New Video: Quaking Aspen Leaves

A little glimpse into my translucent porcelain aspen leaves installed in a tree on the property of Buffalo Creek Art Center in the oldest aspen grove in Nevada. In a wind storm, a few of the trees fell into a natural creek and I loved the way the water beaded up and fluttered the fallen leaves, so I had the porcelain ones follow the same journey.

New Work!

I’ve completed a piece during my residency at Buffalo Creek Art Center and it’s now installed on the grounds as part of the permanent collection! You may remember me making an experimental Umbel form about a year ago and it was so tedious to make that I swore I wasn’t going to make another… Well, I did (actually 5 more) and I think that they came out better than the original, plus they have tiny beads of clay on the ends of all the wires making them even more tedious. I actually love how complex and fragile their structures appear while actually being quite sturdy pieces.
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Sculpture IS: 2018 Artist Reception Today!

Want to wander the gardens and be inspired by the sculptures around every corner? Today is the day! Pajaro Valley Arts Council presents it’s 12th year of Sculpture IS: 2018!

 

Sierra Azul Gardens | 2660 East Lake Ave | Watsonville CA | June 14th 5 – 7pm

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Sculpture IS: 2018

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2018, marks our twelfth sculpture exhibit in partnership with Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens. The jurors, Susana Arias and Jeff Rosendale, selected over 80 sculptures created by more than 40 artists and collaborators. Visit the stunning two-acre demonstration garden; relax under the umbrellas, bring your picnic lunch, and spend an afternoon enjoying the exhibit.

June 1 – October 31
Opening reception June 14th 5-7pm
Sierra Azul Gardens
2660 East Lake Ave | Watsonville CA

new residential installation!

 

If you’ve thought about how my work might look in a residential space but you weren’t quite sure, check out these new images of a framed Bone Series and a large Nest Series piece in their new forever home. Their new owner was so thrilled with how they fit seamlessly into her cozy, modern space that she was tearing up at their installation. I love the little surprises like the reflection of the Nest piece on the glass dining room table!

More Images…

And the show must come down…

Instead of adventures into the wilderness this weekend, we are headed north to Oregon to take down my exhibit ‘where art & nature meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art. After a year of planning, months of building and weeks of showing; it has finally come time for the days of de-installing.

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I loved having the opportunity to use this beautiful gallery space to showcase my installations and the ‘in the field’ photographs of them. The response from the viewers who got to see it in person was so positive, I’m over flowing with gratitude from your comments and compliments. For those of you that weren’t able to see it in person, please check out the video here and let me know what you think!

Thank you to everyone at the museum for inviting me into your space with open arms!

New work installed at Sierra Azul!

It’s that time of year again for the annual Sculpture IS: exhibit at Sierra Azul Gardens in Watsonville, it’s truly one of my favorite annual venues for showcasing sculpture. This year I went big, I collaborated with my husband Nate for the first time and I revisited/reinvented older work (read more about the process here), hope you like the results!

New work Installed at Sierra Azul | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

No watering required for these drought resistant, gigantic Umbel Series flowers! They tower over 10′ tall and I think the turquoise palette of the ceramic pieces will look fabulous in any garden space. Come see them in person at Sierra Azul Gardens June 1st – October 31st along with over 80 sculptures by over 40 artists. Artist reception is June 14th from 5 -7

 

New Press: Grants Pass Daily Courier

So grateful to receive this article in the Grants Pass Daily Courier from reporter Edith Decker about my exhibit ‘Where Art & Nature Meet’ at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon. The exhibit is up until May 25th, if you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

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New Video: Time Lapse Installing the Rock Candy Series

I realize that my Dirt posts are time-lapse video heavy this week- sorry if it’s too much speedy craziness for you!- but it’s really the best way to share 3 full days of installing a show condensed down into mere seconds. And this one is kind of special because it’s the resolution of my total snafu.

On the morning of day one, I realized I left two boxes at my studio (a 7 hour drive away), BUT by the end of day one, thanks to my amazing studio assistant Nina, they were already packed up and on their way to me. They arrived at 4:30pm on day three and with the help of museum curator Mark they were up on the wall in less than an hour. An amazing recovery for what could of been an epic fail.

The show opens for April’s First Friday… wish me luck!