27 May 16

North Yorkshire Fracking Vote

For a few days last week Northallerton’s County Hall was the focus for a big news story; the vote by local MP’s to allow Fracking in North Yorkshire. Fracking was approved 7 to 4 and the outcome was almost inevitable – it’s very hard to ignore all those jobs and money that the new wells will bring.

It’s a shame because I think it reflects on the broader issues of energy. Our dependancy in the UK on fossil fuels and the stunting of investment for developing existing energy technology and potentially as yet undiscovered forms of generation.
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12 May 16

Little Wren Pottery is Etsy featured seller

A few weeks ago Little Wren Pottery was selected to be Etsy’s featured seller. I’ll confess I was a bit surprised as featured seller is one of those things that happens to other people! I guess it’s a stamp of Etsy approval that your shop is selected amongst the huge number of shops that are out there.

It was a bit weird being interviewed and being asked for photos of myself at work since so often it’s the pots that are front and centre rather than me. It’s also odd to talk about how you work, to an extent the daily even weekly routines become so familiar that it all floats by after a while.
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4 May 16

Glaze blistering

Blistering, pinholing; whatever you want to call it different words for the same annoying problem which turns perfectly good firsts into seconds instantly. Glaze blistering is an issue with glazes which use more volatile metallic compounds in their formation. Unfortunately there’s no guaranteed way of getting rid of these.
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