Houston Llew

Artwork

Sweet Spot ~  “Home …the spot on earth supremely blessed, a sweeter spot than all the rest.” - Robert Montgomery

Houston Llew

Sweet Spot ~ “Home …the spot on earth supremely blessed, a sweeter spot than all the rest.” - Robert Montgomery

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Guiding Light ~ "Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: yours is the darkness of my soul's return - you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars" E.E. Cummings

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Guiding Light ~ "Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: yours is the darkness of my soul's return - you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars" E.E. Cummings

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Americano ~ "You are like a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning." -Unknown

Houston Llew

Americano ~ "You are like a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning." -Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Delicacy ~"Be a cupcake in a world full of muffins."  - Unknown

Houston Llew

Delicacy ~"Be a cupcake in a world full of muffins." - Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Sea Worthy ~ "A ship is safe in harbor - but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

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Sea Worthy ~ "A ship is safe in harbor - but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Sterling ~ "We have always been and will always be friends. That in itself is a tremendous thing."-A.A. Milne and E.B. White

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Sterling ~ "We have always been and will always be friends. That in itself is a tremendous thing."-A.A. Milne and E.B. White

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Fulfillment ~ "You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete." - George Strait

Houston Llew

Fulfillment ~ "You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete." - George Strait

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Corduroy ~ "Life is a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." - Paulo Coelho

Houston Llew

Corduroy ~ "Life is a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." - Paulo Coelho

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Aspire ~ "The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." - Vince Lombardi

Houston Llew

Aspire ~ "The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." - Vince Lombardi

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Canvas ~  "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."- Neil Gaiman

Houston Llew

Canvas ~ "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before."- Neil Gaiman

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Untamed ~ "A life lived wild, is a life well lived."- Carrie Wild

Houston Llew

Untamed ~ "A life lived wild, is a life well lived."- Carrie Wild

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Incandescent ~ "If your curiosity could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world." - Nikola Tesla

Houston Llew

Incandescent ~ "If your curiosity could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world." - Nikola Tesla

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Elysian ~ "Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there" - Rumi

Houston Llew

Elysian ~ "Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong there is a field. I will meet you there" - Rumi

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Euphony ~ "Art is how you enrich your space. Music is how you enrich your time." - Unknown

Houston Llew

Euphony ~ "Art is how you enrich your space. Music is how you enrich your time." - Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Fresh Ride ~ "My favorite thing to do is go where I've never been." - Diane Arbus

Houston Llew

Fresh Ride ~ "My favorite thing to do is go where I've never been." - Diane Arbus

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 175 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 444.50 cm)

$149

Chrysalis ~ "A possibility was born the same day as you." - Marcus Solero

Houston Llew

Chrysalis ~ "A possibility was born the same day as you." - Marcus Solero

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Lucky Find ~ "Love and luck thrive where they grow wild and free." - Unknown

Houston Llew

Lucky Find ~ "Love and luck thrive where they grow wild and free." - Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

On Point ~  "What seems challenging now will someday be your warm-up." - Unknown

Houston Llew

On Point ~ "What seems challenging now will someday be your warm-up." - Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Turner Heart II ~ "I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)." - E.E. Cummings, website

Houston Llew

Turner Heart II ~ "I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)." - E.E. Cummings, website

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Dreambound ~ "Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams." - Henry David Thoreau

Houston Llew

Dreambound ~ "Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams." - Henry David Thoreau

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Family Tree ~ "Other things may change us, but we start and end with family" - Anthony Brandt

Houston Llew

Family Tree ~ "Other things may change us, but we start and end with family" - Anthony Brandt

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Sea Mate  ~ "In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with." - Charles M. Schultz

Houston Llew

Sea Mate ~ "In life, it's not where you go, it's who you travel with." - Charles M. Schultz

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Stellar ~ "There is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there's life, there is hope." - Stephen Hawking

Houston Llew

Stellar ~ "There is always something you can do and succeed at. Where there's life, there is hope." - Stephen Hawking

