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October 22, 2012

After high school in Jacksonville, Mark Warren and Chris Pence went separate ways.

Warren went to Connecticut College and after graduation studied slip casting at the Penland (NC) School of Crafts.

Pence headed for the College of Charleston (then to University of Florida for an accounting degree). He later worked as a CPA for a large accounting firm.

In 2011, the friends pooled their skills and started Haand, which makes minimal and elegant objects, such as bowls, for everyday use.

The two-man company is housed in an old farmhouse in the rolling hills near Durham, NC.

In their efforts to go “green,” Warren and Pence use rainwater (said to be ideal for slip casting because of its high pH) and a passive solar energy system to dry their molds.

Their kilns are fired with propane. And on their property, they dig and refine some red clay used in their porcelain bowls.

With a higher back wall that allows you to easily scoop ice cream, Haand’s white ice cream bowls are a best seller. The modern, unique-shaped bowls are $40 each or $99 for a set of three.

Other products include the cloudware bowls ($35 to $75, below) and the Squares + Triangles nesting set, shown below.  Based on a square subdivided into triangles, a three-piece set is $120. A seven-piece set is $195.

Coming soon is a coffee set, which will include mugs ($25) and a 12-ounce creamer ($30).

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