Julie, an artist and a mother of two, graduated Brandeis University with a double major in Fine Art and Psychology. She has designed jewelry, painted furniture and paintings. Her current group of etched glass inspirational gifts (Magic Stones®) has evolved into a full time business. Ron, her business partner and husband, fills in the technical side of bringing her designs to fruition.
Magic Stones® were first created for their personal use. They wanted to focus on different aspects of their life that needed improvement, or areas where they wanted more fulfillment. In 1998, the Magic Stones® were featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in a segment called “Remembering Your Spirit.” The segment included the use of Magic Stones® as a parenting tool, as encouragement to rise above fearful situations, and to draw to you events that you desire.
Their products are currently sold in galleries, gift shops, spas and resorts across the country. They make cherished, meaningful gifts.
Stephan Schlanser, who creates original designs in sparkling glass candlesticks, bowls, vases and sculptural works, began working in glass in 1983 and maintains his own studio in Southern California.
Schlanser uses the ancient technique of kiln forming, also called fusing, to create his functional and decorative objects. Because of the process and his own high standards of quality, he rejects about 30 percent of the pieces he makes.
His work has been shown at major galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Stephen’s work has commissioned by Coca Cola Corporation, Disney, Rockwell and R.J. Reynolds. Additionally, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Arnold Schwartznegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis have been recipients of his work.