Spring in St Ives

Images of St Ives in Cornwall, Porthmeor beach & The Island


We have been so lucky with the weather recently here in St Ives.  The Easter holidays were glorious for all the visitors to the town, warm enough for some beach days. Our gallery was only open for limited times this month, as earlier Tim had an operation (he is fine but just needs time to heal!), I would be in my studio making in the mornings then going down to open up in the afternoons.  This seemed to work OK but next week I am away so we will probably have to close for a few days.


4 cats in front of the log burner

Evenings have been a little chilly at Myrtle Cottage so the cats have enjoyed having the log burner lit...a very rare sight of all 4 of them together - they didn't stay like this for long!



I am off back up to Worcestershire to show at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival with the Worcestershire Guild of Contemporary Craft.  We will be in the Wye Hall at the top of the Three counties Showground in Malvern.  The show runs for 4 days & is an excellent (& busy) event.  I will be showing some of my latest creations which include some new sea inspired pieces.

Thursday 5th May - Sunday 8th May 9am - 6pm

seaweed landscape metalwork by Sharon McSwiney

This year I only plan to exhibit at 3 events; this one, The Malvern Autumn Show & an exhibition at the St Ives Arts Club in October.  Unlike a few years ago when I used to be racing around doing shows every month I find I cannot fit it in anymore. Plus I am not sure I have quite so much energy either!


oak leaves being made by Sharon McSwiney
Handmade copper oak leaves


The Oak Project is something which has been ongoing during January & February.  I was approached by artist James Eddy to work on a collaborative installation at the Lost Gardens of Heligan here in Cornwall. If you have never been I would highly recommend a visit - but maybe wait a little while until our project is completed in the next couple of months!  

So I have been creating nearly 500 oak leaves in copper for this piece.  Each one as variation in pattern, colour & texture just like in nature.  They should look amazing when combined with the oak wood that James is working on. There will be more details when we install the finished artwork.

I will be bringing a small collection of oak leaves with me to the Malvern event so visitors will be able to get an insight into how the leaves will look.


Gallery on the Square in St Ives interior


We hope the gallery will be back to normal opening hours as soon as possible!

Once again apologies for the lack of metalwork pieces available on the website - it is a struggle to keep up with making at the moment!  You can always message me if you are looking for something in particular which I can make to order.  I do have a good selection of pieces on display at Back Road Artworks here in St Ives which is open 7 days a week.


I hope you get the chance to enjoy the spring sunshine & maybe visit us here in Cornwall or maybe I will see some of you up in Malvern!?

 A view of The Island & Porthmeor beach in St Ives

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