March, Women's History Month and the Greatness of Women


March, the celebration month of women. As if we are around all months of the year.

I am designing my Sheroes! Collection around the great women artists, family and friends who have shaped my life. As I create these earrings, necklaces and pendants, I reflect on the great ladies whose contribution to the world and to the best of our days as humans. I reach for the heroic, mythical and the true heroines. My mother Zelma is the greatest influence in my life. A beautiful intelligent woman whose children felt that were all “the special child” for her.

My sisters, aunts and cousins and friends are women who are brilliant, beautiful, funny and always inspiring. The women who are my clients, I include you in this group, because I’m lucky enough to meet the wonderful people who like my work. I am forever grateful for all these blessings.

Happy Women’s History Month, because every month is Women’s History Month, we’re making things happen everyday.

Jewelry Class with Denise Ward

Egyptian Rings and Bracelets Jewelry Class at Petaluma Arts Center

(click on Jewelry Class for link to PAC)

Sunday, March 24, 2019 $115/PAC members, $125/non-members

The original amazing ancient rings are on view at The Louvre in Paris and The Met in New York. A simple design, the rings are beautiful and made to measure. Students will file, sand and size metals, select stones and create beautiful rings.  The bracelets in copper will be filed and sanded and stamped designs applied. All tools and materials are provided by instructor. A light vegetarian lunch will also be provided. 

18+ Adults Seniors        Time: 10:00-2:00

February, a special month with a big Heart!


February is Black History month. I think every month is Black History month, but this one is special. Married on the 14th, Valentines Day is a special day and this is a big anniversary. We hope to celebrate at SF Jazz, or just having a quiet dinner at home. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ALL!

This is the beginning of baseball season..pitchers and catchers report!

My classes are finally listed at Petaluma Arts Center, listed under EDUCATION see previous journal blogs for dates and times.

Black History month is a celebration in Petaluma that should not be missed. Their opening night is at the Petaluma Museum, a Carnegie Library historical building. The Dorian Mode is playing there, my husband on piano and great music will fill the place. The Petaluma Blacks for Community Development are the hosts, kicking off a great month of Black History celebrations. Here’s their list of events.

Most of the following events are free, and except where indicated, take place at the museum.


THE DORIAN MODE: Seventh annual Jazz Concert - Friday, Feb. 1. 7 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.). Beverages and treats included in ticket price. Downstairs seating $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Upstairs seating $35. Purchase tickets at PetalumaMuseum.com or call 778-4398.

THE GREAT BLACK MIGRATION 1910 to 1970: Museum exhibit – Opens on Thursday, Feb. 7. Runs through the month of February.

Through vivid photographs and gripping stories, this new exhibition shows how the center of black social, economic, political and cultural life shifted from the rural south to the northern states and cities. Free to the public.

The museum is open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20 Fourth St.

CHILDREN’S STORY TIME – Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children welcome, but a parent must accompany all kids. Free. At the museum.

SHARON McGRIFF- PAYNE: Lecture – Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. A storyteller and self-described “history sleuth,” McGriff-Payne is the author of “John Grider’s Century: African Americans in Solano, Napa and Sonoma Counties, 1845-1925. She’ll be telling the remarkable story of John Grider, a veteran of the Black Flag Revolt. Free. At the museum.

41st ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM – Saturday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. This year’s program carries the theme “The Great Black Migration,” and includes a special tribute to Aretha Franklin, the late singer and “Queen of Soul.” New Life Fellowship Church auditorium, 1310 Clegg St. Free.

ANNUAL GOSPEL HOUR – Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m. A number of local churches will participate in this popular celebration of gospel music. Petaluma Christian Church, 1160 Schuman Lane. Free.

DR. MARTHA C. TAYLOR: Lecture – Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The author of “From Labor to Reward,” Dr. Taylor is an expert on the religious experiences of black Americans in the Bay Area from 1849 to the 1970s. Escaping the restrictions and dangers of the segregated south, many folks came west, only to find a similar set of obstacles here in Northern California. Free. At the museum

Winter Jewelry Workshops at Petaluma Arts Center with Denise Ward

February 17, “5000 Year Old Bracelet, first class at Petaluma Arts Center with Denise Ward

February 17, “5000 Year Old Bracelet, first class at Petaluma Arts Center with Denise Ward

New jewelry classes are set to start next month at Petaluma Arts Center. I’m teaching four classes and these will be fun, informative, productive and delicious. Come join the fun! ~ Denise

 Petaluma Arts Center 230 Lakeville St ▪ Petaluma CA. 94952 ▪ (707)762-5600 www.PetalumaArtsCenter.org ~ ArtsEd@petalumaartscenter.org

All Classes are Sundays, 10:00 - 2:00

Adults/ Session 1  February 17, “5000 Year Old Bracelet”: Wire Bracelet Design A simple and elegant wire-formed bracelet is inspired by ancient designs and will be a joy to wear. Made of brass wire, students form the links to make this unique bracelet. All tools and materials provided.

