Circus Tent with votive candle inside
There is no one I know of who is more qualified to make a spirit house than my good friend - aka amazing ceramic artist - Stephen Fleitz; he has dodged a life ending bullet more times than a puffy cat on youtube. From barely being smuggled out of Rwanda during their horrific civil war to completely reversing the direction of a terminal diagnosis given to him by well renowned doctors and then everything in between, he lives having touched the fringes of the spirit world.
Steve recently took an incredible trip to Bhutan with friends that challenged him to tap into his other worldly senses and bring to life a modern version of the traditional Spirit House commonly found in Southeast Asian countries. Having his inspiration in full blom after visiting the temples of the region, Steve soon got to work in his studio in Los Angeles to produce two thoroughly original and charming houses.
Traditionally spirit houses, usually built in the form of a temple, are placed outside a home or business and offer an official residence for the spirits so they don't become pesky little ghosts in your own house - knocking over pots and pans or leaving unexplained chilly pockets of air.
As a modern approach to this tradition, I absolutely love the idea that these houses can exist inside or outside, take on any kind of structure or design and that they are simply a home for the spirits of your family. Having lost both parents and many other family members this concept is nothing short of poetic to me. Enough so to place a commission.
Steve is currently accepting commissions and can work from any design - anyone up for Frank Lloyd Wright Spirit House?
Please email Andriana at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or are interested in commissioning your very own spirit house.