Aspire 235 | Houston Llew Spiritile
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” - Vince Lombardi
Suspended above the earth, partway through the ascent, a question enters the mind: Am I prepared to make the summit? Despite the readying before the climb, doubts about our capacity to reach the top creep in. When we imagine the man at the top of the mountain, what we see is the summit. What we miss is the aspiration and dogged work despite the doubt. At the moment of mental stalling, to continue climbing, we focus not on reaching the top, but reaching past our doubt and taking the next step.
- Summer 2019
- 8.5 x 5.5 x 2"
- 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).