Slateplate came into being through geologic intervention. Slate is a fine-grain, foliated metamorphic rock formed under extreme pressure and heat conditions from sedimentary rocks such as shale, clay or ash. Slate is made by literally crushing and melting other softer rocks together. When compacted, these softer rocks merge their qualities to create super-strong slate. The natural bands you see in our slate are called folation, the scientific term for when different kinds of rock are fused together. Since they are different from one another, they create layers like in a cake- but this cake is held together by molten lava.
We deeply believe in quality over quantity.
After extensive research we found the perfect slate. It was deep black, dense and strong, and found on the border of Maine and Canada. There are lots of other slates out there from Vermont, Brazil, Spain, and China but we wanted high density, high quality, fine grained, dark black with the best material properties for making our cheese boards and plates.
Others are using Vermont slate and calling it 'black slate', but it really wasn't 'black' at all, it was just dark gray. Slate from China is very inexpensive (and also gray), but it also flakes easily and the edges remain sharp, even after hand-working.
We spent two years creating a hand-working process to produce the most beautiful, durable and easy to care for slate products – and Slateplate was born.
We now offer slate cheese boards, slate plates, slate trays in over 72 sizes for sale and use in over 200 wonderful retail establishments and restaurants. Our product line continues to grow as we enjoy customizing our product in size, shape and with engraving for new uses. We happily employ a handful of excellent crafts-people who are proud to be a part of our company!
So what makes Slateplate different?
We use true black, North American slate. It is the most consistent, uniform, dark black slate on the planet.
We use clear acrylic feet on the bottom of our slate. Others provide cork feet for you to put on yourself, or cover the whole bottom in felt. Our slates are the only ones that are dishwasher safe.
Our slates are perfectly leveled and easy to pick up from the table. Our slate is truly hand-made and hand-finished. We hand grind all of our edges, we pay attention to the quality of each slate. We ensure that we're delivering the quality of product we would want as a customer and to use in our homes. Other slates on the market can have sharp edges or flake off pieces of slate into your served items. Some can literally cut you. We make sure our products are family-safe, easy-to-clean and beautiful.