Houston Llew Spiritiles: Ragged (Retired)

Houston Llew Spiritiles

“’Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more”
—Johnny Cash

This Limited Edition Spiritile has its own story that inspires, uplifts, and brings a hopeful connection to life. Handcrafted in Charleston, it 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: 

“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when
Washington took it across the Delaware
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing say can you see
And she’s getting threadbare and wearing thin
But she’s in good shape for the shape she’s in
’Cause she’s been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more
’Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag”

These are the lyrics to Johnny Cash’s 'Ragged Old Flag'. They speak in so many ways of Americans resiliency, strength, pride, determination and honor. ‘She goes where she is asked’—we should serve our Country with pride and celebrate the men and women who fight for our freedom on the front lines every day.

With so much question in the World these last few years our flag is a reminder that through the bombs bursting in air to over the foreign lands where the Stars and Stripes have flown over our troops—one thing has remained constant: In God we trust.

Product: 268 Ragged
Dimensions: 5.25"w x 8.5"h x 1.75"
Status: Retired  Availability: Limited
Production Dates: 5.30.22—9.5.22
Release: May 30, 2022, 2022 Limited Edition Spiritile




Houston Llew
Charleston, South Carolina

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.


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