Haand Blog

What is a Second?
A “second quality” piece (i.e right below first quality). These are pieces we produce throughout the year that have a slight flaw but are still perfectly functional. They may be slightly different in color or glossier than intended- they might...
In Stock Favorites
2020 was a hell of a year. We learned a lot of hard lessons and have gone through some major changes in how we run our business. One of the biggest, brightest things we learned, thankfully, is that we have...
Wabi-Sabi
“Wabi-Sabi” The term wabi-sabi, like the labels “natural” or “mindful,” gets a lot of use these days. In its most reductive sense, wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic philosophy of imperfection. There’s an undeniable comfort to seeing a human touch on...
Create 3 Flavorful Side Dishes with Tadka
Tadka is an Indian style infused oil with spices. Most Indian recipes use the tadka to give flavor to the dish. Whole spices like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, whole dried chilies are very common in a tadka. You can also...
Gluten-free Shortbread with Toasted Nuts
The end of 2020 is drawing near, and while holiday festivities may look different this  year than they have in years past, I find myself leaning into some traditions with a  newfound earnestness. With the idea of hygge in mind,...
Hygge
When it gets dark in winter at 5 PM— or earlier, depending on where you are— it’s a challenge to keep away the sundown scaries. The chill of short days, the thought of soft summer T-shirts, or the emptiness of...
An Interview with Preethi Venkatram
 Preethi Venkatram is the creator of the Vegan Pumpkin Soup recipe we shared, and she kindly agreed to answer some of my questions. She has an amazing food blog at Cooking with Pree and on social media @cookingwithpree I...
Rustic Butternut Squash + Apple Tart with Brown Butter + Sage
Darling November / The month of butternut squash / Making dreams come true. Yes, I did write a haiku for an autumnal vegetable. The month of November always toys with my emotions, with the weather vacillating between warm and cool, the foliage showing off...
The Perfect Gift
From the very beginning of Haand we knew that an object made with care, intention, and love will shine when placed next to a similar mass produced object. That’s because the skill and dedication of our 15 employees comes through...
Start a New Tradition with Hestia Nesting Bowls
It’s no surprise that we are all going to have to be a little more flexible when it comes to the holidays this year. Smaller gatherings, different locations or new menu selections will require that we deviate from the tried...
Vegan Pumpkin Soup
DetailsServes – 3 to 4  Prep time – 5 minutes  Cook time – 45 minutes    Ingredients5 Heaping cups of roughly chopped pumpkin (1 Small Pumpkin of any edible variety should work) 1 onion chopped  1 small potato  3 to...
Refresh Your Holiday Table with Platters
What will the holidays look like? As we all start to put together plans, the one thing we do know, is that it will be different! And that’s okay with us. I mean, the whole damn year has been “different,”...
Back in the Design Studio
It’s an exciting time at Haand- for the first time in a very long time, Mark is back in design mode and working on some new things to release in the upcoming months. Chris, who may be as excited as Mark to see some new designs, had a few questions for Mark below.
Homemade Ricotta with Corn and Caramelized Fennel Dip
The inaugural recipe for our blog- learn how to make easy home made ricotta and an elote inspired topping using fennel and corn.
An Interview with recipe developer Logan Kimsey
When did you begin baking/ cooking? Can you remember what caused you to start getting in the kitchen?My very first job was at a small bakery, and it was the most fun I could’ve imagined having as a high schooler....
Eat at Home: #haandplated with Takeout
  There are nights when you just don’t want to cook. You call the neighborhood pizza joint for take-out, pick up some pies and salad, and put everything on your countertop. Sure, you could drape a slice over a paper...
Ripple Tableware: Movement Frozen in Porcelain
When we started Haand, I had much more free time. I lived next to a creek that fed in to the Haw River, and when I had nothing to do, or some time to kill, it was nice to sit in the shade and watch the water. Occasionally, a leaf would hit the surface of a quiet pool, or minnow would break the surface. This product line is inspired by the phenomena and the feeling of watching water flow on a quiet afternoon.
#haandplated Contest
We are blown away by the artistry and kitchen skills we see from y'all on social media. We thought it would be fun to share what we are seeing so everyone can enjoy the beauty. And hey, you will be...
Earthenware vs. Stoneware vs. Porcelain
Curious about the differences between the 3 most common types of tableware you see in a store?
Product Story: Chemist Cup
A long time ago on a couch far, far away... Since childhood I have been a voracious consumer of fantasy and science fiction movies. Summer in north Florida is analogous to winter in Minnesota-- there are periods that you just...
Porcelain Love Letter, Part 1
Porcelain can be a fickle, mean mistress. But we love it, because nothing else in the world has the tangible and intangible qualities it has. It's hard to narrow down exactly why, so we chose 3 to start with.  ...