After visiting Kristy Hadeka's family slate quarry in upstate New York in the spring of 2009, she and Sean Tice grabbed a few pieces to use as all purpose boards back home in Brooklyn. They found a number of purposes for the slate–from trivets for tea kettles and to coasters for beers—and began gifting pieces to friends. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the two set out to produce a line of slate products.
They now make regular trips to their family quarry in upstate New York to hand pick their favorite pieces of black and red slate. The pieces are then transferred to Kristy and Sean 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.
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