Houston Llew Spiritiles: American Heroes

Houston Llew Spiritiles

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” —Winston Churchill

Every Spiritile has its own story that inspires, uplifts, and brings a hopeful connection to life. Handcrafted in Atlanta, each is made with finely ground colored glass that is handpainted, fused to copper in a kiln at 1500 degrees, and then wrapped around a wooden frame (see more here). Spiritiles can be hung on the wall or displayed freestanding, and withstand direct sun, humidity, and even outdoor conditions. Care and hanging information here.

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Artist Statement About This Piece: This piece is a somewhat modern yet timeless enameled interpretation of Childe Hassam’s 1917 painting “Avenue in the Rain.” The original painting is in the permanent art collection of the White House and has graced the Oval Office over several recent presidencies. It is one of my favorite patriotic pieces ever created. The piece embraces the strength of national unity. The water hints at ominous challenges, while American Heroes stand guard over those who are forced to shelter down under cover from the metaphorical storm. The flags proudly protect us & bring us back together to overcome the obstacles thrown in our path by elements beyond our control. And what better story to put with it than that of a man who recognized & was eternally grateful for the sacrifices frontline Americans made for humanity? I doubt either Mr. Hassam or Mr. Churchill would mind me spinning my own creative style by smashing them together, a bit out of context, and into something new. Ingenuity is, after all, the American way! I call this piece American Heroes. It is dedicated to ALL American Heroes. From front line workers to our veterans, our doctors and nurses and our fearless leaders... the world owes you a debt that can never be repaid. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifices. To honor those who continue to serve and to further their legacy, we are donating a portion of the proceeds from each American Heroes Spiritile sold from now until Labor Day 2020, to the Gary Sinise Foundation. During this public health crisis the Gary Sinise Foundation Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service is providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment, financial assistance to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted. Thank you for your continued support and God Bless America!

Product: 251 American Heroes
Dimensions: 5.25"w x 8.5"h x 1.75"d 
Release: May 7, 2020, Surprise Summer 2020 Release

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ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Houston Llew
Atlanta, Georgia

Through fortuitous circumstances, Spiritiles creator Houston Llew met the master enamelist Zingaro and learned the craft of glass enameling. His artistry has evolved from enameled imagery to a combined image and story design. This has become the cornerstone of his work.


Type: MDMIS


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