Adults/ Session 2: March 24, “Egyptian Rings and Bracelets” The original amazing ancient rings are on view at The Louvre in Paris and the Met in New York. The easy designs for these rings are beautiful and made to measure. Students will cut, file, sand and size metals, select stones and create beautiful rings. The bracelets in copper are stamped with decorative designs. All tools and materials are provided.

Adults/ Session 3: April 14, “Color Pencil on Metal”: Pendants and Earrings A beautiful new way to color metal, color pencil designs on metal. Students will design a pendant and earrings using art tools: gesso, fixatives and color pencils. Students will also get elementary jewelry design instruction on earrings, working jewelry tools and materials to design new art in the smallest of forms. Tools and materials are provided.

Adults/ Session 4: May 19, “Metal Tag Jewelry”: Earrings Saving the best for last in the jewelry classes, Metal Tag Jewelry uses all the fundamentals of jewelry making. Students create earrings and bracelets in metals. Using all the fun tools from a jewelry bench, students will file, sand and stamp designs in metals. Oh, the earrings you’ll create! Tools and materials provided.

All tools and materials supplied, and a light vegetarian lunch is included.

$125/PAC members, $115/non-members per class

Sign up at www.petalumaartscenter.org look in EDUCATION for classes

Questions or information: dwardclasses@gmail.com, 707-347 9522

Happy Holidays and the Best of the New Year!


Thank you all for the best year, and the encouraging notes. I love my work and I’m glad you do too!

Celebrating 2018 and welcoming in 2019, WardWorksArt is having a year end sale. 20% off all jewelry from December 24th through January 10th. Using the promo code: FAMILY&FRIENDS, will award you that 20% off.

Thank you for the love! ~ Denise

Cuff links, Music and Fun!


I spend a bit of time working, everyday, 7 days a week. 60+ hours on average. It is the love of work that I can do this. So once in a while, I play: Jazz Mafia’s Heaviest Feather with the Ladies of Hip Hop, SF Jazz Monday Night Band, Marin Theatre Production of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley. I can get enough music for the season at SF Jazz shows Joey Alexander and the Ellington Nutcracker with the Marcus Shelby Orchestra.

I’ve been inspired by the celebration of the holiday season this year. Last weekend at Hotel Petaluma, I worked both craft shows. Spending two days at the place, I got to observe the visitors to their annual Gingerbread House event. It was beautiful: families, couples, young and old enjoying the place, on the sleigh, in the cozy lobby and posing in front of their fabulous Christmas tree. The snow was simply the most fun for the kids, and maybe the hot chocolate. For a few days, and maybe this season, Hotel Petaluma felt like the Heart of Petaluma. To Dustin, Shannon and the staff at Hotel Petaluma, Happy Holidays and thank you for your lovely place.

As the days get closer, I’ve been getting crazy busy and just finished new cufflinks, pendants and earrings to post later today. I think the work gets better as time goes by.

Wishing you all a very Merry and Happy Holiday season and a great New Year. Chaos is a two face view and to embrace the chaos makes change and order and disorder possible. They call it the butterfly effect. Small ideas, motion, creativity have an effect. You are the change you seek.

An on that note, the best to you all,

Love Denise

Thank You Holiday Pals!


This quick holiday season has begun and with a wonderful flurry. I’m busy today removing all the sold items from the website and adding new work as quickly as I can. I want to thank my friends, family and visitors who purchased jewelry treasure from me this month. And today is only December 3rd!! Love you, Denise

Here are my holiday locations for the next few weeks:

Hotel Petaluma’s Brooklyn Boardroom

205 Kentucky Street 

Petaluma Handmade Saturday December 8th 10am-8pm

Holiday Craft Boutique Sunday December 9th 12pm-5pm

Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market Holiday Crafts 

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

DISCOUNTS: ONLINE Discount 10% www.wardworksart.com 

Promo codes: FAMILY&FRIENDS, FREESHIPPING (everyday!)

