims to discuss the environmental crisis we are currently in through a variety of styles and approaches all using clay as the primary medium. We invited three other artists; Shannon Sullivan, Wesley Wright and Sue Whitmore to join us in exploring this concept. All of our work is so different in style, but will be tied together with the common thread of the status of our environment, I can’t wait to see it all in the same space.

More details about the conference, these artists and this exhibition will be coming as things get closer, so stay tuned!


Will you marry me???

These fun, oversized rings were a collaboration with Lucia Bruer & Franco DiMajo and they have officially landed at Sierra Azul Sculpture Garden for the annual SCULPTURE IS: exhibit. Each ceramic gemstone is set in a steel bezel and mounted to the steel rings designed with shapes that mimic the planes of the gems. Be sure to check out Bling! 1 and Bling! 2 at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville!

Sierra Azul Nursery 2660 East Lake Ave (Hwy 152) Watsonville California 95076 | June 7 – October 31 2021 | Open Daily 10 – 5

For more information: Pajaro Valley Arts

Put Open Studios 2021 on the Calendar!

February Studio News | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been accepted into the 2021 Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour!

It’s been two years since participating in the tour for me and I’m thrilled to welcome you back into my studio again! I’ll have lots of new work to share with you.

Join me October 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th at the Studio

For more information about the Art Tour visit:

The Arts Council of Santa Cruz County

Virtual Tour of Take-Aways Art to Go Exhibit

Tour the Take Aways exhibit virtually HERE!

This exhibit features seventy-six of the county’s most notable artists in Take Aways: Art to Go! The art on view includes a wide variety of mediums including: sculpture, drawing, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, encaustic (wax), printmaking, photography, glasswork, and more. In this wildly popular show everyone benefits; you take home fabulous art the day of your purchase, the artists and PVA get their normal commissions, and new art comes into the gallery every day!


Gallery Hours:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm, by appointment only. https://pvarts.org/appointment/

Max group size: 10 persons, masks and social distance is required.

Grants Pass Museum of Art Fundraiser

bone series: urchins | shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

This piece from the Bone Series | Urchins will be available in the online auction to support the Grants Pass Museum of Art. Join the museum in a night of Blues music, art and storytelling at their Virtual Black, White, and the Blues event.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 6PM (PDT)

This year’s event is a chance for the community to join together to ensure art remains accessible for all. RSVP and learn more here:

Black, White & the Blues Virtual Event

first friday at radius gallery


It’s probably been a very long time since you experienced First Fridays in Santa Cruz, but now you can see my art in person at Radius Gallery this Friday March 5th from 6-9pm. Wear your mask, stay 6′ apart and be prepared to wait your turn to go into the exhibit, but it’s totally worth it! Enjoy!

Radius Gallery is located at the Tannery Arts Center in Studio #127 | 1050 River Street / Santa Cruz, CA / 95060

About the exhibit: 450 Pieces is an exhibition in partnership with Arts Council Santa Cruz, Radius Gallery, R. Blitzer Gallery, and Curated By The Sea. The show features over 450 pieces of original artwork by artist throughout Santa Cruz County. Last year in the height of the pandemic, the Arts Council created a new program called the Visual Arts Network to direct buyers and collectors to artists. Fast forward to today and we three galleries jumped on an opportunity to get the art in-house. 

online exhibit happening soon!

For those of you that have spent a lot of time in your gardens during this past year of pandemic lock downs, this upcoming online only show will give you examples of some great artists who are making art just for your garden! There will be links to their websites and online shops if you see something that’s perfect for your space.

Launching March 1st the ACGA (Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California) will have 26 artists work on display for GARDEN ART: An ACGA Online Exhibition… stay tuned!

450 Pieces Exhibition

Experience the art of the Visual Arts Network in person! Not one but THREE galleries in Santa Cruz are teaming up to host a brand new exhibit showcasing 450 different artworks by the creators on the Visual Arts Network. With over 350 artists on the Network, each gallery is taking on a group of artists by last name.

R. Blitzer Gallery | Artists A-G

Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 1-4pm and by appointment

Curated by the Sea | Artists H-R

Hours: Thursday-Saturday from 12-4 and by appointment

Radius Gallery | Artists S-Z

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm and by appointment

Galleries are strictly adhering to all current County Health Department safety protocols.