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Amanda Jaffe

Biography to Display: 


1975 BFA Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

1978 MFA University of Montana, Missoula, Montana


1979-1980 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2007 Artist in Residence, A. I. R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France


1979-1981 Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

1985-2011 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico



Amanda Jaffe is known for producing tile for walls and murals. Each tile begins when porcelain slip is poured into a mold. Jaffe is known to begin manipulating the surface texture even before the piece is removed from the mold. The tiles are often presented as diptychs, although sometimes the division is created by a color change rather than there actually being two pieces. Jaffe’s tiles can include forms drawn from nature such as shells, flowers or leaves applied to the tiles. Flower petals forming flowers, cascading curled leaves or other elements from nature which fill the tile, are retained within a tile frame or cascade across the surface.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Staten Island Zoo, New York, New York

University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas


Bibliography to Display: 

Jaffe, Amanda. “The Staten Island Zoo Murals.” Ceramics Monthly 36, no. 10 (December 1991).

Kane, Suzanne. “The Cultivated Ceramics of Amanda Jaffe.”  Ceramics Technical no. 21, (2005).

Triplett, Kathy, Handbuilt Ceramics. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1997.




Typical Marks
Flowers and Shells
Date: 2016
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 20, 2023.