"We are a natural rhythm machine, we resonate with life beating through our hearts."Mickey Hart
The Story Behind This Tile
As a drummer for the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart was intimately familiar with the natural rhythm that lives within the heart of a musician, and more importantly the rhythm that exists between a band and its community. We experience this microcosm of energy created individually and communally at a live concert when a band is in sync with each other and with the audience. It is representative of who we are - unique individuals journeying through life at our own pace, while drawing together as creative people desiring to experience life as one.
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.