Seed Pods for the Gardener on your List

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | seed pod series

Only 6 seeds pods remain in the shop (3 large and 3 medium) and they are the most unique gift for the gardener on your list. Let them dream of all the new spring growth with this perennial sculpture that will keep them inspired through the cold winter months. These pieces were inspired by the seed pods that I find while exploring the forest near my home studio. I like the idea that they seem to be hatching an unidentified new life form.
The surface of these pieces has been decorated using a wax resist process which enhances the depth of texture. Each piece is made from stoneware clay, hand-built and unique.

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My Art, Your Space: Wilson 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!

Here’s this weeks share from the Wilson Family:
The two seed pods were a gift to myself, I had been eyeing them for a long time, then these were the last two left and I thought they were perfectly paired together. Having attempted to build my own pods, both large and small, in clay class, I have an understanding of the skill it took to for Jenni to build them, which makes me appreciate them all the more. I placed them where we could see them from our swing on the back patio, I can also see them from my kitchen sink. I notice them all the time, sometimes there are orange poppies growing around them, sometimes the ground is dry and brown, and sometimes they are surrounded by lush grass and chickens. I love having art in the back yard and these pieces fit into our landscape perfectly, but also are quirky enough that they make me wonder: are they eggs? are those turquoise tails peaking out? are they alien plants? They are an intriguing combination of nature and fantasy, visitors and the chickens enjoy them nearly as much as I do.

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Playing with Art Underwater

Last weekend I got to hang out with my twin niece and nephew Maddie & Tom at the lake- so much fun with these two! I brought a few pieces of art with me to play with in the rocks which was an adventure to hang onto the rocks, not tip the boat or drop cameras in the water but then my nephew used his waterproof case on his iphone to take video of my work under water in the lake. Check out the video here: Seed Pod Series Underwater

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | playing with art underwater

 

 

Studio Sale Success!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support independent artists and student artists at our 10th annual Spring Studio Sale this past Saturday!!! Earth Art Studio student artists sold $475.00 worth of art alone, which allows for us to make a $47.50 donation to The Homeless Garden Project! In addition, many of my pieces from my Nest Series, Seed Pod Series & Bone Series found their way to new happy homes!  And I was able to showcase a new installation formation from my Bone Series and Hive Series.  AND… a big congratulations to Kim Bierman who was the winner of the raffle this year!!!

I was really busy and didn’t get to take too many photos, but if you missed the sale, here are a few images to give you the vibe of the event and remember that you can always make an appointment to visit the studio anytime. Thank you!!!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | studio sale success
new Bone Series installation
Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | studio sale success
treats!
Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | studio sale success
Van Gogh inspired student sunflower installation
Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | studio sale success
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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

Series Showcase: Seed Pods

In the spirit of revisiting older but still very relevant work, I’d like to take the time to showcase some of my 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 the better part of a year and I’ve gotten to spend time thinking about them and why I’ve made them.
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This series, named the seed pod series is a study in form and texture. The interesting part is that this is the second seed pod series I’ve made. The first group was made in 2006 and resemble their follow-up series but the older pieces focus more on the outside of the form while the newer ones focus more on the inner workings of a seed.  I am inspired by the forms of seed pods that I find while exploring the forest near my home studio. I love the way a seed will sprout roots and shoots; each part fragile and vulnerable but fiercely determined. I tried to explore this action in an abstract way and make them seem to be hatching an unidentified new life form. The surface of these pieces has been decorated using a wax resist process which enhances the depth of texture. I also like to play with the contrast of glossy and matte glazes on the surface of the clay as well as neutral tones next to flashy turquoises and lime greens. Each spiny shoot 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 seed pod series to your collection, many are available in the shop.