about held

held creates a variety of wares for your home. Whether it's a planter for your growing houseplant collection, a new favorite mug, or a lamp to illuminate your living room, held has something for you.

Drawing inspiration from the colors and textures of the natural world, each piece of held pottery features a unique surface decoration that provides a tactile experience in addition to visual, encouraging your hands to enjoy each ware as much as the eyes.

Pottery is created through a long list of steps, and requires much patience and care. Each of our pieces are handmade on a potter's wheel. For those that are destined to be spiky, the spikes are hand-applied one by one using plain or colored slip. They then are fired in an electric kiln, glazed, and fired a final time to cone 6. 

Our glazes are custom-made, hand-mixed, and created to be chemically durable and functional.

& the artist

The artist behind held is Carrie Hause, a resident of Detroit, Michigan. She has been working with clay on and off for most of her life, but began pursuing a more serious education with the material in 2012 by enrolling in classes at the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, followed by Oakland Community College. She is currently a member of Ladybug Studios, a clay cooperative and community art studio in Southwest Detroit.