Gillian Highland obtained her BA in three dimensional design at the West of England College of Art in 1969 and went on to teach, exhibit and make commissioned work until 1984. She then mothballed her workshop for 27 years to create another business with her husband.
In 2010 she re opened her workshop in order to attempt to create the flow of ideas stored in that time. There is a theme of balance throughout her work, the phases of the moon cycle, the rotation of day and night and the inevitability of the relentlessness of time passing. Her work is influenced by the landscape in which she lives and uses various mediums of reduced stoneware, earthenware, lustre glazes and raku to order to decorate her work. This is often inlaid.
She also makes stoneware and porcelain tableware and has exhibited frequently at the RBA and RSWA The Mall Galleries, in the South East at Craft Fairs, galleries and Open Studios.