With a little help from my friends…

I’ve been creating site specific installations of my Bone Series for exhibits and in my own studio and they’ve gotten a really positive response from viewers but they are a little hard to imagine in your own space. So I’ve been trying to think up a way to make them easier to place and the other day with A LOT of help from my friends/talented studio neighbors I think I’ve got a prototype in the works. The plan was to create a metal frame with hidden welded loops for connecting the Bone Series webs to and also to hang it on the wall. The hope is that the pieces will still float off the wall, cast beautiful shadows and create a dynamic visual contrast of organic ceramic forms with geometric negative space shapes from the cables.

Here’s the first attempt and while it’s just a prototype and there are still things to tweak, I’m pretty darn happy with the results!

With a little help from my friends... | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Much thanks to Lucia Bruer who welded all the parts together and talked through the plan with me, to Jamie Abbott for the use of his studio, equipment and patient teaching and to Roy Holmberg for his skillful eye on the whole process.

It seriously takes a village to raise an artist. So grateful.

My Art, Your Space: Cruz Family

Here’s this week’s share from the Cruz Family:

“I am amazed by how each piece is intricately made.  And, these two pieces look like they were meant to be together.  One is growing and exploring out of its shell. The other one is still nesting and carefully watching.  

These two pieces are suspended by hidden wires placed high on my loft’s wall.  They cast different shadows depending on the time of day.  They are very cool and one of a kind, I love them.”
My Art, Your Space: Cruz Family | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece, if you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!

 

 

My Art, Your Space: Arias-Kolb Family

Last summer these two sculptures from the Bone Series were hanging out on a shipwreck under the Atlantic Ocean and now they are beautifully displayed in the Arias-Kolb home surrounded by a lot of other incredible art works. I love how these pieces have a pulsating energy to them, if jellyfish had bones, this might be what they look like.

I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece. If you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!

My Art, Your Space: Arias- Kolb Family | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

My Art, Your Space: Gilson Family

I love seeing where my art ends up and hearing why you connect with a piece. If you have some of my work that you’d like to share, please email me! Thanks for sharing!  This share is from the Gilson Family, whom I have known my whole life. My parents welcomed them into their new home with a piece from my Nest Series. I love how my abstract, rustic style work still blends so well on the mantle with their ceramic figurines. Here’s what they have to say about this piece…
My Art, Your Space: Gilson Family | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Jenni,
We are enjoying your sculpture that we received as a house warming present from our very dear friends, your parents.  We read on your website that this creation is part of your nest series depicting the balance between protecting and trapping.
We’ve always felt that art can be interpreted so many ways and at times different than how the artist sees it.  We’re taking some liberty with our interpretation of this art sculpture to share with you: “when we look at your sculpture we see a new life form beginning in the nest sprouting a vibrant aqua stem which we visualize as the beginning of life and growth which correlates to our new journey involving moving into a new nest sprouting growth and vibrant new beginnings”.   Life is a wonderful journey…  Thank you for creating such unique art!!!
Patty and Ed Gilson

Hello Houzz

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | installations | residential

Houzz is an online platform for designers, contractors and artists to share their creative ideas with homeowners. Think of it as Pinterest, just for your house.

I’ve recently started a Houzz page to share my work as residential installations. If your home is featured here, I’d love a recommendation.

If my work is in your home and I haven’t documented it yet, I’d love to capture my art in your space. Email me to arrange a photo shoot!

Take a look to get ideas for your space!

New Residential Installation Images!

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Two new photoshoots of work installed at residences are now up on the site! Take a peek at work on Valencia Road and Aptos Hills. This is a great way to imagine how a sculpture or installation might work in your space.

Contact me to create a custom piece for your space!

 

 

 

 

artists supporting artists

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One of the best things about being an artist is that you get to know a lot of other talented artists in your community and sometimes you get to trade or buy work from each other. I have work from a number of Santa Cruz based artists in my collection that I love and I’ve realized that they are some of the most valuable things I own. This weekend, I got to install my friend and favorite artist, Susana Arias‘ work in my home. This wood fired ceramic oar above my front window is over 8’ long and looks as if it has been unearthed from the depths of the ocean. I’ve been so in love with these pieces from her Sailmaker series since I first laid eyes on them, so excited to finally have one of my own!

 

 

 

 

Photo shoot day

I got the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite homes in Santa Cruz in order to shoot some work that has lived there for quite a few years now. Its modern, earthy, cozy, minimalist and filled with art… I could move in tomorrow!  Enjoy some pics from the photo shoot in my Residential Installations portfolio…

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | photo shoot day