Brooklyn Slate Company is a collaborative effort from Brooklyn graphic designer Sean Tice and Parsons graduate student Kristy Hadeka. After visiting Hadeka'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 such as trivets for tea kettles and hot dishes to coasters for beers, and they began gifting pieces to friends. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that the two struck out to produce a line of slate products forming Brooklyn Slate Company.