Brooklyn Slate Company is a collaborative effort from Brooklyn graphic designer Sean Tice and Parsons graduate student Kristy Hadeka. After visiting Kristy’s family slate quarry in upstate New York in the spring of 2009, the two 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 the family quarry in upstate New York to hand pick their 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 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 our 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.
The end result is a product completely unique in cut, shape, color, and overall presentation.
"Now, locavores can present New York cheese on New York stone from Brooklyn Slate... They cut and finish the stone to be food-safe, and sell various sizes, packed with a soapstone marker, cushioned feet and a burlap storage bag."
Slate Guide & Care
Slate Guide & Care
WHERE DOES BROOKLYN SLATE'S SLATE COME FROM?
Our products are sourced from the Vermont and New York Slate Valley, a unique geological formation that runs between Vermont and New York states. This area is world famous for producing slate roofs and other residential, industrial, and commercial products for more than a century.
HOW STURDY IS SLATE?
Slate is one of the most durable, naturally occurring stones readily available; slate shingles, which are found on home and building roofs across the country, typically withstand the elements for two hundred years or more. It is the stone that all synthetic tiles aspire to be.
Just like slate roofing, our products are made to last. Our slate cheese boards and coasters are always at least 3/8" thick.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH MY CHEESE BOARD?
Each cheese board includes the following —
— (1) soapstone pencil for writing the names of cheeses and hors d'œuvres on the board — (4) anti-slip cork feet, which can be applied to the bottom of the board in order to protect table top surfaces — (1) burlap bag, which can be used for storing the slate and as a place mat for the cheese board
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR SLATE
All of our products are treated and sealed to be food safe. Soapstone, chalk, crumbs, and liquids wipe off easily with a damp sponge or towel. Our cheese boards can also be washed with a sponge and dish soap. Boards that do not have cork feet on the bottom are dishwasher safe.
To achieve a natural, rustic look, we use cutting tools that, over time, may lead to chipping along the edges of our slate goods. This is a natural occurrence and does not compromise the integrity of the slate.
CARING FOR YOUR SLATE
In order to preserve your slate cheese board for years to come, wipe it down with a drop or two of food grade mineral oil about twice a year. Mineral oil helps protect the integrity of the slate and maintains a slightly polished look.