Ragged #268 – “‘Cause she’s been through the fire before and I believe she can take a whole lot more.” ~ Johnny Cash
This Limited Edition Spiritile retired Labor Day 2022.
“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 American’s 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.
Spiritiles have and always will be American Made and American sourced. We love our country and we are proud of where we come from! One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Every Spiritile by Houston Llew is handcrafted in either Atlanta, GA or Charleston, SC. From American made copper, glass and wood. Finely ground colored glass is hand-painted on copper, then fired by kiln at 1500 degrees. It’s like drawing with sand, Houston says, then toasting it on a very hot fire.
Spiritiles visually share the brilliant moments that make up your unique story. As gifts, they share brilliant moments with the people you love. They can wall hang or stand alone, and will never fade or tarnish.
Tile Size: 5.25 X 1.75 X 8.5 inches.
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About the Artist:
It is not a simple task to branch out from an established medium and create something new. Late night hours, artist wages, and ramen noodles join the blood, sweat, and tears of growing a new art concept from a classic medium. But all of the hard work and long hours can pay off when combined with a vision for telling stories in enameled wall art. Houston Llew started his venture inside a hot garage in Atlanta in the summer of 2008- at the depths of the worst recession since the Great Depression.
A combined vision for art and an eternal optimism turned a dreary economic situation into an opportunity as Spiritiles deliver a beautifully handmade art product to a market looking for affordable pieces to show their fine art collectors. Today, Houston no longer makes Spiritiles out of a garage -“Llewtopia,” as he calls it, is an expanding art studio near downtown Atlanta employing ten full-time artists and artisans as of October 2013.
Each Spiritile is carefully handmade using a series of intricate stencil techniques. From the beginning, Houston’s vision for his enameled artworks drew from the beauty of simplicity. He sought after an imagistic theme for his work rather than pursuing the abstract often seen in other enameled wall art. The image is just the beginning – each piece is paired with a quote sgraffitoed around the sides to create an inspiring story through words and images in glass.