Untamed 233 | Houston Llew Spiritile
“A life lived wild, is a life well lived.” - Carrie Wild
Regal and watchful, the red fox turns its eye directly towards the world and aims to adapt to any environment, being tamed by none. It exists on every continent but one. The fox survives in the rural grasses and the urban jungle, using its cunning instincts to sustain its pups all while keeping the heart of the wild in their paws. We can learn so much from a creature that manages to adapt to a changing world while remaining fundamentally untamed.
- 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).