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What are Spiritiles?
Spiritiles are artworks of glass fused to metal, designed and made by hand at Houston Llew's art studio in Atlanta, USA.  Forged from storytelling, each Spiritile blends an enameled image with a complementing quote wrapped around the image sides.

What makes Spiritiles unique?
Houston Llew is the only maker of enameled collectible art tiles. Due to their handmade nature, each Spiritile created is unique. After painting finely-ground glass onto copper, the piece is fired in a kiln until fused, rolled with a pin to create hairline cracks - called “crazing” - and wrapped around a wooden frame.

What makes Spiritiles wall art?
Spiritiles can stand up on a flat surface, or hang on a prized wall. At the back of the tile there is a circular hole in the frame so that the piece can be mounted onto a wall. Spiritiles are best shown in groups, but they love company. Each tile is sized the same to mix and match for a collection that tells your story.

What makes Spiritiles Collectible?
Houston releases new collections every season, and retires a series of Spiritiles at least twice a year. Some tiles are designed to be gifted, others collected. As the current collection evolves, retired Spiritiles regularly increase in value over time, based on their demand and rarity.

What makes Spiritiles meaningful?
Always drawn to stories that make you smile, think, and laugh, Houston designed Spiritiles to highlight stories in a way that gives you a window into their soul. The combination of image on the front and story on the sides creates a connection, between two artistic mediums of the visual and literary, and to the loved ones it calls to mind. This connection is powerful and lasting. Many Spiritiles become momentous gifts for weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, or mementos of meaningful adventures, while others represent emblems of loved ones’ spirits and memories.

 

Alight
Alight
Alight
Alight
Alight
Alight
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Alight

Regular price $ 149.00

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.--Emily Dickinson*******Full of figurative language, this poem is an extended metaphor. In it, Emily Dickinson is transforming hope into a bird (Dickinson is said to have loved birds) that is ever present in the human soul. It sings, especially when times get rough. This tile illuminates that concept, that Hope has feathers and it can, like a bird, perch in the human soul. Not only is Hope feathery, it can sing!

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Aloft
Aloft
Aloft
Aloft
Aloft
Aloft
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Aloft

Regular price $ 149.00

To our children we give two things - one is roots, the other wings.--Hodding Carter*******Unlike any other before or after, this Spiritile was inspired by the origins of Houston Llew. Houston's mother had a big hand in encouraging him to pursue art, introducing him to the master enamelist Zingaro and offering guidance whenever he felt stuck. Houston designed this tile and used its signature bird in his logo as a dedication to family giving you the roots to grow and the wings to succeed.

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Americano
Americano
Americano
Americano
Americano
Americano
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Americano

Regular price $ 149.00

You are like a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning.--Unknown*******Upon waking, the day opens slowly. We rise out of bed with hazy ideas about our next steps in mind. Stretch, turn on the light, blearily look around, pad out to the kitchen, prepare the morning brew. Wait. Let it steep. Take in the aroma. This first cup of the day is meaningful. It sets the tone for our morning. It can be an experience we rely on to receive the day with delight. Some people in our lives are like this. Spending time with them is a “wake up” and a source of joy. We are rejuvenated by their presence, and grateful for what they bring to our life. Whether it’s a friend, a mentor, a sibling, or a partner, they represent that first cup of coffee, spurring us on to greater days.

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Aspire
Aspire
Aspire
Aspire
Aspire
Aspire
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Aspire

Regular price $ 149.00

The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.--Vince Lombardi*******Suspended above the earth, partway through the ascent, a dangerous question enters the mind: Am I prepared to make the summit? Despite the readying before the climb, doubts about our capacity to reach the top creep in. When we imagine the person at the top of the mountain, what we see is the summit and accomplishment. What we often miss is the mental struggle of solitude and doubt during the climb. Being so close to the mountain the climber is blind to what lay above, but sees so much behind and below to tempt turning back. To succeed we must have faith and take the next visible steps.

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Beacon
Beacon
Beacon
Beacon
Beacon
Beacon
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Beacon

Regular price $ 149.00

The more light you allow within the brighter the world you live in will be.--Shakti Gawain*******

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Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage
Bon Voyage
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Bon Voyage

Regular price $ 149.00

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?--Mary Oliver*******When we’re young, the world is large, it’s open, waiting for us to step in and take up the mantle of its endless possibilities. As we age into adulthood, we unconsciously develop this inverse relationship with the world. We grow, the world and its endless possibilities shrink. Except that isn’t the case at all. Age tricks us into seeing only the opportunities in our immediate line of sight. When we realize the trick for what it is, the periphery lights up, the full range of possibilities we felt when we were young comes back into view. What we do then is up to us.

Being curious, staying delighted by the small things, focusing our attention on what really matters — that’s how we forge our wild and precious life.

