Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka
After visiting Parsons graduate students' Kristy Hadeka's family slate quarry in upstate New York in the spring of 2009, her and Brooklyn graphic designer grabbed a few pieces for use as all purpose boards back home in Brooklyn. They found a number of purposes for the slate - as trivets for tea kettles and hot dishes to coasters for beers - and began gifting pieces to friends. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the two struck out to produce a line of slate products.
They now make regular trips to their family quarry in upstate New York to hand pick our favorite pieces of black and red slate. Some of their slate is sourced from the quarry "graveyard", or collection of odd shaped pieces that were ultimately destined to be ground for use as road cover or baseball diamonds.
They then transport the pieces to their=r studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where they do additional cutting and clean the stone to be food safe. In order to achieve the rough look of their unfinished pieces, they chip the edges with a slate cutter and other tools.
They finally assemble the packaging in small batches. Every single piece of packaging that comes with their products - from the envelope to the burlap bag - can be repurposed for other uses.
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