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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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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My Art, Your Space: Lichen Series

My Art, Your Space: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

I’m so happy to share that two Lichen Series pieces have found the perfect forever home!

There was a lot of time and contemplation that went into this installation but it was so worth it, they really look perfect in this entry hallway. More pics will be up on the website soon!

About the Lichen Series:
The Lichen Series are vertical stalk shaped structures which have a variety of ceramic lichen inspired pieces emerging from and fused to them. This series play with ideas of death and regrowth, the power of negative space and the contrast of dark and light. These pieces are hand-built and hand-carved from high fired stoneware and each piece is original and unique. There are 7 more available for purchase.

photo credit: Michael Cinque Photography

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And she’s off!

And She's Off! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureYesterday afternoon, my art went out on an adventure! A crate of sculptural parts is on its way to Sweden and I’ll be meeting it on the other side in a few weeks. Fingers crossed that it makes it there ok!

I know I’ve spoken about this before but the pressure of creating installational artwork is always a thrill. I really never know if it will all work out until it has. This installation in Sweden is no exception. I’m shipping all the parts which I hope will arrive ok, then I’m counting on my team in Sweden to help me assemble and install this piece in a place I’ve never been before. I’m also trusting all of my testing and consultations with experts that the clay will be able to survive the winters there. All the moving parts of this project make for a slew of opportunities where everything can go wrong, but that’s all part of the fun!

More to come on this project in a few weeks!

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New images from the lichen series are up!

 

These pieces from the Lichen Series haven’t been shown very much, so if you haven’t seen these pieces in my studio, I finally got some good photos of these three trees and they are up on the website now!

The Lichen Series is about new growth from the old, in these pieces the ceramic lichen forms are growing on California black walnut planks that came from a storm fallen tree. The glazed ceramic pieces are inspired by the structures of shelf fungus and have been placed in compositions that follow and enhance the natural grain of the wood. Read more here…

If you’re interested in purchasing them, please contact JCO’s Art Haus in Los Gatos.

 

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It takes a village to raise an artist

Thank You! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureThese past few months have been a whirlwind of non-stop exhibits, travel and art making, so I wanted to take a moment to share how grateful I am for everyone that has been on this amazing art adventure with me!

To every single person who took the time to ‘like’ a photo, read a blog post I wrote, share my work with your friends, walk in the door to see my exhibits, donate to my art adventures, or buy a piece of art from me – thank you, thank you, thank you. You are the the pieces of the puzzle that make it possible for me to be an independent artist. Every action of support is recognized. I am humbled and grateful to make a living by the support of all of you.

And there’s more exciting art adventures to come…stay tuned!
#ittakesavillagetoraiseanartist

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