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Brush
Brush
Brush
Brush
Brush
Brush
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Brush

Regular price $ 149.00

The world tells you to hurry. Art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.--Junot Diaz*******Quite often our days rush past with a steady blur of deadlines and to-do lists. At the end of it, we mark off the ‘done,’ move others to tomorrow, and start the rush all over again. Two things I know for sure can’t be rushed - one is a rainbow and the other is art. Just like that rare moment when a falling spray of raindrops collides with brilliant rays of sunlight to create a cacophony of color in the sky, the moment a perfect inspiration intersects with the brush or word or melody, the result is more than a sum of its parts. It’s exponential. That peak experience - whether as creator or fortunate recipient - requires only that you lay aside your ‘list’ and open up your senses. Take your time and the art will speak. You can’t rush a rainbow!

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Bubbly
Bubbly
Bubbly
Bubbly
Bubbly
Bubbly
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Bubbly

Regular price $ 149.00

May all your joys be real joys and all your pains, champagne.--Anonymous*******

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Canvas
Canvas
Canvas
Canvas
Canvas
Canvas
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Canvas

Regular price $ 149.00

The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before.--Neil Gaiman*******Few things are quite as daunting as a blank page. The creation process often feels like what Ernest Hemingway coined as "staring down the White Bull." Two dimensional white noise stares back at you, and it becomes tempting to leave the page as is. This is how so many great ideas remain just that: a possibility unrealized. When we mark the first drops and lines of ink on the page, we take the creative bull by the horns. We say "not today!" to our fear and a resounding yes to our hopes, dreams, and ideas. Whatever we create, be it draft, sketch, or finished work, lights up our world.

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Chrysalis
Chrysalis
Chrysalis
Chrysalis
Chrysalis
Chrysalis
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Chrysalis

Regular price $ 149.00

A possibility was born the same day as you.--Marcus Solero*******At birth, it is effortless to see the possibilities. The field is wide open to explore with potential moments and opportunities to grow and make a difference. As time and experience go on, we allow this field to narrow, strangely affording fewer possibilities through. We have this tendency to limit ourselves, thinking that what is possible is now less, when nothing could be further from the truth. Each day, we have the option to limit our chances, or pose "what ifs" and let what it is we need fulfilled in our lives drive our choices. Possibility WAS born the same day as you, but it is also born every day you live.

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Combination
Combination
Combination
Combination
Combination
Combination
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Combination

Regular price $ 149.00

A soulmate has locks to fit your keys and keys to fit your locks.--Richard Bach*******Soulmates work in a strange and beautiful way. Instead of one lock and key, they work like dual locks! In order to have a soulmate, you must also be theirs. It is this interlocking connection that is undeniably unique. Soulmates don’t have to look like each other, their locks and keys may seem wildly different, but they work together all the same. When you find that one of a kind combination with another soul, it feels as though you are seen and heard by someone else and yourself all at once. You can’t help but feel joy when you connect with your soulmate - whether they are your eternal friend or your partner for life - and love is always on the tip of your tongue when they are around.

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Corduroy
Corduroy
Corduroy
Corduroy
Corduroy
Corduroy
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Corduroy

Regular price $ 149.00

Life is a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.--Paulo Coelho*******Surfers spend an inordinate amount of time waiting. Not "doing nothing" as waiting around might be considered. They wait watchfully, learning to recognize the signature curves so that when they choose a wave, it isn't a wave yet. It's a swell with all the signs of curling and creating that gorgeous arc of thrill coursing over the shore. Acting in the right moment means the difference between cruising through the tunnel and being swept under by the crest. The stakes can be high, just like in our life. But the thrill remains. When we see the corduroy of swells turning quickly into waves heading our way, we turn our board toward land, and all we need do is enjoy the ride.

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Cue Up
Cue Up
Cue Up
Cue Up
Cue Up
Cue Up
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Cue Up

Regular price $ 149.00

Music is my refuge. I crawl into the grooves.--Maya Angelou*******There's something so classic to the gentle hum of the record. It doesn't give you the best quality of sound, sometimes it feels as though the music is echoing ever so slightly through a chamber, but none the less the experience of playing songs on a record is tactile, memorable. You connect to the music by gently laying the needle through the spinning groove, and sound responds to your touch. This kinetic and co-created birth of art holds tight to us, wraps us in comfort, becomes our refuge.

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Delicacy
Delicacy
Delicacy
Delicacy
Delicacy
Delicacy
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Delicacy

Regular price $ 149.00

Be a cupcake in a world full of muffins.--Unknown*******A little secret: Houston’s favorite type of cake is cupcake! With his birthday in October, fall becomes the season of cupcakes. One year, he received a GIANT cupcake-cake at the studio for his birthday, but most years he gets boxes of different delicious flavors. Such a dedication to cake in miniature expresses his artistic zeal: that in a world where muffins abound, the artist steps up and says, “How about cake instead?”

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Depth Perception
Depth Perception
Depth Perception
Depth Perception
Depth Perception
Depth Perception
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Depth Perception

Regular price $ 149.00

Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.--Albert Einstein*******

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Dreambound
Dreambound
Dreambound
Dreambound
Dreambound
Dreambound
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Dreambound

Regular price $ 149.00

Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams.--Henry David Thoreau*******This adventure-seeking piece beckons us to journey forward into the life we dream of, to move without fear toward the direction that makes us feel alive. We can use the tools offered us to navigate the path, but the decision on where to go and how to get there is our own. It can be daunting, uncertain. Yet, meeting those feelings with an equal amount of passion for our dreams equips us with just enough awareness of the potential challenges, and sustains our energy to press on.