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Duet ~ "We are not only lovers, We are the closest of friends" - Simone de Beauvoir

Houston Llew

Duet ~ "We are not only lovers, We are the closest of friends" - Simone de Beauvoir

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Sancerre  ~ "What matters more than the wine is the moment and the friends with whom our wine is shared." Olivier Magny

Houston Llew

Sancerre ~ "What matters more than the wine is the moment and the friends with whom our wine is shared." Olivier Magny

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Cue  Up ~ "Music is my refuge. I crawl into the grooves." Maya Angelou

Houston Llew

Cue Up ~ "Music is my refuge. I crawl into the grooves." Maya Angelou

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Beacon  ~ "The more light you allow within the brighter the world you live in will be." - Shakti Gawain

Houston Llew

Beacon ~ "The more light you allow within the brighter the world you live in will be." - Shakti Gawain

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Terra Incognita  ~ "May your trails be crooked, winding, and dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Edward Abbey

Houston Llew

Terra Incognita ~ "May your trails be crooked, winding, and dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Edward Abbey

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Depth Perception ~ "Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Houston Llew

Depth Perception ~ "Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Schooling ~ "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about" William Saroyan

Houston Llew

Schooling ~ "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about" William Saroyan

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

In the Air ~ "Everyone has oceans to fly...Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?" - Amelia Earhart

Houston Llew

In the Air ~ "Everyone has oceans to fly...Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?" - Amelia Earhart

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Nectar  ~ "Life is the flower for which love is the honey."- Victor Hugo

Houston Llew

Nectar ~ "Life is the flower for which love is the honey."- Victor Hugo

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Our Corner ~  "This is one corner on one planet in a corner of one galaxy...and there is so much to see." - Eleventh Doctor

Houston Llew

Our Corner ~ "This is one corner on one planet in a corner of one galaxy...and there is so much to see." - Eleventh Doctor

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Temptation  ~ "Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is-we'll find it." -Sam Levenson

Houston Llew

Temptation ~ "Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is-we'll find it." -Sam Levenson

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Global ~ "To the world you may be just one person, but... to one person you may be the world." - Dr. Seuss

Houston Llew

Global ~ "To the world you may be just one person, but... to one person you may be the world." - Dr. Seuss

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Perspective ~ "Sometimes all you need is a new perspective." - H. Cooprider

Houston Llew

Perspective ~ "Sometimes all you need is a new perspective." - H. Cooprider

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

In the Moment ~ "Wherever you are be all there." - Jim Elliot

Houston Llew

In the Moment ~ "Wherever you are be all there." - Jim Elliot

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Tidal ~ "Dear Ocean, Thank you for making us feel humble, inspired & salty all at once." - Unknown

Houston Llew

Tidal ~ "Dear Ocean, Thank you for making us feel humble, inspired & salty all at once." - Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Sunset Beach ~ "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." - Van Morrison

Houston Llew

Sunset Beach ~ "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." - Van Morrison

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Brush ~ "The world tells you to hurry. Art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art." - Junot Diaz

Houston Llew

Brush ~ "The world tells you to hurry. Art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art." - Junot Diaz

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Feathered Friends ~ "We have always been and always will be friends. Time can change much, but not that." - A.A. Milne

Houston Llew

Feathered Friends ~ "We have always been and always will be friends. Time can change much, but not that." - A.A. Milne

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Wanderlust ~ "I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list." Susan Sontag

Houston Llew

Wanderlust ~ "I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list." Susan Sontag

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Take Off! ~ "What if I fall? Oh, but what if you fly!" - Erin Hanson

Houston Llew

Take Off! ~ "What if I fall? Oh, but what if you fly!" - Erin Hanson

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

True North ~"Think not that you direct the course of love, for love… directs your course." Kahlil Gibran

Houston Llew

True North ~"Think not that you direct the course of love, for love… directs your course." Kahlil Gibran

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Timeless ~ "You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life." - Coco Chanel

Houston Llew

Timeless ~ "You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life." - Coco Chanel

