Susan Wagner's mission is to bring a new concept to interior design. She has acquired the skills and experience to create fantastic visions in glass and stone, bridging the worlds of gallery fine arts and the functional things we use in daily life.
A native New Yorker, Susan moved to California after receiving a degree in painting and art history from Cornell University. She became a partner in Wagner Construction, and spent ten years designing homes and acquiring hands-on experience in the building trades.
In 1982 she opened her Santa Cruz art studio, and began focusing on architectural art glass. Her work was very well-received, and expanded into free-standing glass and bronze sculpture. This then evolved into wall-mounted art, using her award-winning Art Tiles.
Unusual among artists, Susan's design approach is deeply collaborative, the result of extensive dialogue with her clients and a skilled appreciation of the architectural space itself. She personally guides a project from conception, through design and fabrication, to final installation, a breadth of scope earned by her in-depth artistic background and her earlier architectural and contractors' experience.
Today, Susan’s work spans 30 years of diverse experience in design, fabrication and construction. Her compelling work is found in an wide variety of living and working spaces – in homes, churches, businesses, schools, historic buildings and public spaces. Susan strives to find and reveal the synergy of imagination, practicality, beauty and meaning. Her work is a marvelous addition to any space, enabling light, color and texture to capture imagination and attention.
Past projects include a multiplicity of venues such as:
- Commissions for large-scale sculpture
- Consultation for landscape and interior design
- New construction and remodels using her award-winning tiles*
- Custom designed furniture.
References are available upon request.
- Open Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
- Michelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
- Oswald, Santa Cruz, CA
- Creative Environments, Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, CA
- John Wheatman and Associates, San Francisco, CA
- Dayle Dunn Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA
- Roadhouse Gallery, Davenport, CA
- Cornell University, College of Art, Architecture and Planning
- Centre Internationale de Vitrail, Chartres, France
- Albinas Elskus master glass painting workshops, Oakland, California
- Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting, London, England
- Art Students League, New York City, New York
- Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Splendor in the Glass", January 7, 2014
- Santa Cruz Sentinel: “People” Section, March 24, 2011
- ed+c magazine: The 10th annual LEED Guide, July 2010
- California Home + Design Magazine: New Product Award, March 2008
- Ministry and Liturgy: Bene Award, November 2007
- St. Anthony Messenger: illustrations for St. Clare article, August 2003
- Ministry and Liturgy, Cover Illustration, March 2002
- Glass Craftsman: illustration of Holy Cross Doors, August 1996
- San Jose Mercury News, December 24 and 25th, 1993
- Tracy Press: “Living” Section, July 1989
- Province Magazine: Cover illustration, June 1989