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Duet
Duet
Duet
Duet
Duet
Duet
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Duet

Regular price $ 149.00

We are not only lovers, We are the closest of friends.--Simone de Beauvoir*******Through cobblestone streets, lovers laugh their way into adventure and mystique under the lamplight, intertwining their time and their lives until two become one, and where one ends, the other has already begun. This one's for the lovers who are the best of friends.

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Elysian
Elysian
Elysian
Elysian
Elysian
Elysian
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Elysian

Regular price $ 149.00

Out beyond the ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there.--Rumi*******In our youth, we aim to prove the "rightness" of our ideas. Scenes of past argument are easy for us to recall, and while at the time those arguments seemed so vital, in reflection they are often inconsequential compared to the importance of our relationship. We wanted to be right, even at the cost of disconnecting from the people we love. Part of our maturity in self comes when we learn what battles are truly of consequence, which ones matter, and what small disagreements we can let go of in order to strengthen those relationships. Rumi speaks to this sense of letting go of our "rightness" in order to meet up with the other and enjoy that field together.

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Epic Tales
Epic Tales
Epic Tales
Epic Tales
Epic Tales
Epic Tales
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Epic Tales

Regular price $ 149.00

A reader lives a thousand lives.--George R.R. Martin*******“Once a reading of a book is under way, and we sink into the experience, a performance of a sort begins…
We perform a book - we perform a reading of a book. We perform a book, and we attend the performance…
It is not that our narratives necessarily tell us something true about the world (though they might), but rather that the practice of reading feels like, and is like, consciousness itself: imperfect; partial; hazy; co-creative…
As readers, we are both the conductor and the orchestra, as well as the audience.”

-Peter Mendelsund, What We See When We Read

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Euphony
Euphony
Euphony
Euphony
Euphony
Euphony
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Euphony

Regular price $ 149.00

Art is how you enrich your space. Music is how you enrich your time.--Unknown*******They say that before the human species discovered language, we painted in caverns. Art came first. There is no way to know for sure, but you could suppose that music did, too. You don't need words in order to sing, or a fancy instrument in order to draw out a beat. Two sticks and a tree stump will do. For millennia, we have enriched our environments and our time with art and music. Art galleries play tunes to create an experience. Music halls are built as stunning architectural monuments to artistic awe. Is it any wonder why we seek art that is meaningful to us, in order to enrich our homes, or that we fill those spaces with melodies that tug at our hearts? Art and music offer us a warmer, richer life.

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Fair Winds
Fair Winds
Fair Winds
Fair Winds
Fair Winds
Fair Winds
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Fair Winds

Regular price $ 149.00

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.--Rumi*******Inevitably, at some point in our lives, situations and circumstances are out of our control. The forces of nature direct the course of events beyond our forecasts, and we are surprised by the unexpected. This is true in every aspect of our lives - in our parenting, our friendships, our work, our travels, and within ourselves. This quote by Rumi is beautifully shown through the dandelion, which holds onto its seeds until it is time to release control, and hope for fair winds to carry its creations to fertile soil.

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Family Tree
Family Tree
Family Tree
Family Tree
Family Tree
Family Tree
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Family Tree

Regular price $ 149.00

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.--Anthony Brandt*******When we're young, family is all we have to start out. They are our first connection, settled deep within our bones, and firmly imprinted upon our memory. As we grow through childhood, family can bother us, embarrass, annoy. We yearn to pull away and become independent, wanting to be known as "our own thing." And perhaps we do. But during this journey, at one point or another, family calls us home, not just physically, but to bond again with our first connection. In the midst of this reconnection, we discover that our home is in multiple hearts, as we find that our family is in our blood, in our love, and in the people we choose to be around.

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Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
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Feathered Friends

Regular price $ 149.00

We have always been and always will be friends. Time can change much, but not that. --A.A. Milne*******

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Fresh Ride
Fresh Ride
Fresh Ride
Fresh Ride
Fresh Ride
Fresh Ride
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Fresh Ride

Regular price $ 149.00

My favorite thing to do is to go where I've never been.--Diane Arbus*******There is a distinct difference between traveling and a vacation. A vacation is intended for relaxation, a respite from the daily grind, usually spent lazily under the sun, or at a dock, or in a recurring family cabin. While vacations sometimes mean wrangling the kids in the car and result in wanting a vacation FROM the vacation, traveling means intentional pushing. Whether alone, alongside a friend, or with family, it often means going someplace never visited before. There is at least some stress in the planning, and a little trepidation in the uncertainty because it's a new place and unfamiliar territory. It's not for the faint of heart. Loving traveling means adopting that uncertainty, and being open to whatever comes your way. Choosing to travel is like riding a bike along cobblestone streets, feeling the handlebars rattle as if they're asking, "What in the world are we doing?" while you navigate new avenues with a hazy idea of a destination in mind, unsure of the terrain, but enjoying the view.

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