Where Have All the Umbels Gone?

Where Have All the Umbels Gone? | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureMany of you got to see, walk and experience the Umbel Series path since the exhibit Environmental Installations opened in late May and I’ve been so thrilled to hear how much you’ve enjoyed it. I had hoped that the piece would be on display until the end of the exhibit in November but unfortunately we’ve had some incidents of vandalism and the arboretum is also planning on some dirt work close to my installation, so I’ve chosen to remove it early from the exhibit. If you didn’t get a chance to see the piece in person, the drone video of it will give you as close of an experience as possible to being there yourself.

Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations still has eight spectacular installations up until the close of the show November 17th and I encourage you to go explore the arboretum and discover these beautiful works.

So where have all the umbels gone?  Right now the flowers are in my studio and are available for sale via the online shop. Next week, the remaining unsold Umbel Series flowers will be making their own pilgrimage to south county. They will be assembled in a completely new formation at Sierra Azul Nursery in Watsonville as a part of the Sculpture IS: 2017 exhibit put on by the Pajaro Valley Art Gallery. Photos of the new installation will follow soon and I hope you get a chance to see it on display there as well.

Thank you for all the positivity that’s surrounded this installation!

Construct and Deconstruct

I started this piece weeks ago and it was paining me to finish it because of its detailed nature, but yesterday I sat down to finally try to finish it out. I realized that I had built it all wrong and that was part of the problem in working on it, so I took the entire thing apart, saving all the pieces except the central form that all the wires attach to. It felt really good to take it apart and start over. Sometimes, you learn as you go and it’s never to late to restart with more knowledge about the process.  For all of you that have come to my studio and loved this work in progress, don’t worry, this piece will eventually come to fruition.

Construct and Deconstruct | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Video: Walking the Umbels

A little taste of what it’s like to walk the trail of Umbels..

About the Umbel Series Installation:
The saffron colored trail of abstract ceramic flowers is inspired by the folklore of bright yellow mustard flowers leading the way from mission to mission along the Camino Real. The installation is named the Umbel Series due to the umbrella shaped flower structures that inspired the forms.

Click here to pre-order your Umbels…

Will you be one of the lucky 200?

There are about 200 Umbel Flowers left available for pre-sale!

Will you be one of the lucky ones who gets to join us on the picking day?

Walking the Trail of Umbels | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

The Umbel flowers are only $65 each and you can come pick-ur-self at the close of the exhibit in November. Once they are sold out, no more will be made, so be sure to order yours before they’re gone. If you’re out of the area, I’d be happy to ship your flowers to you. Visit the Environmental Installations exhibit at the UCSC Arboretum to see this piece in person, the exhibit is up until November 17th. RESERVE YOUR FLOWERS TODAY

Umbel Series | Installations | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

About the Umbel Series:
The saffron colored trail of abstract ceramic flowers is inspired by the folklore of bright yellow mustard flowers leading the way from mission to mission along the Camino Real. The installation is named the Umbel Series due to the umbrella shaped flower structures that inspired the forms.

Walking the Trail of Umbels

Have you made it out to the UCSC Arboretum to see Environmental Installations yet and walk the 100′ long trail of my Umbel Series Installation? I love this photo taken from a drone that was hovering just over my installation as I walked the trail. Sometimes, it’s good to sit quietly with a piece of art and contemplate it but equally, there is something really nice about getting to experience a work of art while physically moving around it. I think it draws you into to the piece and you notice things you might not of noticed otherwise. So, if you get a chance, I really encourage you to get up to the Arboretum and walk the trail of umbels… and let me know what you think!
Walking the Trail of Umbels | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture
Umbel flowers are available for pre-sale in my online shop and at only $65 each they are going fast!
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Sculpture IS: 2017 Opens Next Week!

Sculpture IS 2017 Opens Next Week | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureDon’t forget!

Sculpture Is: 2017 opens Thursday June 29th 5-7 pm

Presented by Pajaro Valley Arts
June 1 – October 31, 2017
Reception: June 29th 5 – 7pm

The eleventh annual Sculpture IS: exhibition is taking place on the beautiful two-acre Sierra Azul Nursery demonstration gardens with over 90 sculptures. This critically acclaimed exhibit showcases work in steel, wood, ceramics, bronze, glass and concrete. Come visit the gardens!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville California

Save the Date: Sculpture IS: 2017

Save the Date: Sculpture IS: 2017 | events | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureSculpture Is: 2017 “In the Garden”

Presented by the Pajaro Valley Arts
June 1 – October 31, 2017
Reception: June 29th 5 – 7pm

The eleventh annual Sculpture IS: exhibition is taking place on the beautiful two-acre Sierra Azul Nursery demonstration gardens with over 90 sculptures. This critically acclaimed exhibit showcases work in steel, wood, ceramics, bronze, glass and concrete. Come visit the gardens!

Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens
2660 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville California

Flowers for Sale!

Umbel Series | shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureTHANK YOU to everyone who came out to the opening of Environmental Installations at the UCSC Arboretum this past Saturday- it was really so fantastic to see the whole exhibit come together and to chat with everyone. I loved seeing patrons walk the path of my Umbel Series Installation. If you haven’t been to the exhibit yet, be sure to get out there, this show is up until November 17th.

If you would like some Umbel Flowers for your own garden, they are available for pre-sale in the online shop! You can order as many as you would like and you will be invited to the Arboretum towards the end of the exhibit for a ‘picking day’ where you can choose the umbel flowers you love and transplant them into your own garden. The picking day will be just before the holiday season starts so you can get flowers for yourself or others!

 

Umbels are only $65 each and every flower is handmade and unique.

Be sure to add a steel stem (no additional cost) to your shopping cart as well when ordering and to choose ‘local pick up’ to avoid shipping charges. If you are out of the area, you can still order flowers with or without the steel stem and they will be shipped to you after the exhibit closes.

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Sneak Peek: Umbel Series (almost) Installed!

This one has been a long time in the works and you’ve seen the process evolve from sketches to prototypes to unloading the final pieces from the glaze kiln. Now it’s time to get these Umbels planted into the garden at the Arboretum.

I took up a batch of 90 stems and flowers (less than half of the total to be installed) to start arranging them. This is the exciting part about doing an installation, you really don’t know if or exactly how it’s going to all come together until it has to.

I played with hammering the stems into the soil in a variety of placements to see how they looked and I wasn’t really happy with any of the compositions, so I sat down in the grass to think about it. And as I sat, I was looking at the trail I had created by walking through the grasses unloading the work, which led from one established path in the arboretum to the other and I realized the formation I wanted these pieces to follow. They are lined up in rows that stretch over 40′ and I think the stripe of mustard yellow through the meadow will make a big impact on the garden space. I love how adding a geometric structure to their arrangement helps balance out the organic forms of the individual pieces. Today, I’ll be bringing the rest of the Umbels up to the arboretum to install, hope you can come see this piece in person!

Sneak Peek: Umbel Series (almost) Installed! | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Join me for the opening of this fantastic exhibition at the UCSC Arboretum, May 20th from 3- 6. The exhibit will be up until November 27th. Pieces from this series will be made available in the online shop and then there will be a ‘picking day’ where you can pick your umbel flowers and transplant them into your own gardens.

Environmental Installations | Art in the Arboretum | curated by Susana Arias