Houston Llew Spiritile: 052 Ms.

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"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." - Marilyn Monroe

Molten glass over copper collectible art.

Artist Statement

I was wandering through Neiman Marcus by the shoe department, and this lady's shoe fell like this and I saw a "M" & a "S" (For Ms.)... As I was staring at the shoes when the associate helping her tapped me on the shoulder. I looked up and the poor woman was practically gasping at me; like I was some creep fulfilling a foot fetish...I thought about explaining myself, but instead just sincerely apologized as I left.

Size: Approximately 5¼" x 8½" x 1¾" - akin to the size of a novel
Materials: Glass enamel on copper, formed around a heavy wood core

Every Spiritile is made painstakingly by hand in Houston Llew's studio in Charleston, South Carolina. The glass is applied to one side of the metal using stencils and relying on precise layering with hand sifters. The piece is only fired once. After firing, a rolling pin is rolled over the enameled metal to form intentional crazing marks in the glass. Although it goes against the medium's traditional teachings, Houston says this technique creates increased light refraction, particularly in the transparent glass.

Spiritiles look great alone or in a group. They can be hung on the wall or set on a flat surface without the aid of an easel or stand. They are quite sturdy and can withstand direct sun and covered outdoor environments (we recommend bringing them inside during extreme weather).

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