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"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."Elisabeth Foley
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The Story Behind This Tile

"Imagine your friends as a bountiful garden of flowers. Some are annuals - the ones that pop up for a season with a brilliant blast of color and perhaps scatter seeds for a season to come. And some friends are perennials - ones that return time after time to adorn your life with beauty. These friends come back to your garden year after year, each time blooming more full and vibrant than before. These perennial friends you want to keep around no matter how far afield in your garden they go. So you work to nurture those budding relationships through the water of attention, the cultivation of care, and maybe some fertilizer of fun experiences together now and then. Over time their roots go deeper and even more magnificent blossoms burst forth. As these perennial friendships grow stronger, they gain a special place in your garden and your heart. From that kind of friend, you will never grow apart. "

Spiritiles are made by firing glass powders on copper until they become molten and fuse to the copper surface. Each is 8.5'' x 5.5'' x 2'', ready to hang. Along with the image on the front, an accompanying quote appears along the side with attribution on the top edge. Each Spiritile is carefully handmade using a series of intricate stencil techniques. From the beginning, Houston Llew’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. After firing, a pin is rolled over the enameled metal to form intentional crazing marks in the glass.