My Art, Your Space: Lichen Series

My Art, Your Space: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’m so happy to share that two Lichen Series pieces have found the perfect forever home!

There was a lot of time and contemplation that went into this installation but it was so worth it, they really look perfect in this entry hallway. More pics will be up on the website soon!

About the Lichen Series:
The Lichen Series are vertical stalk shaped structures which have a variety of ceramic lichen inspired pieces emerging from and fused to them. This series play with ideas of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of dark and light. These pieces are hand-built and hand-carved from high fired stoneware and each piece is original and unique. There are 7 more available for purchase.

photo credit: Michael Cinque Photography

New images from the lichen series are up!

 

These pieces from the Lichen Series haven’t been shown very much, so if you haven’t seen these pieces in my studio, I finally got some good photos of these three trees and they are up on the website now!

The Lichen Series is about new growth from the old, in these pieces the ceramic lichen forms are growing on California black walnut planks that came from a storm fallen tree. The glazed ceramic pieces are inspired by the structures of shelf fungus and have been placed in compositions that follow and enhance the natural grain of the wood. Read more here…

If you’re interested in purchasing them, please contact JCO’s Art Haus in Los Gatos.

 

New Work In the Online Shop Soon!

New Work In the Online Shop Soon! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

If you made it to the Spring Studio Sale a few weeks ago, you saw the latest pieces from the Lichen Series | Spore Patterns hanging on my studio walls. I’m really loving these new pieces which are mounted to reclaimed barn board I found on my mother in law’s property.

The ceramic pieces are arranged on the boards to mimic the composition of mushroom spore patterns and play with ideas of death and new growth. These can be hung on the wall both indoors and out, and will give a modern rustic feel to the space they encompass.

They will be hitting the online shop soon, but if you’re interested please contact me for details.

ceramic & reclaimed wood, sizes range from 8″ x 20″ to 30″ x 30″ and prices range from 150. – 250.

Featured Art: Lichen Series

The Lichen Series Installation is composed of 9 vertical stalk shaped structures that are segmented into 9 pieces, three from the series are pictured here. Each of the parts has a variety of ceramic lichen pieces emerging from and fused to them that contrast with the dark stalk structures.

Featured Art: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture
This installation was originally showcased at the Ceramics Annual of America exhibit in San Francisco and now are on display in my studio. The work conjures up images of a forest after a fire when the green and lushness is gone but life is still present. This series plays with ideas of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of dark and light.

These pieces are hand-built and hand-carved from high fired stoneware and each piece is original and unique. For more images of this installation…

Lichen Series, 81 piece wall mounted ceramic installation, 84″ x 120″ x 9″, 2013, $2000/stalk. Contact Jenni for purchase & installation details

Work In Progress: Lichen Series

Last winter, I launched the photos and video of installing my newest piece in the Lichen Series in Nisene Marks State Park. Since then, the piece has been installed at the UCSC Arboretum and also on display during Open Studios. Now, I’ve started to reconfigure the pieces from this series into new wall pieces.

This series is about death and regrowth- how the mushrooms, fungus and lichens grow where there is decay, allowing for something new to come from something old. I have been arranging the ceramic pieces to mimic the spore patterns left by mushrooms I’m hoping to mount them onto old redwood planks. The planks will be assembled to hang on a wall with the spore patterns of clay attached. In the studio, I started with whatever plywood ware boards I happened to have around to see if this idea was going to be visually interesting. Next steps are to find the right wood and arrange the pieces securely to the wood.

Here’s an image of what I’m playing with, let me know what you think…

Work in Progress: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Art at the Arboretum

The opportunity to participate in a sculpture exhibit at the UCSC Arboretum recently came up and I’m delighted to showcase one of my newest installations from the Lichen Series there for the first time. This exhibit was curated by Susana Arias and includes local artists Marilyn Kuksht, Anna Martin, Jaime Abbott, Coeleen Kiebert, Christie Thomas, Scott Lindberg, Kirk McNeill, Jennifer Hennig and myself. The exhibit will be up June 1 – October 3, 2016 with a reception for the artists June 1st from 5 – 7.

Art at the Arboretum | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

 

About the Lichen Series:
This inspired by observing the growth of mushrooms, fungus, lichens and algae as they sprout, grow and perish throughout the seasons. In the natural world, these forms thrive and expand in organic patterns following the natural rhythms of dying areas of the forest and as the rains come and go. This installation explores the dualities of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of dark and light.

For more images and a video of the original installation…

New Installation Launch!

If you missed the launch in yesterdays email blast (duh, join the email list), then here’s the link to the newest work coming out of the studio. The Lichen Series, which started as two indoor wall installations has evolved into an In The Field Installation. All the pieces in this series play with ideas of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of dark and light. This piece will be part of an exhibition later this spring, details to follow. Here is the link to the In The Field | Lichen Series Portfolio page and you can watch the video of the installation below. Enjoy and feel free to share!

Series Showcase: Lichen

In the spirit of revisiting older but still very relevant work, I’d like to take the time to showcase some of my series, this time the lichen 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 a while and I’ve gotten to spend time thinking about them and why I’ve made them.

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Secretly, I’m kind of happy that this piece hasn’t sold yet, I really love this guy and hope it goes to a good home someday! Its up on my studio wall, so I get to check it out all day while I’m working.  It was kind of a spontaneous build, so the longer I live with it, the more I get to think about why I made it.

While I was working on it all of the parts were laying flat on the table and they had the appearance of slick whale bodies with crustaceans growing on their skin- it seemed very of the sea. But as soon as the pieces went on the wall the feel about them changed to growing plants or a forest of burnt trees that had died and new growth was taking over and hence how the lichen series was named. I also really love how activated all the spaces in-between each piece is. This series is a study in the balance of duality, the pieces play with ideas of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of black and white. Each lichen growth 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 lichen series to your collection, click for more information.