Sarah Dingwall’s Favourite Things – Working with Leisa Wharington

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 18th November 2010

Today Sarah shows us a deeper glimpse into the talented depths of The Studio in Merricks North. We also learn more about Leisa Wharington who is the heart and soul of The Studio as well as Sarah’s mentor, employer and friend. – Jenny x

Leisa Wharington in her Merricks North studio.

Oh GOLLY! Talk about inspiring. I’m always encouraged after being at the studio. Always!

All photos by Sarah Dingwall

Tasty colours!! Leisa does have an incredible eye for colour.

The wrought iron and glass gate to The Studio

Leisa uses glass in a way that really celebrates the material for what it is; highlighting its’ unique properties. It’s like she’s found this lovely balance between controlling the molten glass with tools, and just letting heat and gravity define each piece.

Leisa’s studio is an incredible place to be a part of – never short of inspiration when I’m around decent company, glass, nature and such things!

Sarah hard at work!

NOW! I need to tell you all about something else Leisa is doing! (Which is also very wonderful – surprise!)

Somers General Store
Full of all kinds of amazing wares, exotic goods, fresh produce and VERY tasty things! And located at one of the greatest beaches ever.

Ooooh my my. Favorite things.

Sarah x

All photos by Sarah Dingwall

by Jenny Butler
Thursday 18th November 2010


  • Meaghan 6 years ago

    More lovely photos! Thank you for sharing :)

  • KAte 6 years ago

    Stunning images and really lovely to see some of the processes Sarah uses.

  • Angela 6 years ago

    the frost glass wings look like quills! i love em! Leisa’s talented!

  • Cameron 6 years ago

    The frosted glass door handle is miraculous!

  • Clare 6 years ago

    I love seeing all the sticks (canes?) of coloured glass before they’re turned into something else. Like lollies, but not.

  • Brendan Hardy 6 years ago

    I love those wing door handles… I so want them… I just have to figure out what room needs a magical glass change over!!! or should it be all rooms??? marvelous!!!

  • kate 6 years ago

    Those jars with feather tops are absolutely gorgeous.
    Somers is also one of my favourite places in the world.

  • kelly 6 years ago

    The farm photos remind me so much of childhood and home what great memories they inspire

  • Bec 6 years ago

    your guest blog has been just so lovely! thankyou.

  • G 6 years ago

    great part of the world

  • Liz 6 years ago

    Many years ago I remember visiting a glass blower’s workshop and being fascinated with the strength and grace needed to blow and mold the glass. I love the curves and grace of so many of the glass creations. Like they were formed by an act of nature. Just lovely. Beautiful photographs too. Thank you.

  • Gill 6 years ago

    I recognise some of the places in the pictures … but I don’t think I’d ever capture them so beautifully.

  • Jessie 6 years ago

    So very beautiful!!!!

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