Our Story

Who we are?

Thoughtful storytellers bridging the past and future with expert craftsmanship.

Always an artist and tinkerer, Mark attended the Penland School of Crafts on a two-year fellowship after college. There he was exposed to a variety of media and learned from the excellent teachers, mentors and highly skilled craftspeople at Penland and in the surrounding community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was introduced to ceramics and slip casting while in a class taught by Tom Spleth.

Chris, who had been a potter since high school, went on to study business and accounting in college and graduate school, eventually working for a large corporate accounting firm but continued to pursue his love of pottery.

In 2012, as Chris decided to leave corporate accounting and Mark completed his Penland Fellowship, the time felt right to take the opportunity to work together and Haand was born. The first year, the business was run out of a decrepit farm house with no potable water and mercurial electricity.

Mark and Chris hustled at gift shows and craft fairs, bidding for contracts to manufacture niche products. They fought for every sale to keep their heads above water. These met challenges ultimately gave them an income to move to a small warehouse in Eli Whitney, NC.

Sales improved every year and eventually they were able to hire employees. Haand would not be where it is today without the hard work and sacrifice of those early and current employees. Haand now employs a staff of 15 and operates out of a 13,000 square foot former hosiery mill in downtown Burlington, NC.

Chris is responsible for the business side of Haand, making sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Mark is responsible for the design and creative direction of Haand.

Behind the name Haand

Human Powered Manufacturing

Our Team (or, at least a few of us)

Mark

Creative Director, Co-Founder

Favorite Piece: Soy Sauce Pourer (never put in production)

Chris

President, Co-Founder

Favorite Piece: 10 ounce Short Mug

Tracy

Administrative Specialist

Favorite Piece: Ripple Bowl

Steve

Shipping and Receiving

Favorite Piece: Cloudware Planter

Matthew

Materials Department Manager

Favorite Piece: Breakfast Bowl

Malik

Caster

Favorite Piece: Rice Bowl

Bob

Glazing

Favorite Piece: Skali Coupe Medium

Nick

Caster

Favorite Piece: Ripple Line Presentation Platter

JP

Caster

Favorite Piece: Large Nara Bowl

Our Process

from start to finish: done by hand