Studio Tour

If you’ve never been to the studio or you haven’t visited me in awhile, now is your chance to check out all the new and fun things going on at my studio in the redwoods. Click play on the video to take a virtual tour of my studio. You are always welcome to make an appointment to tour the studio in person too!

Clay Classes at Earth Art Studio

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Classes are now winding down at the studio for the end of the year, but we will be starting right back up again in January. Make the resolution to B CR8IV in 2016 and sign yourself up for a class!

Adult Classes: Ongoing classes on Tues nights or Thurs mornings, all levels are welcome

Private Classes: Private/Semi-private classes for kids, families, home-school groups all on a schedule that works for you.

Spring Workshop for Kids: March – April (exact dates TBA)

Why do I teach community clay classes?

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt |why do I teach community clay classes? I was recently asked why I teach community clay classes, as opposed to university level instruction. Well, one big reason is I don’t have the Master’s degree, so I actually can’t teach at universities. In the beginning, I thought I would go for the terminal degree for fine artists and get my MFA but after a few attempts in that direction, I finally made the choice to not pursue it. I realized that I really wanted to be my own boss, make my own schedule and share my clay experience with everyone, not just in an academic environment and I’m really happy with that choice. Over the past 15+ years, I’ve taught everyone from seniors to pre-schoolers how to make a pinch pot, roll a coil or add texture to a slab cup. I’ve worked in mobile classrooms in under-served communities and private classrooms in private schools.  It’s been an amazing way to piece together an income for myself and I have learned that no matter what your background or experience level, everyone leaves clay class feeling pretty good about what they did.

As my own art career has launched forward, I’ve cut back on the number of classes that I offer at my studio but I know that no matter how busy the art world gets, I will always teach. Each week I welcome some of the most amazing and talented people into my studio space. I love that they are passionate about being creative and intrigued enough to try something new. What I hope that they take away from their time spent in my studio is an appreciation of what it takes to make something with your hands along with the confidence to try it, compassion for others creative ideas and a respect for the vulnerability of making something with your heart. Some of my younger students tell me that they are going to be artists when they grow up, which is sweet to hear but of course most of them will go on to do other things. So I’m not churning out the academic artists of the future here but what community clay classes create instead is art enthusiasts, supporters and collectors, and the world needs a lot of those kind of people!

Join us at the studio and B CR8IV!

Create with Clay Classes for Kids FULL

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Create with Clay Classes for Kids FULL

Just wanted to let everyone know that Create with Clay class spots for kids are all filled up for the rest of the year. If you’re interested in joining in on a class at the studio, please join our safe subscribe mailing list so you get the 2016 schedule in your inbox. JOIN


Adult Clay Classes still have space!


Class Schedule Change: No Winter Workshop this year!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Class Schedule Change: No Winter Workshop this year!Normally at this time of year, I’m adding the ever popular Winter Workshop to the schedule of events, I know a lot of you really look forward to this one. Unfortunately, due to some scheduling conflicts we won’t be able to offer the workshop this year. That’s the bad news, BUT the good news is…

There IS a limited time available for scheduling a few private class sessions if you are interested in coming to the studio to make some gifts. We can schedule two 90 minute classes (one for making, one for glazing) for a small group of 1 – 4 students on Tuesdays or Wednesdays during the first two weeks of December. Private classes are $75/student/90 min class, $10 for each additional student with a max of 4 students. Home-schoolers, friends & family (aged 7 – adult) are all welcome to join in. Contact me to schedule your holiday gift making class.



Open Studios Preview Exhibit at Santa Cruz Art League

Join me and about 300 other talented artists at the Santa Cruz Art League this Sunday! This new piece from my rock candy series will be on display making its exhibition debut there. If you need a little art & nature for your space, you can purchase it at the opening which also helps support the Art League. Hope to see you there!

Preview Exhibit for Open Studios 2015
September 26 – October 18
Artist Reception Sunday, September 27, 3-6 pm
Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Open Studios Preview Exhibit Opens at Santa Cruz Art LeagueFor more information about Open Studios visit the Arts Council website!

Haitian Invasion

I’m so excited to see my favorite artist friends at Atis Rezistans (Resistant Artists) from Port-au-Prince Haiti here in California! My good friend Kathy Barbro who owns Art Projects for Kids and an art teacher in LA ran a campaign to get Romel Jean-Pierre, Claudel Casseus & Racine Polycarpe here to teach art at her school for a week. I’m sure that the kids at her school are so thrilled and had such fun art adventures this week. After the week is up, they are all road tripping up to Santa Cruz for a visit and I can’t wait! In addition to the three guys coming, it just happens that my friend Nadine Dolores Francois who runs an orphanage and girls empowerment program in Port-au-Prince will be here as well. This is her first trip to the US, so its extra exciting to have her here. You can learn more about my connections to Haiti and the projects that I’ve done there with these amazing people by checking out the Philanthropy Projects page. More pics to come of our epic art adventures during the Haitian Invasion week!

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | Haitian Invasion

Open Studios 2015 Acceptance!

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Just got the word that I’ve been accepted into the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Art Tour 2015. It will be my 11th year participating and I can’t wait to see you at the studio!

Save the dates:

Artist # 254
October 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 11-5



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
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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