We love Highland Stoneware for its individuality. Not only are its designs – and ceramic shapes – quirky, but each piece is individually freehand painted: indeed its artists are encouraged to innovate and develop designs, and to make each piece deliberately different.
Highland Stoneware offer great design at sensible prices – and their pieces make attractive and affordable gifts.
Highland Stoneware was formed in 1974 by David Grant, while still a student at the Royal College of Art in London. In order to make tableware with the quality of studio pottery, but using semi-industrial techniques, David set up Highland Stoneware in the North West Highlands of Scotland.
This meant a return to the rugged landscape where he grew up, and creating employment opportunities in a fragile local economy. David is still actively involved with the company, and decorates many of the current designs.
Initially Highland Stoneware made plain tableware, but soon started to decorate the pots. It is for this individual variety of hand painting that the company is now famous. Each piece bears the initials of the artist who interpreted the decorative design.