DISCOUNT IN PERSON: Buy 4, get 1 free!



Holiday Events: Healdsburg Farmers Market November 24

Windrush Farm Holiday Fair December 2, https://windrushfarm.wordpress.com

Hotel Petaluma’s Brooklyn Boardroom

205 Kentucky Street 

Petaluma Handmade Saturday December 8th 10am-8pm

Holiday Craft Boutique Sunday December 9th 12pm-5pm

Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market Holiday Crafts 

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

DISCOUNTS: ONLINE Discount 10% www.wardworksart.com 

Promo codes: FAMILY&FRIENDS, FREESHIPPING (everyday!)

DISCOUNT IN PERSON: Buy 4, get 1 free!

Abundance, Happiness and Good Tidings


A few days before the elections and I’m giddy with the prospect of things being different in the world. I have the belief that goodness comes to save us from evil, and we rise above the dark clouds of injustice everyday to continue doing good things. VOTE.


I have made the best work of my life this last month. New projects include the cufflinks for The Kennedy Center in D.C. which has sparked a men’s line of jewelry. Designing my own posts for earrings in niobium, a real plus for the post earring ladies. New designs are flowing, better work than ever.


I start each day thinking this is the best day I will ever have. It’s so short, this life and time is so valuable. Use it wisely.

Good Tidings:

Oh so many holidays are approaching and I am fortunate to be a part of some of the Farmers Markets in Sonoma County. Look for WardWorksArt at Healdsburg Farmers Market all 4 Saturdays in November at West Plaza Parking Lot, North and Vine Streets, one block west of the Plaza.
8:30-noon. The Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market at 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa all Saturdays in December.

I am wishing you well, hoping you vote your convictions, take kids and old people to polling places and change our world for the better: to be inclusive, loving and strong.


The Holiday Season 2018


Where you can find WardWorksArt jewelry this holiday season!

Farmers Markets

Healdsburg Farmers Market, HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR, November 3, 10, 17, 24

West Plaza Parking Lot
North and Vine Streets,
one block west of the Plaza.
open rain or shine


The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Crafts are year round, rain or shine

50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403 

The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 8;30 til 1, year round, at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market

The Holiday Crafts Fair at Hotel Petaluma

December 9, 10-4pm

205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, California 94952


Warriors!!!! The Kennedy Center The Fall and Thank You!

“Musical Landscapes” my new cufflink design at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Musical Landscapes” my new cufflink design at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Warriors!!!! The Kennedy Center The Best Time of the Year

October 19, 2018DENISE WARD

The Warriors opening week has been so exciting, beating the Utah Jazz for their first meeting this year in a comeback that made people cry. What does that have to do with jewelry? Well…some of the best ideas happen during Warriors games: a one piece niobium post, cufflinks, and cool new holiday packaging for my online shipping. I listen to the games on radio waves. Gets the brain flowing.

So happy to announce a second jewelry project for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I’ve just sent out the most beautiful cufflinks and a special group of earrings designed exclusively for The Kennedy Center. I am honored to be a jeweler working with the lovely people at KCFPA. I also have new work at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in their gift store.

And yes, the holidays are coming. I’m working about 70 hours every week until there is enough. The old saying in the restaurant trade is to work 7 days a week for three years and you will find yourself too successful to only work 6 days. This is the best job I’ve ever had, the hardest job, and the most fun, illuminating, and fulfilling. I am happier working now than I have ever been. And the work is a joy. The clients that wear the art are special people, it’s just a love fest.

I want to thank all the women and men who took the time to look, to stop by my booth for a chat, and shop the website to purchase my art. It has been my pleasure to work for you.

Happy Autumn, VOTE!!




What a Winning Fall!


Yesterday was another fabulous pre-Fall day. I saw Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Tammy Hall, and Jane Bennett and Maqueque - an all women’s jazz group at SF Jazz Center. What a spectacular evening and I had a chance to visit with Eddie and Mad Duran, old friends and really great musicians.

