Amanda Ichihashi Jagerman is a San Francisco Bay Area native & a Portland, Oregon-based artist specializing in hand-thrown ceramics & illustration. Her one-of-a-kind carved platters unite visual storytelling with traditional ceramic functionality while her digital & hand-drawn prints celebrate femininity & nature through sacred symbolism.
Her interests lie in translating mythology into the modern day while depicting private & collective spirits, dreams, & stories. Major inspirations include Japanese, Eastern European, & Southwest Native American art & culture as well as urban life, nature, & feminine energy. As a mixed-race person of immigrant parentage, she continually explores shifting, complex & interconnected facets of personal & cultural narratives & identity through the synthesis of eclectic traditions & techniques.
After studying at San Francisco State University she served as an Artist-in-Residence in Anchorage, Alaska & worked for several years as a ceramics laboratory technician, youth developer, visual arts educator, & President of the Ceramics Guild at City College of San Francisco. Recent shows include Symbols of the Sacred (Seattle), Goddess, Awaken ! (Portland), Storycatching / Ghost Prints (Portland) & at Cascade Gallery (Portland) where her ceramic sculptures were awarded "Best 3D in Show." Preparations are underway to curate a show in the Fall 2017 to highlight the voices of youth & elders in Northeast Portland.