Feathered Friends 172 (Retired) | Houston Llew Spiritile
"We have always been and always will be friends. Time can change much, but not that." - A.A. Milne
- retired January 31st, 2022
- collection: Fall 2015
- 8.5 x 5.5 x 2"
- production dates: 8.26.15 - 1.13.22
- glass enamel on copper, formed around a wood core
Every Spiritile is made painstakingly by hand in Houston Llew's studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The glass is applied to one side of the metal using stencils and relying on precise layering with hand sifters. The piece is only fired once. After firing, a pin is rolled over the enameled metal to form intentional crazing marks in the glass. Although it goes against the medium's traditional teachings, Houston says this technique creates increased light refraction, particularly in the transparent glass.
Spiritiles can be hung on the wall (they look especially impactful in groups), displayed freestanding, and even withstand high humidity, direct sun and covered outdoor environments (we recommend taking them inside during cold winter weather).