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Ascent ~ "I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings" Mary Oliver

Houston Llew

Ascent ~ "I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings" Mary Oliver

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Miracle ~ "When you need a miracle, just look at your child and realize you created one." -Unknown

Houston Llew

Miracle ~ "When you need a miracle, just look at your child and realize you created one." -Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Shaken ~ "I like to have a martini, two at the very most. Three I'm under the table, four I'm under the host" Dorothy Parker

Houston Llew

Shaken ~ "I like to have a martini, two at the very most. Three I'm under the table, four I'm under the host" Dorothy Parker

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Turning Point ~"It's funny how day by day little changes, but looking back, everything is different." - C.S. Lewis

Houston Llew

Turning Point ~"It's funny how day by day little changes, but looking back, everything is different." - C.S. Lewis

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Epic Tales ~ "A reader lives a thousand lives." - George R.R. Martin

Houston Llew

Epic Tales ~ "A reader lives a thousand lives." - George R.R. Martin

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Joyride  ~ "If life was easy, where would all the adventure be?"--Unknown

Houston Llew

Joyride ~ "If life was easy, where would all the adventure be?"--Unknown

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Memoir ~ "You will know the true value of a moment when it becomes a memory." -Dr. Suess

Houston Llew

Memoir ~ "You will know the true value of a moment when it becomes a memory." -Dr. Suess

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Alight ~ "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul." - Emily Dickinson

Houston Llew

Alight ~ "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul." - Emily Dickinson

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Bon Voyage ~ "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"Mary Oliver

Houston Llew

Bon Voyage ~ "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"Mary Oliver

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Thanks ~ "People may forget what you said and forget what you did but they will always remember how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

Houston Llew

Thanks ~ "People may forget what you said and forget what you did but they will always remember how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Ms. ~ "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world"  Marilyn Monroe

Houston Llew

Ms. ~ "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" Marilyn Monroe

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Bubbly ~ "May all your joys be real joys and all your pains, champagne." - Anonymous

Houston Llew

Bubbly ~ "May all your joys be real joys and all your pains, champagne." - Anonymous

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

In Tune ~ "Life and love go on. Let the music play." - Johnny Cash

Houston Llew

In Tune ~ "Life and love go on. Let the music play." - Johnny Cash

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Tickled Ivory ~ "Life is like a piano. What you get depends on how you play it." - Tom Lehrer

Houston Llew

Tickled Ivory ~ "Life is like a piano. What you get depends on how you play it." - Tom Lehrer

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Hello! ~ "To have a child is to make the decision that your heart will forever walk outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone

Houston Llew

Hello! ~ "To have a child is to make the decision that your heart will forever walk outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone

Glass emamel on copper and a custom wood box frame

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Wing It ~ "Don't get your feathers ruffled over little things. Just wing it." - Anonymous

Houston Llew

Wing It ~ "Don't get your feathers ruffled over little things. Just wing it." - Anonymous

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 2 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 5.08 cm)

$149

Aloft  "To our children we give two things: one is roots, the other wings." - Hodding Carter

Houston Llew

Aloft "To our children we give two things: one is roots, the other wings." - Hodding Carter

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

Incomparable "Of all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you." -Andrew McMahon

Houston Llew

Incomparable "Of all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you." -Andrew McMahon

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$200

All In  "Life is more than holding good cards; it's about playing your hand well." - Robert Louis Stevenson ~Retiring Tile

Houston Llew

All In "Life is more than holding good cards; it's about playing your hand well." - Robert Louis Stevenson ~Retiring Tile

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$200

Thoroughbred "To ride a horse is to ride the sky." - Unknown ~ Retiring Tile

Houston Llew

Thoroughbred "To ride a horse is to ride the sky." - Unknown ~ Retiring Tile

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$350

Spirit of the Muse ~ "A smile is the light in your window that tells people you're at home." - Anonymous

Houston Llew

Spirit of the Muse ~ "A smile is the light in your window that tells people you're at home." - Anonymous

Glass enamel on copper and custom wood framed box.

