The Umbels Are Up!

It’s hard to believe in just a few short months; an application, turned into an acception, a sketch turned into a sculpture and now, I have a permanent public art installation in Mariestad Sweden. I’m so grateful for everyone who had a hand in making this happen. And I really look forward to seeing how this installation will change over the seasons. I’ve been trying to imagine the snow cover first, and then the green leaves coming back to the trees in the background of the sculptures and eventually to 12′ tall hops plants that will be planted and flank the Umbel flowers on either side- lots to look forward too! More pics coming to the installation page soon!

The Umbels Are Up! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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Art Filled Weekend Events!

Just a reminder…

Saturday 2 – 6

My Art Hearts will be at the Sip & Shop Maker Event alongside a number of talented creators! Be sure to get some of your holiday shopping done here!Sip & Shop Show! | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Sunday 11 – 5

I’ll be fresh off the plane from Sweden for the LoOk Collective show. Great gifts, small sculptures and fine art looking for happy homes! Take a drive up the coast and LoOk!
LoOK Art Collective Winter Show! | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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Greetings from Sweden!

After a very long journey, I arrived in the lovely town of Mariestad of the shorefront of Lake Vänern. The hours of sunlight are very limited here this time of year and the drizzly weather makes for fabulously moody skies. I spent the first few days getting over the worst of the jet lag by getting a lay of the land, walking through the nature reserves and watching the locals prepare for the upcoming holiday season. The location for my artwork will be in the Universitetsparken where the University of Gothenburg holds their horticulture program. It seems like the perfect place for my Umbels to reside.

Greetings from Sweden | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

My time in Sweden has not just been spent staring off at scenic vistas, in my few days here so far I’ve unpacked my crate (everything survived- yay!), I have most of the flowers attached to the metal structures, the location of the Umbels has been selected, so the holes for the bases were dug and lighting placement was also chosen. The next few days involve sanding down the connection point of epoxy between the ceramic and the metal so that it’s a smooth transition between the structure and the flowers and  then painting the transition to match. There’s also a few interviews with the local news who are interested in my crazy sputnik looking flowers and then it’s looking like Friday morning will be the official final placement. I really can’t say enough about the kommun (municipality) of Mariestad that has answered every question, solved every hiccup in the process at every turn and been so compliant to the artists choice in how steps are taken. I think I’ve been very spoiled here with this amazing public art committee. Final installation pics are coming soon!

Greetings from Sweden | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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Studio Closed for Thanksgiving!

Studio Closed for Thanksgiving | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

INSPIRATION THROUGH EXPLORATION:
We are taking a break and headed off into the desert for some off-the-grid time this Thanksgiving week.

I will be returning emails and filling orders when I return, if you want to start your holiday shopping early, don’t forget, the online shop is open 24/7!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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New Sculpture Headed for Sweden!

I’m excited to announce that I have been given the opportunity by the city of Mariestad Sweden to create a unique permanent sculpture for their Off Season Art Gardening program! I’m working on creating two large Umbel forms that will tower over head in a park setting, these will be built in a similar style to the ones I made for Sculpture IS: exhibit this year (see photo on right). The flower buds for the new sculptures will be a repetition of the shapes of the metal structure and will be glazed in a rich bright red reminiscent of the color used on many of the buildings in Mariestad. I hope that these pops of bright color will contrast against the greens and blues of the natural landscape. This piece will be installed early December, so stay tuned for more photos!

New Sculpture Headed for Sweden! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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Permanent Collection for the Umbel Series | Angelicas

The Umbel Series | Angelicas from Iceland are in the permanent collection of the Fish Factory Creative Centre, images of the installation are now up on the website!

Click here to see more…Fish Factory Creative Centre | Installations | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

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New Video! Artist In Residence Iceland

This video documents two ephemeral installations I created during my month long artist in residence at the Fish Factory Creative Centre in Stoovarfjordur Iceland. The first is from my Umbel Series and is based on Angelica flowers which grow native in the landscape of Iceland. The second is from my Bone Series and is based on radiolarian (single cell planktons) skeletal structures that live in all the oceans of the world.

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Artist Meet and Greet – Tonight at JCO’S Art Haus!

Artist Meet and Greet - Tonight at JCO'S Art Haus! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureTHE VERY VERY RARE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

A CURATED COLLECTION OF ESTABLISHED & UNDER-REPRESENTED ARTISTS AT WAREHOUSE PRICES

FOR ONE WEEKEND ONLY:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 4 — 9
+ MEET THE ARTISTS 6— 8*

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 10 — 7
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 10 — 7
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 12 — 6
*RSVP TO MEET THE ARTISTS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

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New Video: Artist in Residence Interview

The Fish Factory does interviews with each of their artists on their last week as a way to reflect on their time spent there and how it effected their work. As an artist, when you’re so focused on your work and in your headspace, it can be hard to explain (in a way that makes sense) to the viewer what you’re thinking about and why you’re making what your making. Being forced to verbalize it in a cohesive interview is a great way to gather your thoughts and wrap up this amazing opportunity. Enjoy my interview…

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