Getting Closer…

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Thanks to your amazing support, I’m in the home stretch of reaching my goal of $2500 to cover my expenses for my residency in Iceland! Want to help me raise the last bit?? Click here to Be A Patron!

Surprise creative gifts will be sent to all who donate upon my return from Iceland!

It takes a village to raise an artist and I’m so grateful for all the support!


Gratitude | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureA super, gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who kicked off my Iceland Residency Fund and became a patron of the arts!!

I’m already $725 into my $2500 goal because of you! It was so amazing to wake up in the morning, to see all of your contribution emails in my inbox- I truly felt the love and I can’t wait to send out my surprise thank yous to everyone upon my return!

Still want to contribute?? You can become a patron by donating here!

ps: you can also buy art in the online shop to support this art adventure too!

In the Shop!

Below are just a few links to sculptures that you may have had your eye on for awhile but you just didn’t snag yet, well it’s not too late to add them to your collection! Check out what’s available in the online shop!

Don’t have room for more art in your home but still want to support your local artists? Choose your price and donate to my Icelandic residency coming up this September. I have a goal of raising $2500. to help offset the costs of making this residency a reality. Special surprise gifts will be sent out to all who DONATE!

Umbel Series | shop | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Umbel Flowers for your Garden

Rock Candy on Driftwood (ONLY 4 left!)

Wall mounted Specimen Series (ONLY 4 left!)

and lots more…

My Art Your Space: Have You Collected Art From Me?

I’m reposting this because I’ve loved seeing images of my art in your space come in! Keep um coming!

When you come to the studio to buy art or order art online at the shop, I pack it up and happily send it on its way to you but rarely do I get to see where my art ends up and lives out the rest of its life. Will you show me?

Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture | the dirt | have you collected art from me?If you’ve collected my art, this is a call for you to send me photos of where you’ve put my art in your home or garden space. I would love to share your photos here on a future blog post. I’m hoping to inspire others to see how art can enhance their space and make everything just feel good. I know that we don’t need art in the same way that we need food and clothing but I really believe that we need art to help us feel connected to others and the world at large. The pieces I’ve collected are some of the most important things that I own. Surrounding myself with art instead of stuff, means that everything has a story, a place or a person attached to it and I love that. I hope that my work gives you the same feeling and becomes a connected part of your home and life.  I’m looking forward to seeing our photos of my work in their new homes!

A few photo specs:
Take a minute to look at your lighting and shadows and try to capture your shot at the best timing for lighting. Please make sure your photos are in focus. Move extraneous stuff (water bottle, tv remote etc…) out of the shot. I will resize and edit the photos for you, so just send me what you’ve got (original size) and also let me know if its ok to use your name along with your photos in my future posts and any other info you want to share about the pieces you’ve collected. Please email your photos to: jw(at)jenniward(dot)com

Selling AND Buying Art at Open Studios

I was so fortunate to have many pieces of art find new happy homes during Open Studios Art Tour this year. Thank you so much to all of you who put your money where you mouth is and supported your local artists!

Selling AND Buying Art at Open Studios | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureWhen you are a participating artist in the tour it’s really hard to make your way around to see other artists studios but this year, my husband and I were able to sneak in a few studio visits one afternoon. While we don’t have the biggest budget to buy art, let alone the space to put it in, we also believe in supporting local artists. So many people think that art is out of their price range so I wanted to share the gems that we bought, all for under $200. Seriously. Under $200.

The koi fish and coral original painting was done by muralist Elijah Pfotenhauer, the rabbit print was done by muralist Taylor Reinhold and the small bowl was done by ceramic artist Liz Crain. I love the color and energy that each of these pieces add to my collection of local and global artists.

What did you collect this year at Open Studios?

May 6 & 7: Art Filled Weekend in Santa Cruz

Before I lived in Santa Cruz, I would visit my then boyfriend (now husband) on the weekends and I fell in love with Santa Cruz (and him) for its long walks along west cliff, hikes through the redwoods, the quirky fun of downtown and rides on the giant dipper. On one of my weekend visits, I was wandering around town by myself and couldn’t figure out what these bright green signs were all about. I followed the arrows which lead to a series of artist studios that were open to the public for the weekend. I didn’t know anything about the event but was so impressed with the artwork I saw and how many green signs were showing all over town. After asking around about the event, I realized that not only was Santa Cruz a beautiful, fun place to visit but it also had a serious art scene. Flash forward to what feels like a million years later and here I am with 12+ years of my own Open Studios Art Tour events under my belt and so proud to be part of the art community of Santa Cruz County.

May 6 & 7: Art Filled Weekend in Santa Cruz | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculptureSo yes, Santa Cruz is about big waves and big trees and it’s about the accepting, compassionate community but a big part of the heart of Santa Cruz is about being an incredible art destination and that’s a reason to visit all in itself. The weekend of May 6 & 7th is no exception. It will be a beautiful weekend to visit Santa Cruz if you’re from out of town or to participate in your creative community if you’re a local. There are so many art events happening but still, there is enough time to take it all in.

May 6 & 7: Art Filled Weekend in Santa Cruz | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Kick off the weekend at First Friday, with art events from Felton to Watsonville, many concentrated in the Santa Cruz downtown region. Saturday & Sunday you can join in on the fun at Ceram-A-Rama at the Santa Cruz Mountain Art Center, the Spring Art Market at the Tannery , the 17th Ave Artists Spring Art Show & Sale  AND you can join me at Mission Industrial Studios for our Spring Studio Sale.  There is A LOT of art to see, buy and share that weekend but I’m pretty sure that you can handle it!

Please click the links for details on each of these fantastic events and I hope to see you out there!

Thanks for supporting local artists and the arts!

Press: Local Santa Cruz

After all of these winter storms the driftwood collecting on the beaches is plentiful and inspiring! Local Santa Cruz recently did an article featuring artists that are creating with that driftwood and pieces from my Rock Candy Series were included. You can read the article, Local Driftwood Artwork here and shop for the few remaining pieces from this series here. Enjoy!

Press: Local Santa Cruz | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture

Featured Art: Lichen Series

The Lichen Series Installation is composed of 9 vertical stalk shaped structures that are segmented into 9 pieces, three from the series are pictured here. Each of the parts has a variety of ceramic lichen pieces emerging from and fused to them that contrast with the dark stalk structures.

Featured Art: Lichen Series | the dirt | Jenni Ward ceramic sculpture
This installation was originally showcased at the Ceramics Annual of America exhibit in San Francisco and now are on display in my studio. The work conjures up images of a forest after a fire when the green and lushness is gone but life is still present. This series plays 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. For more images of this installation…

Lichen Series, 81 piece wall mounted ceramic installation, 84″ x 120″ x 9″, 2013, $2000/stalk. Contact Jenni for purchase & installation details