Houston Llew

Spiritile - cat

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Spirittile - LewcieSpiritiles are the creation of Houston Llew, a highly gifted mixed-media artisan living and working in Atlanta, Georgia.  Age-old and not so age-old sayings of wit and wisdom are presented along with brilliant images created by fusing finely-powdered colored glass to sheet copper in a 1500° F kiln.  The resulting copper “canvas” is painstakingly wrapped around a solid wood block then sealed on the back.  The inscriptions are presented on the sides of the block, the author identified on the top.  Spiritiles are the perfect gift for life’s specialSpiritile - Lewcie moments and can be enjoyed anywhere, even in sunny or humid places where other treasures may wilt. Measuring 8.5" × 5.25" × 1.75", the tiles can be easily wall mounted or kept free standing. They are even happier when grouped together. Each is $129 and is currently available with free shipping.

Creations Gallery is a participant in Houston Llew’s ‘Preferred Gallery’ program which means we have a large number of tiles on display at all times and have immediate access to all currently available Spiritiles.  Creations’ customers can view the entire collection at Houston’s site at www.houstonllew.com then call the gallery to order.

Houston Llew was seven the first time he got lost in the art world.  A boy gone missing at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was found quietly sketching Botticelli’s ‘Annunciation’ in a notepad.  In later years, he shared the same quiet moments in Holland with Van Gogh and with da Vinci at the Louvre.  After graduating from Auburn University, Houston worked in the seaport of Savannah then moved along the Gulf Coast where he kept books for a living and cast netted to keep his sanity.  While journeying westward to Santa Fe, Houston met the artist Zingaro, a master enamellist and heir to the revolutionary enameling techniques of Craig Ruwe and Fred Ball.  Zingaro shared with Houston the precious gift, the luminous medium of glass fired on copper.  Houston now lives in the West End district of Atlanta where he and his artists listen to music while creating the fabulous art of Spiritiles.


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