Maria and Roberto


Whether placed in public plazas or staged in shadow boxes, the arc of Ms. Jaffe’s career  is distinguished by unconventional combinations of handcrafted and found materials. Using a keen sense of color and composition, her vibrant collages and mosaics integrate eclectic elements such as vintage keepsakes and fine china with blown glass and fired clay to create whimsical arrangements. Jaffe engages diverse audiences on multiple levels: nostalgic narratives and historical tributes evoke personal memories and community pride; topiaries of sculpted ceramic flowers inspire an appreciation of the natural environment; assemblages of popular products spark cultural critique.

Jaffe was born and raised in New York.  She studied glass and ceramics at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1980. She founded Germantown Glassworks with a classmate which produced functional pieces exhibited and sold in galleries and retail stores across the nation.

Jaffe’s studio practice and subject matter evolved after her move to Miami in the early ‘90s. The region’s bright hues and subtropical climate made mosaics an optimal medium as she began to pursue larger pieces with a more enduring presence, while continuing to exhibit in group shows at museums and galleries around the country. For the past two decades she has also worked as an accomplished public artist.


Principal, Jaffe Studios
Principal, Germantown Glassworks

Public Art in Process

Optimist Park, Miami Lakes, FL
Bernstein Park, Key West, FL

Pre-Qualified Rosters

City of Palo Alto pre-qualified artist pool
City of Key West pre-qualified artist pool
Resident Fellow, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL


Avenue D Roudabout, St. Lucie County, FL
Dick’s Sporting Goods, Boynton Beach, FL
Franklin Hotel, New York City, NY
Goldfarb Associates, Miami, FL
Holtz Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
James Royal Palm Hotel on Miami Beach, FL
Lealman Park, Pinellas County , FL
Liberty City Health Center, Dade County, FL
MSM Property Development, Port Washington, NY
Miami Country Day School, Miami, FL
Pinnacle Housing, Miami, FL


Long Beach Island Foundation, Long Beach Township, NJ
Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, Pompano, FL
Martin County All Florida Exhibition, Vero Beach, FL
Coral Gables Museum of Art, Coral Gables, FL
Art Wynwood, Miami FL
Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art 61st Biennial, Boca Raton, FL
Museum of Florida Art Biennial VI, Deland, FL
Audubon House Sculpture Garden, Key West, FL
Lee Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausaw, WI
Attleboro Museum of Art, Attleboro, MA
Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, Lake Charles, LA Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA
Nicolayson Art Museum, Casper, WY
Art Basel, Miami, FL
Hardcore Contemporary Art Space, Miami, FL
The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
Dylan’s Candy Bar New York, NY
Government Center, Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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