Yuletide 244 - 2019 Holiday Spiritile | Houston Llew Spiritile
"Christmas is love in action."
- Dale Evans
- retiring December 31st, 2019
- 8.5 x 5.5 x 2"
- glass enamel on copper, formed around a wood core
- production dates: 11.4.2019 - 12.31.2019
During the holidays, we draw closer together to act on our love. Christmas is returning home to a wonderland where we are all children again. It is a return to the grander acts of kindness and joy we wish for all year long, and to the assurance that life is full of hope and getting brighter every day.
This ‘Yuletide’ Holiday Spiritile is about that returning, not only to each other, but also to the knowledge that we can profess our love in word and deed, savor the peace of wintertime, and delight like children in each moment we experience with one another.
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).