Tack 252 | Houston Llew Spiritile
- Jimmy Dean
- summer 2020
- 8.5 x 5.5 x 2"
- glass enamel on copper, formed around a wood core
Life is a cycle that changes directions constantly. We are all too familiar with this fact! These newly released Spiritiles embody our response to this sudden change. We are embracing our resilience, even opening ourselves up to new perspectives and ideas, and adapting to the new world. Despite this, we find constancy and relish in always finding comfort in the people, places, and things we love.
Cheers to Tacking when you need to, continuing to Drive forward, and never forgetting to Refresh your spirit!
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).