Houston Llew is a man of deep southern roots, so it’s only natural he’d plant his studio in the vibrant city of Atlanta. Formally educated at Auburn and schooled by the great art museums and masters of the world, Llew dabbled careers in logistics, accounting and poker before finding his true calling – abstracting the levity of life in art.
Every ‘Spiritile’ is handcrafted in Atlanta, from American made copper, glass and wood. Finely ground colored glass is hand painted on copper, then fired by kiln at 1500 degrees. It’s like drawing with sand, Llew says, then toasting it on a very hot fire.
Spiritiles visually share the brilliant moments that make up your unique story. As gifts, they share brilliant moments with the people you love. They can wall hang or stand alone, and will never fade or tarnish.
Beautiful molten glass fired on copper and wrapped around wood, the true gift of Spiritiles lie not only in the detailed and shimmering glass images, but also in the stories written on the sides. There is always a Spiritile that resonates and there is always someone who comes to mind when you pick one up and read it. Everyone loves a good story…
“They’re about being positive,” Llew says. The stories on Spiritiles golden sides are especially selected to capture the enlightened moment. Take a look at The Way Home – “We cannot light another’s path without brightening our own,” says Ben Sweetland accompanied a majestic seaside lighthouse.
Or hear Wallace Stevens echo on the waves of No.065, “Perhaps the truth is found in a walk on the beach.” In red high heels, Marilyn Monroe reminds us on Ms. …if we “give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.” rarely will you find a “no,” “don’t” or other negative on a Spiritile. That the stories remain upward bound is one of the most important aspects to Llew.