When we were first considering a kitchen renovation, I was already dreaming of the pretty white dishes and accessories that I could line up on all the open shelves we'd have. I came across HAAND's website and fell in love. I read their story and knew I had to have a few of their pieces!
Keep an eye out in future posts for their Chemist Cups - my favorite! I've been using them for cocktails, ingredient cups and vases. I also love their ice cream bowl and I knew I had the perfect recipe to break the bowls in. Did you catch yesterday's Peanut Butter ice cream recipe? It was so so good. The bowl is designed with a higher back for easy scooping and when it's all melted, tip it over and drink up!
HAAND has been nominated in Martha Stewart's American Made contest - so head over and show your support before it's over.
Q: Tell us about HAAND and who is behind the name.
A: Haand is Mark Warren and Chris Pence, we met in High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The name Haand is a reference to the Northern European (it means “hand” in Danish and Norwegian) designs we love, and a small attempt at humor.
Q: What is your creative process like?
A: I like to take a really really long time on everything. I sometimes start a piece, then let it sit for several months before I revisit it. I will generally start with a form out of plaster and then carve that until I have the shape I want. I like the reductive process, it gives me control and is a nice meditative process.
Q: Your home-wares are white, but also very green. Can you explain?
A: It is a combination of serendipity and compunction. We started Haand in a really old farmhouse with no running water and minimal electricity. We saw this as an opportunity- can we run a production studio under these conditions? We set up a rainwater collection system, and started using that in all of our slips and glazes. It works really well because of its acidic nature and the organic material that collects in the rain barrels. We have since moved to a new workshop (with running water), but I want to set up a much larger water collection system and hopefully a solar power system as well to offset our starting to use an electric kiln to bisque in.
Q: What is your favorite HAAND piece?
A: I personally love the Chemist Cups. I think they are the perfect cups for a cocktail or iced tea, and when they have a cold liquid in them they sweat a little bit on the outside in a really nice way. They also have a solidity without chunkiness, something I always strive for when designing a piece in ceramic.
Q: You were voted Best New Ceramics at Dwell on Design 2013, that must feel awesome.
A: It was really an honor, we got so much positive feedback at Dwell on Design, and met a ton of sweet and supportive people. LA was amazing! My girlfriend and I drove from NC to LA, it took about a week and we camped along the way to save money. America is a vast, beautiful country.
Q: What keeps you motivated? Music, Food, Art, Love....
A: Historic industrial processes, space travel, Roman History, Sci-Fi, historic labware and ephemera, hand made tools, memory, peacefulness, and sharing a quiet moment with a friend or loved one.
Q: What can we expect to see next for HAAND?
A: We have started working collaboratively with a dear friend and extremely talented woodworker, Christina Boy. She is from Germany and now lives in the States, and she is another graduate of the two year fellowship I did at Penland School of Crafts. We are right now focusing on getting our ceramic production running smooth enough to hire someone to run that, the plan is now to start researching other materials and see what else we can produce in the Haand style.
Q: What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?
A: We love football. Go Gators!