Perfected over generations by the Hammond family, Slated create beautiful refined slate tableware. We are big fans of the beautiful tableware, so we just had to catch up with Tara Hammond to find out more.
How did Slated come about?
In 2010 during a family gathering I created a freshly cut slate as a table runner, we became intrigued by the possibilities of slate tableware my cousin was a chef and requested serving plates for his restaurant. It was then we began to properly research the idea. Food safety compliance and finish was of the utmost importance. We also felt it was an amazing way to give the family trade a new edge, while keeping the traditional methods alive.
Why did you choose to work with slate, and what is it about Irish slate that makes it special?
The irregularities and different colour and mineral content of the stone make slate a beautiful natural product to design with each piece is perfectly unique. The Hammond family have been Master Slate craftsmen since the 18th century. Utilizing the traditional methods, artisan techniques and of course the original 150 year old Slater’s Knife, each piece from the Slated Range is meticulously handcrafted to enhance the originality and natural elegance of the collection. This is the distinct advantage that Slated has as all of our pieces are hand cut we can produce different shapes and sizes and is what makes our bespoke service thrive.
What inspires your designs?
Our designs are inspired by the beauty of the stone and additional materials which compliment it. We put meticulous research into the production of each new range. The marriage of natural materials is fascinating especially when they flatter each other perfectly. Our copper and slate candle holders have been a huge success as have our range of wood and slate products, the newest being our Lazy Susan. All of our designs benefit from the time and care taken in creating them. We are currently working on a new product that is six months in the making as we keep tweaking until we are sure it is a very special piece.
Where is your tableware available?
Our products are available in Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork, Louis Mulcahy Dingle, Eimeku Japan Blauberg and der kuste Japan, Nest 58 New York to name just a few also our own website.
What is your favourite piece?
My favourite product is the wood and slate platter.