I also had the opportunity to have my jewelry now in Oakland at HARPER GREER. This store has been a favorite of mine since they opened 30 years ago. Really beautiful, colorful and playful clothing for real women. Sizes from 8 to 24, they can meet most women’s needs and wants. If I could, I would only be clothed in their great clothing. It was a pleasure to reconnect, I’ve owned their clothing since they were located South of Market. Look for the announcement about their new store opening later this year in Lafayette.

With a deadline of work for The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and other good obligations, I am in a work whirlwind, and loving every minute of it.

Please register to vote. You have the right to having your voice heard through choice made clear. Vote.

One more day until my favorite season, Autumn!

Cheers! D

PROMO CODES and other notes..


My free shipping PROMO CODE is FREESHIPPING. It’s just that simple.

What are the wires on the earrings? I use niobium ear wires.

Niobium, formerly known as columbium, is a chemical element with symbol Nb (formerly Cb) and atomic number 41. The name comes from Niobe from Greek mythology, who was the daughter of king Tantalus. This was chosen because of niobium's chemical similarity to tantalum. It's also one of the most inert metals, making niobium an ideal hypoallergenic jewelry material for those who have more sensitive skin.


September....The New Season!


Today was a wonderful blustery day with sun shining and lovely people walking around Healdsburg Square. Just around the corner: Hopscotch Gifts and Gallery, a wonderful place to wander, touch, be amazed and purchase amazing fine art and gifts. It’s my new home, you can look for WardWorksArt, now at Hopscotch. If you are in Healdsburg visiting or live in the area, please stop in, well worth the time.

August was so awesome. Jewelry at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Persimmon in Berkeley and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. WardWorksArt is rockin’ at all these locations. The month of September begins a new series of work in brooches, more designs in the Klimt Collection and new work in the “Dali Landscapes”. Salvador Dali, on of my favorites has become a muse to start the new season of jewelry. I’m working on a new group of earrings for The Kennedy, “THE SINGERS” and will preview these ladies at the end of the month.

With all these new locations and special orders, I’m working everyday creating new color combinations, new design. I’m truly grateful for all the wonderful new customers enjoying the art. I thank you for loving the work and supporting a Sonoma County gal. I love this job!



Ahhh…Summer. Lovely weather so far, and loads of time at work. Art Camps at Petaluma Arts Center and Art Escape in Sonoma were fantastic: great kids making great art. Loads of photos to share on Instagram @wardworksart. Wanted to make a transition of the raw to the finished in this blog and

New Adventures, End of a Great School Year, Warriors Playoffs, Art Camps


Jewelry Art Camps with Denise Ward -  PETALUMA, SONOMA, NAPA 

June 4-7  M-Th, 9-3pm  Petaluma Arts Center 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma

Register:  www.petalumaartscenter.org, or call 707-762-5600   $225, includes material fee

June 11-14, M-Th, 9-3pm  Napa Valley College 2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, Napa                   

Visual Arts Center Room 3716, Napa Valley College, Napa, Class #73926                    UVC_StHelena@napavalley.edu  707-967-2901, $225, includes material fee

June 18-22  10-3    Art Escape  17474 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma    

https://artescapesonoma.com, 707-938-5551

July 9-13 Spring Hill Montessori, 825 Middlefield Drive, Petaluma  707-763-9222


It has been a wonderful cool Spring, my peonies are opening and I am enjoying the weather. Cool enough in late May to wear a jacket in the afternoon.                                                           

Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira, my backyard giants!

Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira, my backyard giants!

 I'm sad this time of the year, saying goodbye to the many young faces at school, and realizing that time is fleeting, the kids are growing and changing everyday.  It was a year filled with Impressionism, self-portraits, jellyfish, new art tools to conquer, the celebration of Women Artists and the end of the year field trip with Fourth grade to SF Museum of Modern Art. We had a great time, looking at Louise Bourgoise spiders, and enjoying the large hollow form by Richard Serra.  I learn something every time I work with the kids. Their tenacity, fearlessness and joy makes it all worthwhile.                                                                    


Well, we that live in the Bay Area are lucky. I get to visit San Francisco, usher at SF Jazz Center, my home away from home. I met Carol C. a friend of Yvonne Y. at the Lizz Wright Mother's Day concert. Lovely to make new friends. We have a wonder in the Warriors making to the playoffs again this year.  With a bunch of luck, we will get to the finals. Those pesky Houston Rockets are a force and it will not be easy, but worthy of the efforts my fellas will make to win.Have a great Spring...Summer's just around the bend.. Denise

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