Finished Umbel Flower

After hours of tedium in the building process and lots of prayers to the kiln gods during the firing process, this Umbel Flower is finally finished. Inspired by a dandelion flowerhead that had gone to seed the flower has high temperature wire for the stalks that attach to the core of the flower and then a thinner gauge high temperature wire on the tips of each of the stalks. I wanted to have a stem and base so that the flower would display upright. Luckily, my studio neighbor sculptor Jamie Abbott was up to the task and he forged me a stem from steel rod which was welded onto a base. I swore I was only going to make one of these but now that I see it finished, I might just have to make a few more!

Finished Umbel Flower | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture Come see this piece in person during Open Studios this October!

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

On to the next event!

Save the Date: Art in the Arboretum Opens May 20th | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureThanks to everyone who came out to support the arts last weekend for our Spring Studio Sale! We had a great time, showing art, eating tacos and enjoying the music with you! Now, on to the next art event…

Join me for the opening of Art in the Arboretum: Environmental Installations

Exhibit runs May 20th – Nov 27th
Opening May 20th from 3 – 6
($5 admission fee to the arboretum for non-members)

I have two installations as a part of this exhibit, the Umbel Series which was inspired by the tale of California explorers using mustard flower seeds to mark trails from mission to mission and Tree Pools, seed pod inspired ceramic forms nestled into the earth around the base of trees, echo the ripples of a stone thrown into water.

Hope to see you in the gardens!