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Jenni Ward

767 Cathedral Dr
Aptos, CA 95003, U.S.A.
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Phone: 831-818-9569

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I have been an artist for as long as I can remember; memories of cutting, bending and building as a child have matured into a career of creating. Passionate about working with clay to build abstract forms and installations that reflect the beauty of the natural world, my favorite days are ones where I am splattered with clay and working in the studio all day long. Outside the studio, I can often be found exploring the forests, mountains or tide pools near my California studio for inspiration, usually with a collection of bones, rocks and wood in my pockets. My exploration of the natural world is referenced throughout my work. I am a wanderer who ventures off to foreign lands where I find inspiration in the people, the land and the art I encounter. A natural teacher and philanthropist, I share my creativity with students at my home studio and abroad.

My mission is to share the beauty I see in the natural world through my art. Inspired by biological forms with a particular focus on structures, I find my time spent connecting to my environment and exploring way above and way below sea level as an integral part of my work. I take inspiration from those places to create abstract interpretations of forms and structures through thoughtfully crafted ceramic sculptures. Using clay as my primary medium, I build in parts and assemble the pieces into ephemeral arrangements in nature. My installations play with the connectivity of the form to its environment and in turn the connectivity of myself to the natural world.