8.50 x 5.25 x 1.75 in (21.59 x 13.34 x 4.44 cm)

$149

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Houston Llew
Houston Llew Artist Statement: Houston Llew is an artist of vitreous enameling, blending glass and copper to form luminescent works featuring a harmony of depictions and quotes that capture the meaningful moments of life. Each work is designed to tell a story. His works are all created by hand at the Houston Llew Studio in Atlanta by him and his team of apprentices, who create enameled art under his training, guidance, and design direction. Houston's preeminent works are called Spiritiles, found in significant collections in homes and galleries across North America. Houston Llew Bio: Houston started enameling in a hot Atlanta garage in 2008, after finding himself unemployed in the middle of the great recession and in need of an artistic medium of his talents. Through fortuitous circumstances, Houston met the master enamelist Zingaro and followed him around, shadowing the artist around his studio until he gave Houston the keys to enameling that would later evolve into his first work - Spiritiles. For months he spent every waking hour over a kiln, experimenting, sketching, living on only "ramen and beer." Houston says that the only reason his art exists today is because he had no other option - no job to fall back on, no security other than what he could create himself. This tenacity kept Houston going so that when one thing wouldn't work, he would step back, retool, and try a new path. Houston is infamous for "spitballing" ideas and trying seemingly crazy things just to see if they work. By harnessing that constant experimentation, his artistry evolved from enameled imagery to a combined image and story design. From the beginning, what pushed Houston forward was the uplifting thoughts and musings. This became the cornerstone of his work- create art that inspires, uplifts, and brings a hopeful connection to life. About Spiritiles: Houston’s work in enameling is based on his belief that meaningful art is about emotion. Thus, every Spiritile created reflects a piece of our story. These icons stretch our memory and bring to mind the people we love, the things we cherish, and the passions we pursue. When collected, Spiritiles become a montage of moments that make us smile, laugh, remember, and dare to dream. When Houston first started his artistic journey, he sought a medium to animate this inspiration. Vitreous enamel, the art of glass heat-fused to metal, is as ancient as Mesopotamia, with infamous historical artworks in royal jewelry and imperial treasures. It is an illustrious but little known medium that Houston cast in a new form. With its metallic base as canvas and its myriad glass colors as “paint”, what makes this work unique is the story wrapped around the sides of each piece. Some Spiritiles quote authors and poets, other philosophers and fellow aritists, but every piece is designed to speak to our life and reach our emotive self. How They Are Made: Each Spiritile is crafted first by laying powdered glass, or “frit,” onto a perfectly cut copper canvas, using a series of stencils for each layer of color, playing cards, and hand sifters to carve out the design. Once delicately aligned and layered, the glass and metal is carefully placed in the red-hot kiln to keep the glass from shifting, and timing is of utmost importance. Once fired, the enameled piece is removed from the kiln and cooled under a planchet. The natural “crazing marks” that occur in enamel increase the luminescence of the glass. By rolling a pin over the surface of each piece after cooling, the light refraction in the glass increases and the enamel becomes malleable enough to frame. Discovering how to wrap enamel in three dimensions around a frame was one of Houston’s most significant design achievements. By using a thin sheet of copper and precisely aligning the glass edges, each Spiritile is molded and affixed to a solid wooden frame, wrapping the story, author, and Houston’s signature around the sides. Enamel Care & Use: CARE: Enamel artwork is best polished with household glass cleaner and a soft cloth. DISPLAYING: These delicate yet durable artworks are made to last, resist fading, shine under light, and fire up a meaningful conversation. Spiritiles can stand up on a flat surface or hang on a prized wall. They can stand alone, but love company. Each piece is sized the same to mix and match for a collection that tells your story. HOW TO HANG: Drywall screws work great! When affixing the screw, leave a ¼" lip to rest the frame's hollow on the screw head. The artwork will sit securely and flush with the wall. When hanging multiple pieces, the ideal spacing between screws is 7¼" horizontal and 10½" vertical.
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