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Bonus holiday day in St. Ives


My daughter entering the Outi Pieski's exhibition in the Tate St. Ives
My daughter enjoying the Outi Pieski's exhibition in the Tate St. Ives

The small one and I found ourselves with a bonus day to play on Monday, after the end of the easter holidays. We made a pot with the Leach Pottery in St. Ives one morning in the week before and planned to visit the Tate that afternoon, but there weren't any parking spaces, so I thought we'd try again out of school holidays.

Luckily for us the weather was whipping up quite a storm so there were plenty of spaces available, and we could go to see the current exhibition of Outi Pieski's work with our locals pass.

The small one will spend many long moments enjoying a puddle, finding the best pet rock or most perfect stick, and fewer moments gazing at paintings, so my viewing of the exhibition was a little more fleeting than I would have made solo, but no less enjoyable. I really liked Outi's paintings, and some of her additions to the canvases, I tried to watch the film about her, but it wasn't quite Bluey enough for my companion, so you (and I) will have to look her up for more info! Despite not knowing a lot about the artist I felt her work was entrenched in her surrounding landscape, which I hope to convey a little of in my glass landscape pieces.


One of my favourite paintings in the Outi Pieski's exhibition in the Tate St. Ives

So much of my work has reference to my landscape, the enormous ever-changing force, of the sea and the wild colours of Cornwall.

If I lived in the mountains or a big city I expect my work would be very different.


A Cornish landscape painted with molten glass by Freya Laughton
A Seascape landscape painted with molten glass by Freya Laughton
A Seascape landscape painted with molten glass by Freya Laughton

And if you live near St. Ives, or find yourself visiting the area I'd recommend a trip to the Tate, even with a small person, mine enjoys the room with books, beanbags and building blocks, and she also loved the current films showing the nests of different birds, it was magical!


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