239 'Sterling' Spiritile
"We have always been and always will be friends. That in itself is a tremendous thing." -A.A. Milne & E.B. White
Houston Llew is an enameling artist of his own distinctive genre specializing in glass on copper artworks known as Spiritiles. In his kiln-hot Atlanta studio, each tile is made by hand using ground glass that is painted, then kiln-fired to copper and enveloped around a solid frame. Every Spiritile has its own story wrapped around the sides to match the iconic and inspiring moments drawn from life. These pieces are best enjoyed together in a collection that reflects your unique style and story. They are made to be gifted, collected, and treasured for years to come. Welcome to the family!
One of two very special Spiritiles released in honor of Houston's second-born son. 'Fulfillment' is dedicated from Houston to his child, and is a representation of the wholeness one feels when they have created a family. To view the Spiritiles made in honor of his first-born son, see 184 'Lil Llew under the Retired collection of Spiritiles. Read below for Houston's release announcement of 238 'Fulfillment' and 239 'Sterling.' - "Three years ago, I was scared and overjoyed to welcome my first child into the world. He took life by the wing and pulled my wife and me into a new world, making the face of our days completely new. When we learned we would welcome another child this year, my oldest became so excited to have a friend like him join our family. Along the way, one day I was designing new Spiritiles in my workshop when my son wandered in to see what I was doing. He saw the elephants Spiritile design, loved it (he loves animals!), and asked if he could give it to his soon-to-be-born baby brother. “Of course,” I said. “In fact, you can give him this very first one.” It was his turn to be overjoyed. When the time came for my second son to be born, I wasn’t nearly as scared. My oldest was testament that I could keep a child alive, love them, and teach them to love in return. It is with this feeling of fulfillment and unwavering joy that I release these two Spiritiles as a humble gift - the first from me, the second from my oldest - to the newest love of my life. My son, thanks to you, your mother, and your new best friend of a brother, my life is made complete." - Houston
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Made by hand with USA-sourced copper, glass enamel, and a custom wood box frame.
5¼" x 8½" x 1¾" - akin to the size of a novel.