amanda jaffe biographical statement
Amanda Jaffe is a professor emeritus at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where she taught ceramics from 1985 to 2011. During her tenure her work focused almost exclusively on ceramic tile paintings and murals, but in 2008 she returned to a sculptural format with the body of work, Turbulent Ocean/Serene places. In addition to smaller works, she has completed three large public art projects in Texas, Washington State and for the Staten Island Zoo.
Amanda received a BFA in ceramics from Indiana University and a MFA from the University of Montana in Missoula. Her teaching career before NMSU includes Ohio Wesleyan University, The Ohio State University, The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the University of Illinois.
Amanda was an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana beginning in 1979 and returning twice in the early 1980s. She continues to live and work part of every summer and fall in Helena.