Summer Workshops are SOLD OUT but…

There are officially no spots left available in our summer sculpting workshops at Earth Art Studio! But, if you or your kids still need to get your hands messy in some clay this summer, Good Life Ceramics in Santa Cruz has everything you need. They also offer sibling discounts, so sign up today to get some creative studio time in this summer!

Also, be sure to check out their gallery space, I have pieces from my Nest Series on display there alongside a number of other beautiful functional and sculptural clay pieces by local ceramic artists!

Summer Workshops are SOLD OUT but... | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

About Good Life Ceramics:

Good Life Ceramics is a welcoming make-your-own ceramic art studio. Our doors are open to all from seasoned ceramic artists to first-timers. With guided projects for walk-ins, a fully equipped studio for members and the option to reserve the studio for private parties and corporate offsites, individuals are able to experience the beauty of clay.


3717 Portola Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831.515.7560 |

Where can I find your Art?

This is a question I get all the time when I meet new people who want to see my work in person rather than just in the website Shop. I have all my art exhibits listed in the Events page of my site, but I thought I’d put out a post with all the current and near future shows coming up. Hope that if you are local to these events you can get out there, support local businesses and BUY ART! Enjoy…

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Mulberry GalleryCurrent:
Santa Cruz Art League Gift Shop Santa Cruz CA | thru 2015
Good Life Ceramics Santa Cruz CA | thru 2015
Homeless Garden Project Store Santa Cruz CA | thru 2015
Mulberry Gallery Aptos CA | thru 2015
Sierra Azul Gardens Watsonville CA | June 1 – Oct 31
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym Santa Cruz CA | thru 2015
Earth Art Studio Aptos CA | ongoing by appointment



The Compound Gallery Oakland CA | July 18 – Sept 6 | Opening July 18, 6-9 pm
ArtPrize Grand Rapids MI | Sept 8 – Oct 11 | Opening Sept 25th
Open Studios 2015, October 10, 11, 17 & 18th, 11 – 5 pm
Stripe (November)

Series Showcase: Seed Pods

In the spirit of revisiting older but still very relevant work, I’d like to take the time to showcase some of my series. Sometimes work comes and goes in the studio so quickly you don’t have much time to live with it, but these pieces have graced the shelves of the studio for the better part of a year and I’ve gotten to spend time thinking about them and why I’ve made them.
Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | seed pod seriesJenni Ward ceramic sculpture | seed pod seriesJenni Ward ceramic sculpture | seed pod series

This series, named the seed pod series is a study in form and texture. The interesting part is that this is the second seed pod series I’ve made. The first group was made in 2006 and resemble their follow-up series but the older pieces focus more on the outside of the form while the newer ones focus more on the inner workings of a seed.  I am inspired by the forms of seed pods that I find while exploring the forest near my home studio. I love the way a seed will sprout roots and shoots; each part fragile and vulnerable but fiercely determined. I tried to explore this action in an abstract way and make them seem to be hatching an unidentified new life form. The surface of these pieces has been decorated using a wax resist process which enhances the depth of texture. I also like to play with the contrast of glossy and matte glazes on the surface of the clay as well as neutral tones next to flashy turquoises and lime greens. Each spiny shoot is fused in place by the glazing process in the kiln. These pieces are hand-built from high fired stoneware and each piece is original and unique.

If you’d like to add pieces from seed pod series to your collection, many are available in the shop.


Good Life Ceramics

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | blogWelcome Good Life Ceramics!

A new ceramic studio and gallery has just arrived in Santa Cruz and its looking beautiful! The studio will cater to professionals and beginners alike as well as showcasing some of the most talented ceramic artists in the area (I’m so lucky to be included among them!) in the Slip Away Gallery. Pieces from my Nest Series are currently on display in the gallery. The best surprise after setting up the work was the amazing shadows they cast on the wall of the gallery. I’m honored to be showing my work alongside Liz Crain, Gail Ritchie, Sylvia Rios, Yumiko Aso, Sam Clarkson, Karen Hansen, Elaine Pinkernell and more to come. Come by, visit the gallery and add some new art to your collection.



Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | blogOwner John Albrecht along with Jasper Marino and Tom Watson hope “To enlighten and nurture the creative confidence inherent in all” with this new creative space. Join them in celebrating creativity by visiting  the studio at:

Good Life Ceramics
3717 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
831-515-7560, or Facebook