Amanda Salov ( she/her )

Artist Statement

Amanda Salov is an artist whose work examines the qualities of a moment, or the idea of a moment in physical form: temporal, fragile and fleeting. These moments are plastic, sometimes they seem to stretch translucent thin, changing in strength and quality. Focusing on the subtle strengths inherent in seemingly delicate compositions, the work is generally comprised of many small components that collectively contribute to a larger, quietly strong singular presence. The artist holds these moments in suspension by exploiting the unique feature of ceramics to retain its former soft, drippy, impressionable states. The goal is for these circumstances to ultimately reveal the strength in fragility to the viewer. Strength and fragility tend to be thought of as opposing qualities. Her work investigates the idea that there may be a false dichotomy in that way of thinking.


Raised in the rural pottery town of Cambridge, Wisconsin, Amanda received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and her MFA from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She has shown work throughout the United States and has earned a number of awards, including the Oregon Art Commission Grant (2013, 2016, 2017), Ford Family Foundation Grant (2016, 2017), a Washington State Artist Trust Grant (2018), and an Allied Arts Grant (2022). Salov has received residencies and teaching opportunities around the globe including at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts in Iceland, Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan, the Archie Bray Foundation, the University of Washington, and the University of Arkansas. She currently manages a ceramic studio in Seattle, Washington and finds mentorship one of the most rewarding parts of her practice.