Veruska Vagen

Veruska Vagen

Originally a painter, Veruska Vagen spent years living in the Southwest where she maintained a studio and worked in oil, watercolor and mixed media. The course of Vagen’s life changed when her glass enamel work brought her to the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Vagen moved to Stanwood in 1993 and served 12 years with the William Morris Studio, during which time she developed a unique mosaic technique called dot de verre.

In the rich tradition of ancient mosaics, Vagen’s current work often focuses on the portrait in a contemporary kiln-fired glass format. Inspired by art history, an intriguing visage or compelling character, she sees the individual countenance as offering a timeless form of communication and relationship. Vagen states: “The emotional vocabulary of faces remains unchanging over time, a shared language that gives a gift of enabling us to recognize ourselves in each other.”

Vagen has had a number of solo exhibitions most recently at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA. Her work is found in many notable collections in the US and abroad.

the black hat by Veruska Vagen

The Black Hat

Kiln-fired glass
15” x 10” x 1.5”

Shakespeare by Veruska Vagen

Shakespeare

Kiln-fired glass
17” x 11” x 1.5”

Miranda by Veruska Vagen

Miranda

Kiln-fired glass
20” x 15” x 1.5”

Vincent in Paris by Veruska Vagen

Vincent in Paris

Kiln-fired glass
15” x 10” x 1.5”

Black and White by Veruska Vagen

Black and White

Kiln-fired glass
14.5” x 14.5” x 1.5”

Boston Terrier by Veruska Vagen

Boston Terrier

Kiln-fired glass
14.5” x 10” x 1.5”

Brace of Terriers by Veruska Vagen

Brace of Terriers

Kiln-fired glass
13.5” x 15” x 1.5”

Peace by Veruska Vagen

Peace

Kiln-fired glass
13.5” x 15” x 1.5”

Red Carpet by Veruska Vagen

Red Carpet

Kiln-fired glass
13.5” x 16” x 1.5”

The Cavaliers Pet by Veruska Vagen

The Cavalier’s Pet

Kiln-fired glass
11.5” x 14” x 1.5”

West Highland White Terrier by Veruska Vagen

West Highland White Terrier

Kiln-fired glass
14.5” x 9.75” x 1.5”

Sleeping Dog with Terra Cotta Jug by Veruska Vagen

Sleeping Dog with Terra Cotta Jug

Kiln-fired glass
16” x 15” x 1.5”