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001 - Spirit of Muse

"A smile is the light in your window that tells people you're at home." Unknown


Artist Statement

The first thing I ever enameled.  When Zingaro, my mentor, asked, "what do you want to make?"

My first instince was that of a snarky, arogant & ambitous student.  I shot back, "You fancy yourself on the creative level with the all-time greats, I'm just going to steal y'alls tricks.  How about you show me how to capture the emotion of DaVinci's Mona Lisa?"  And he gleefully accepted.  Later that night, defeated & exhausted we summized that for years DaVinci left the piece unfinished out of frustration.  I took our progress and showed my mother... who took out a sharpie, scribbled on the fired enamel metal... and captured it perfectly.  This is actually her rendition of that smile, which was much easier to recreate once she showed me the way & explained why it was so impactful.

This piece holds a special place in my heart, the first sketch to defeat what Hemingway once coined, "The White Bull."  And it took a team effort.  Every Spiritile that came after would be new and different, but this remains "The Muse."  I am still attempting to capture her today.  And each time I do, I get a glimpse of a different smiling emotion from a different inspriting source.


Details & Dimensions

Release Date: November 1, 2008

Collection: Winter 2008

Spirit of Muse Spiritile -#001

  • 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!

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