Sharon McSwiney – Jewellery & Metalwork

12 Island Square, St Ives, Cornwall, UK,
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Inspired by Cornwall

Texture & surface pattern are my passion.  I combine copper & brass to create colour contrasts then utilise etching, embossing & hammering to create unique surfaces.  Heat & fluxes are applied for further decorative effects.

I endeavour to do a daily sketch as I feel the need to create something every day.  I regularly take part in month long projects such as mark making, pattern or colour prompts to develop new ideas.  Some of these projects will evolve into metalwork or paintings.

I am finding working with paint really exciting & feel this element of my practice will develop further.  Metalwork is obviously a restricted palette of colours so the possibilities of paint really inspire me.  After 30 years of making I am looking to move into a slightly different direction & I am certain that concentrating on painting will also become a tool for designing & creating my metalwork & work in its own right.

We have three outlets for my work in St Ives, our own retail space on Island Square, I’m a member of Back Road Artworks & exhibit regularly at the St Ives Arts Club.   I also exhibit with the Cornwall Crafts Association at Trelissick.

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