Beginning as an apprentice for the renowned German glass artisan Paul von Domarus Stephen later opened his own art glass glass studio. In 1990 he presented his first collection of kiln-fired glass shaped by heating near melting temperature, then gravitating from its solid state to form the shapes in the Schlanser Design collection.
Has a diverse and interesting background. Essentially self-taught, his occupations range from racing motorcycles to modeling to creating both stained glass art and slumped glass art. for over 17 years Stephen has been making stained glass as well as his current style of slumped, etched and sandblasted glass. He was drawn to glass while working as an apprentice to the renowned German artisan, Paul Von Domarus and later opened his own studio. Later he began working with hot glass formed in a kiln and set the stage for his current designs.
Each piece starts from a piece of sheet glass which is carefully shaped inside a closed kiln after being heated to a melting temperature. After each piece is allowed to cool, it is handcut and polished on a diamond wheel. Stephen begins with a hand drawing, are then cut and many are high pressure sandblasted.
All of Schlanser’s designs are copyrighted ensuring that they cannot be duplicated. This adds to the authenticity of value of each piece. Schlanser’s art has been shipped to over 35 countries and has been commissioned by numerous collectors and corporations: Coca-Cola Company, Disney Corporation, CB Commercial, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Arnold Schwarznegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and many others.