Christmas at The Studio & Co is an event you ought not to miss! Happening on Friday 24 November and Saturday 25 November from 10am to 4pm both days, 200 Marine Parade, Hastings is going to be filled with the magical, the whimsical, the original and the downright creative imaginings of artisans that are exploding in an open celebration of their studio and the goods in it.
It's the place to be for those unique, handmade pieces where many artisans abound. From glass artists, to handmade ceramics; jewellery from a storyteller, a maker and a sculptor; hand dyed textiles, vintage emporium, and a whole lot more, along with coffee and cake and a food truck feast in the courtyard; this is the way to do your Christmas shopping. Enjoy the local wine and beer as you immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounds amongst beautiful, precious things.
L to R Megan Greenwood of Emgee Jewellery, Julie Hamilton the Painter and Stephen Morris - Glass Blower. Sitting - Leisa Wharington
The Studio & Co is the collaborative workplace of Glass Blower Leisa Wharington and Painter Julie Hamilton. Having worked alongside each other for over 10 years, this is their latest venture, a new space; a studio with more creatives joining the tribe. They are Megan Greenwood from Emgee who is a mermaid jeweller who brings dreams to life.
Leigh Houliston from The Captains Table is a Melbourne Potter with an eye for detail, texture and big design.
The Studio & Co is also where you can learn a new skill, leaf through their creations and take home a piece of magic. This is a space created with an open, positive atmosphere for artists and creative minds of all skill levels and mediums to come together, learn and create.
Leisa Wharington and Julie have evolved over 25 years and brought the idea of bringing people together in a beautiful, creative setting at an annual market. Leisa is passionate about creating her glass designs to be adaptable to both modern and traditional settings, without compromising the artwork for mass production or outsourcing.
Her pieces are handmade and no two will ever look the same as they are not manufactured in a factory, mould or jig. This makes Leisa's creations a unique treasure. Glass blowing and dinner events are renown in The Studio. Their Glass Blowing Class on the 2nd of December has already sold out. Leisa and Stephen Morris presents an up-close and personal class to learn about the history of the art and a bit about what makes them unique as artists. Then you take to the tools and make your own pieces to keep forever. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to bask in the company of these creatives at future events.
Megan Greenwood is a silversmith extraordinaire, and Emgee is her alter ego. I am proud to say I own MANY beloved pieces of her handmade creations. She turns her dreams into stories and recreates them into whimsical, imaginative, wearable art. She explores textures and materials to create pieces that feel as if they've been pulled up from the earth, from the ocean or woven by a little bird. You too can obsess over Megan's jewellery and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. She also has an Etsy Store.
Don't miss out on this annual event to meet these and many other creatives in a beautiful space. Come along and talk to the makers of all that is bright and beautiful and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas buying yourself or those you love a truly unique gift. If you absolutely cannot make it, you can contact The Studio & Co and make an appointment to visit their studio for anything you'd like to purchase or to find out about future classes run by them.