Thursday, 29 August 2013


I think the Cornish influence in starting to appear in my metalwork....
I have always done a small amount of the verdigris finish on my metal pieces but I'm finding the light really suits the colour down here!  I'm not lacquering these pieces to retain the softness of the surface.  I gently remove some of the verdigris to reveal the copper or brass underneath. 

A selection of mounted pieces on oak

NEW individual etched leaves....these have been lacquered to protect the finish (as they are likely to be handled more) - this reveals more of the etched patterns on the copper & brass

Detail of recent wall piece...

Of course there is also the Barbara Hepworth influence....
planning a collection of work, both jewellery & metalwork  inspired by her sculptures (but probably not until next year now...a winter project!)


Monday, 26 August 2013

Vintage card games....

Recently I've purchased a number of old card games...I really like the style of some of the old illustrations.  I don't actually remember some of the games myself?

I've made really nice greetings cards from some of the designs when there are more than one of each but will probably frame some of my favourite images.

Of course The Magic Roundabout was one of my favourite tea time programmes in the 1970s, I still have some items from that era; Annuals etc but I didn't have the snap cards until now!

Animal Grab
HP Gibson & Sons Ltd, London

Cuckoo Game
Designed & illustrated by Veronica Barge
Dinosaur Publications 1976

Arrow Games No6168
Made in England

Made in Hong Kong

Magic Roundabout Snap
Medallion Foreign

Sunday, 25 August 2013


Love the soft colours of the hydrangea which are blooming around Cornwall at the moment....
these colours were all on one plant I saw this afternoon.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

St Ives Open Studios

The Garden Studio @ Myrtle Cottage will be open for the first time during the St Ives September Festival.  The studio is the workplace of Sharon McSwiney Jewellery & Metalwork who also has a shop in The Drill Hall, St Ives also open throughout the festival.
Sharon will be demonstrating some of her metalwork colouration, texturing & pattern techniques during the open days.  A selection of her jewellery, metalwork & greetings will also be available for purchase – with some special offers too!

Studio opening times:
Wednesday 18th September
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September
Wednesday 25th September
10am – 5pm
Myrtle Cottage, Hellesvean, St Ives TR26 2HG is located past the Fire Station 2nd right turn into lane opposite Mermaid House.  (White cottage on right hand side) Parking available

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Cornwall Design Fair 2013

My first show since moving to Cornwall has been a great success for me...lots of new customers & met some great designers too.  The venue at Trereife House near Penzance is beautiful & the sun shone for 2 of the days out of 3!

I had lovely exhibitors in my aisle including Dan Chapple, Shere Design, Small Wonders Cornwall, Rosie Sutcliffe Glassware & Particle Press & The Thousand Paper Cranes to name just a few....
These are some of my favourite things snapped quickly during quiet moments!

Rosie Sutcliffe 

Shere Design

Dan Chapple

Tim Lake


Alison Dupernex

Poppy-Jane Lindsey

Lorna Syson

Bark Furniture

Particle Press

A few purchases of our own were made of course...including some of Lorna Syson's gorgeous bird lampshades which will be arriving next week - can't wait!