Functional Handcrafted Pottery
Welcome to Halistra Pottery: makers of functional and colourful domestic earthenware. Visit the pottery studio on Scotland's beautiful Isle of Skye.
Ceramics can be classified into three separate categories: stoneware, porcelain and earthenware.
Each type has its own individual appeal but for Neal the shine, sheen and sheer depth of colour achievable with earthenware encapsulates why so many potters have fallen in love with this method of creating pottery.
Earthenware clay is in abundance worldwide and, unlike stoneware clay, is porous until covered with a slip of fine liquid clay and vitreous glazes. An exciting process which Neal admits can lead to the most stunning and surprising results.
The firing temperature of earthenware is between 1000 and 1180oC, a lower temperature than other ceramics. This gives the pieces a much lighter feel - ideal for functional lines.
Halistra Pottery is housed in a purpose-built traditional building with, according to Neal, the best views of any studio in Britain.
Electric kilns are used although Neal has been known to build pit firings and Raku-style kilns for the benefit of his students. With an area of 12 metres by 14 metres, there is ample space for Neal to nurture his continually evolving style and constant demand for supplies of his earthenware products.