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Nina De Creeft Ward
Challenger, 2013
Ceramic and Glaze
17 X 12 inches

South Willard is pleased to announce an exhibition of ceramics by Nina De Creeft Ward titled Animal Ties
The exhibition will run from January 5 though February 10, 2020
There will be an opening reception Sunday, January 5 from 3 to 5 pm.

Nina De Creeft Ward grew up in Ojai and Santa Barbara, California in the 1940’s and 50’s.
De Creeft got her first horse when she was 12. She grew up caring for horses, goats and a variety of other animals, as well as being surrounded by the animals indigenous to California. Animals have always been the primary focus in her work and have been the constant thread throughout. Her parents Alice and Jose De Creeft were both artists and Nina never considered being anything other than an artist. In 1956 De Creeft went to Scripps Colege under Paul Soldner and learned to Raku-fire her work, a method she uses to this day. She completed her MFA in sculpture from Claremont in 1964.

De Creeft Ward currently lives and works in Santa Barbara and continues to build ceramic works of the animals she loves. Her most recent works have been ceramic reliefs of coyotes and deer in their native habitat in the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara.
Nina De Creeft Ward was featured in a retrospective at the Beatrice Wood Center in Ojai, California and is included in Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont, curated by Susan M. Anderson at the Claremont Museum of Art.

January 1st, 2020