Jana Ward

From burned, carved, and stained gourds, gemstones and silver jewelry, bronze, and clay sculptures, to photography, Jana Ward’s art displays the repeating patterns of life in the Southwest.

Jana is a native of Washington State, and comes from a family of artists.  Her first fine art interest was in terracotta sculpture, and within a short period of time, her work was receiving attention in the Puget Sound art community.  She showed at the prestigious Bellevue and Mercer Island Art shows, and sold her sculptures out of a local gallery while living in the Northwest.  She continues her sculpture work, with an edition of her sculpture, “Loving Embrace”, in bronze.

Always interested in photography, her photographs of the Nevada desert received national attention when one taken in the Valley of Fire was featured on the 2005 Toyota Prius calendar. 

Gourd art is a particular interest, and Jana has been working in that medium for 20 years.  After initial training from the late internationally known gourd artist, Duane Teeters, she combined her interest in gourds with that of the art of the ancient cultures of the Southwest United States. Long an appreciator of the art of these cultures, Jana has studied the patterns that pottery artists over the last 1000 years developed to embellish their crafts.  Her studies included visiting museums, discussions with noted anthropologists, and assembling a significant collection of books, studies, and monographs on the various patterns and their meanings.  Before using patterns on her work, she attempts to understand the meaning of the designs and the possible motivations of the ancient artists.  She considers her work as a tribute to those artists who, with limited materials and tools, left such compelling artistry to be admired even today.

At the present time, Jana is working on a wide range of artistic projects.  Her gourds have been widely accepted in the Taos, NM Art Community, and her new pieces are highly anticipated by both collectors and admirers. One of Jana’s gourd art pieces juried into the 2012 National Gateway to Imagination Competition.  She also has expanded her interests to include artisan jewelry, with various lines influenced by desert colors and impressions of the Southwest.

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