Stephen Schlanser Art Glass
Steven Schlanser has had a diverse and fascinating background. He has raced motorcycles and modeled for a living. He was raised with a great appreciation for architecture and the arts. This love and appreciation for the arts sparked an interest in glass making. Schlanser worked as an apprentice for the renowned German glass artisan Paul von Domarus for many years. He has since taken the glass medium into unexplored regions.
In the early 90’s he presented his first collection of kiln-fired glass also called fusing; a process by which a plate of glass is formed by heating it to it’s near melting point, then gravitating from its solid state to create vases, plates and bowls. The Egyptian and Persian’s used fusing of glass nearly 4,000 years ago. With the advancement of glassblowing 2,000 years ago, glass fusing became a lost art form only to be rediscovered and revived in the latter half of the 20th century. Each piece is hand cut from high quality plate glass, then placed over handmade molds. Schlanser’s original designs are engraved, slumped, carved and etched. He will spend hours smoothing and polishing edges and for some pieces, sand etching linear, abstract and figurative designs. Because of his high standards of quality, he will reject and destroy around 30 percent of the glass pieces. Once Schlanser has a final product they are signed and dated.
His bowls and vases, in various sizes, feature carved edges that provide contrast with the shiny surfaces of the bowl. Schlanser began working in glass in 1983 and maintains his own studio in Southern California. His work has been shown at major galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
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