President Obama's Inauguration, Washington 2009 (detail) by Roanna Wells, hand stitch on wool from an ongoing series looking at situations that bring people together for a common cause abstract ,contemporary textile art installation .
On the loom: Heritage Blanket 'Hiraeth' (Longing) by Welsh textile firm Blodwen. This double-cloth pattern (revived from a Welsh weaver's pattern book) is a bold geometric chequer-board design in two colourways (monochrome and red). via Blodwen
It's hard to believe beautiful pottery and fine china was made here in mucky Hanley along with the other towns which made up Stoke on Trent.the constant smoke, soot fell like rain. It all stopped with the clean air act in 1965