Layer upon layer of fine-grained, foliated rock fused together over time under low heat and huge pressure to create the unique slate used in all Just Slate's products. The Just Slate design team harness this character to produce their range of stylish and hand-crafted tableware. From the workshops in Scotland each individual slate piece is hand cut to fit with their contemporary designs. By striking the raw slate correctly a skilled craftsman or women can split the layers to create a flat surface with the detailed “riven” edge surround. Throughout the production process the focus is on the elegance of the finished product and using traditional methods each piece of slate is selected, cut, shaped, felted, oiled and inspected before packing.