Magpie {39}

Pinch pot, impressed and coloured with oxides and underglaze colours, by Katie Braida

At 2014’s Potfest in the Pens I had a stall opposite Katie. As a result we have become good friends. She makes gorgeous, sculptural vessels inspired by the sea, with layered texture achieved by using a range of blades and printing letters. Last year there was a lovely piece on her stand, but I made the mistake of not buying it instantly – by the Sunday it was gone. This year she was participating again and I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. I reserved this little pod before the doors opened on the first day.