About the Artist
Houston Llew is a man of deep southern roots, so it's only natural he'd plant his studio in the vibrant city of Atlanta. A graduate of Auburn University, he dabbled with careers in the corporate world before finding his calling...abstracting the levity of life in art.
Houston began his artistic journey at age seven when he wandered away from his parents at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Happily, he was soon found sitting on a bench near the Botticelli painting 'Annuniciation,' sketching it quietly in his notepad.
Every Spiritile is handcrafted in Atlanta, USA from American made copper, glass and wood. Finely ground colored glass in hand-painted on copper, then fired by kiln at 1500 degrees. It's like drawing with sand then toasting it on a very hot fire! Watch video on how they are made below
The fine cracks that appear on each Spiritile are intentional, and are unique to each piece - making every single Spiritile a unique work of art.
Every Spiritile is handmade according to the same dimensions following the golden mean ration. Houston often likes to say that these artworks are "created as windows of the enlightened spirit."
Video: How Spiritiles Are Made
Enameling in Less Than 3 Minutes
Houston demonstrates the basic concepts, processes, and techniques of vitreous enameling (glass fired to copper) that go into making Spiritiles.
There are at least four new collections annually that are released seasonally—Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. There is a unifying theme among the Tiles of each release, and each release has anywhere from 3 - 6 new tiles. In addition to the seasonal releases, there are typically a few limited edition and special releases scattered throughout the year, including a special Holiday tile available at the end of the year. Every collection and release is announced via email, so be sure to join our email list by clicking Join VIP at the top of this page and watch your inbox! New tiles are on display in any of our three locations.
The Holiday Tile
Every year on November 1st, Houston releases a very special tile that illuminates the warmth and joy that comes from the holiday season. Spiritile collectors eagerly anticipate the big reveal! This is the most coveted of all Spiritiles. The holiday tile has a limited production run through December 31 of the same year. Shop the Holiday Tiles.
With every new collection released, other Spiritiles are retired. They will not fade and are created to endure for generations. To collectors, Spiritiles visually share the brilliant moments that make up the unique story of life. As gifts, they share brilliant moments with the people you love.
Current Spiritiles still in production are priced at $129 and increase in value to $175 when they first retire. Upon retirement, they increase in value since production has ceased. What remains in the marketplace, as reported by authorized retailers, helps determine the value of retired Spiritiles. We have sold retired Spiritiles for as much as $650! WOW! Be sure to grab your favorites before the prices go up! Please contact us if you're trying to locate a retired Spiritile that we do not have in stock; We will try and locate one for you.
All Spiritiles ever made appear on our website. View our Retired section to see current values.
Retired Spiritiles: Joy - Spiritile #102 and Charmed - Spiritile #55 valued at $600 each as of 10/28/2017
The Giving Tree Gallery team worked with Houston and team to create an exclusive Spiritile. It speaks to our love for the city of New Orleans, as told by Noble Prize laureate, Bob Dylan, "Everything in New Orleans is a good idea."
Custom tiles are available to you! Have a favorite quote that you want to wrap around a Spiritile? Or pair with a unique image? We are happy to provide quotes and time lines on your project. Here are two options:
- Choose your own quote Add a quote of your choosing to any active Spiritile edition image (non-retired). Your quote will replace the quote on the Spiritile. Email us the Spiritile and quote you’d like to use. $395 for 1 tile and custom quote set up, $129 per tile thereafter.
- Choose your own custom image AND quote Minimum order of 50 tiles. Please email us for more details.
Each Spiritile ships in a gift box.
From Our Customers
I love the Houston Llew Spiritiles. They come in a wide variety of styles and are all beautiful. They make great gifts. I am now a number one mother-in-law because of the Houston Llew Spiritile that I bought my daughter-in-law for her birthday.
The Spiritiles are so beautiful in person. It is such a creative idea and nice to support an artist with a unique idea and talent. The Giving Tree had a large selection and made it easy to decide to go with their store. The shipping was fast and easy as well.
The Spiritiles by Houston Llew are very unique. A friend got me started by giving one to me for my birthday and I was instantly hooked. The themes offered by the artist are numerous and so fun to browse through all the choices. No matter who you know, there is something that relates to everyone. These are my most treasured pieces of art as it has a personal meaning.
I received a Spiritile by Houston Llew for my birthday and I could not wait to share his talent. I am a collector of Sid Dickens tiles and love the variety that the Spiritiles add to my collection.
The Spiritiles are terrific. Make a wonderful gift - for others and myself (I have 4 for me)!!
My niece just had her first baby. The Spiritile "Hello" was the perfect gift!
I purchased a Houston Llew tile and absolutely love it! It is so reflective when light hits it and looks beautiful hanging in our kitchen. I also liked how quickly I received it (2 days).
I purchased a Spiritile by Houston Llew. I will tell you these are a must have! The only problem is there are so many to choose from it's a tough decision. The good news is there is no wrong choice! If you are looking for a special unique gift this is your answer.
A Spiritile engagement! This lovely couple was so moved by the tiles, they pledged their love to each in front of the display!" - Royal Street location, New Orleans