My Art Your Space: Have You Collected Art From Me?

I’m reposting this because I’ve loved seeing images of my art in your space come in! Keep um coming!

When you come to the studio to buy art or order art online at the shop, I pack it up and happily send it on its way to you but rarely do I get to see where my art ends up and lives out the rest of its life. Will you show me?

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | have you collected art from me?If you’ve collected my art, this is a call for you to send me photos of where you’ve put my art in your home or garden space. I would love to share your photos here on a future blog post. I’m hoping to inspire others to see how art can enhance their space and make everything just feel good. I know that we don’t need art in the same way that we need food and clothing but I really believe that we need art to help us feel connected to others and the world at large. The pieces I’ve collected are some of the most important things that I own. Surrounding myself with art instead of stuff, means that everything has a story, a place or a person attached to it and I love that. I hope that my work gives you the same feeling and becomes a connected part of your home and life.  I’m looking forward to seeing our photos of my work in their new homes!

A few photo specs:
Take a minute to look at your lighting and shadows and try to capture your shot at the best timing for lighting. Please make sure your photos are in focus. Move extraneous stuff (water bottle, tv remote etc…) out of the shot. I will resize and edit the photos for you, so just send me what you’ve got (original size) and also let me know if its ok to use your name along with your photos in my future posts and any other info you want to share about the pieces you’ve collected. Please email your photos to: jw(at)jenniward(dot)com

Selling AND Buying Art at Open Studios

I was so fortunate to have many pieces of art find new happy homes during Open Studios Art Tour this year. Thank you so much to all of you who put your money where you mouth is and supported your local artists!

Selling AND Buying Art at Open Studios | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureWhen you are a participating artist in the tour it’s really hard to make your way around to see other artists studios but this year, my husband and I were able to sneak in a few studio visits one afternoon. While we don’t have the biggest budget to buy art, let alone the space to put it in, we also believe in supporting local artists. So many people think that art is out of their price range so I wanted to share the gems that we bought, all for under $200. Seriously. Under $200.

The koi fish and coral original painting was done by muralist Elijah Pfotenhauer, the rabbit print was done by muralist Taylor Reinhold and the small bowl was done by ceramic artist Liz Crain. I love the color and energy that each of these pieces add to my collection of local and global artists.

What did you collect this year at Open Studios?

Two-For Art Weekend!

Two-For Art Weekend! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureSometimes it would be really convenient to clone myself and be at multiple art events all at the same time but unfortunately I can only be in one place this weekend. So here’s the line up of art events you can hit… and if you want to see me in person, I’ll be at the studio!

Open Studios Encore Weekend
OCTOBER 21 & 22 FROM 11 – 5 | ARTIST #17 IN THE CATALOG
MISSION INDUSTRIAL ART STUDIOS | 2523 C MISSION ST SANTA CRUZ

Bioneers Conference
UPRISING BIONEERS 2017 | OCTOBER 20 – 22
MARIN CENTER | SAN RAFAEL

To learn more about Art at the Bioneers….

Open Studios 2017 Launch Success!

Monster THANK YOUS to everyone who came out to Open Studios this weekend! YOU ARE THE BEST!

Open Studios 2017 Launch Success! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’m thrilled and exhausted after over 800 patrons came through my studio doors this weekend. So much art found new happy homes and it was wonderful to hear all the comments on my newest work. THANK YOU for supporting independent artists!

I’m also very grateful for all the help I had from my family, it seriously takes a village to raise an artist!

If you missed my studio this weekend or you wanted to go home and think about some new work for your space, I will be open for the Encore Weekend October 21st & 22nd from 11 -5 or you can always contact me to make an appointment to come by the studio.

2523 C Mission St  | Artist #17 in the Open Studios catalog | jw(at)jenniward(dot)com | 831.818.9569

Video: Open Studios Sneak Peek!

I’ve been getting the studio ready for Open Studios, so here’s a teaser video of what’s in store for you! Can’t wait to see you at the studio this weekend!


October 7, 8, 21  & 22 | 11 – 5 (or by appointment)
2523 C Mission St | Santa Cruz
Artist #17 in the catalog

Preview Exhibit at Santa Cruz Art League

Open Studio Preview Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 22, 2017
Reception: October 1, Sunday 3:00pm – 6:00pm

In partnership with the Santa Cruz County Arts Council, the Open Studios Preview Exhibition will offer a sneak peak of the great art of over 300 Santa Cruz County artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tours in the first three weekends in October.

Preview Exhibit at Santa Cruz Art League | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway | Santa Cruz, CA

New Work from the Bone Series

I wanted to share some new work that I’ve been finishing up from my Bone Series. There are 8 framed compositions of ceramic discs that were inspired by bone fibrous structures and they are held together with steel cable. The pieces and the cables float just off the wall so they cast really beautiful shadows that really enhance the pieces. The square formats are 2.5′ x 2.5′ and the rectangles are 2′ x 4′. I’m really excited to share these pieces with you all at Open Studios this October!

New Work from the Bone Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Save the Date: Open Studios 2017


Save the Date: Open Studios 2017 | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’ve been cleaning, rearranging and organizing the studio for weeks to get it ready for my 14th (or maybe 15th??) Open Studios Art Tour. I’ll be showcasing brand new work from my Bone, Lichen & Umbel Series, so please come by and visit me at the studio!

Artist #17 in the catalog

Open October 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd from 11 – 5

Mission Industrial Art Studios | 2523C Mission St Santa Cruz

Lucky Number 17!

Lucky Number 17 | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureJoin me my at my studio for my 13th year participating in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour! I’ll be lucky number 17 in the catalog and will be showing along with 6 other studio mates in the same building.

Mark your calendars for October 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd, 2017
Studios are open 11 – 5

Earth Art Studio
2523 C Mission St
Santa Cruz

To learn more about the event…