The idea for Riverslate Company began with a love of birds and a set of pen and ink drawings of birds at our feeder. “I thought they would look beautiful on Vermont slate. I first started by sandblasting the delicate images on slate but wasn’t satisfied with the result. I then tried stenciling, but again, wasn’t satisfied. It wasn’t until I tried a laser engraver that I was able to achieve the crisp, clear details of the designs on slate.”
Today Riverslate Company etches custom designs for corporate logos, wedding gifts as well as for our coasters, cheese plates and trivets in Waterbury Center, Vermont.
Connie Perignat-Lisle, owner.
The slate used for our products comes from a region in southwestern Vermont known as Slate Valley. It is located southwest of Rutland between Poultney, VT and Granville, NY. While slate is quarried in other states such as Maine, Pennsylvania and Virginia, green slate is only found in this region. Slate from this region is considered the hardest in the world.
Slate is a metamorphic rock. It is formed when shale, which consists of clay materials, is put under pressure with high temperature. When engraved, layers are uncovered and streaks and black marks within the stone may become visible.
The art work was done by Christopher Lisle, a Vermont artist. He is a graphic designer and photographer with a B.A. in Studio Art from The University of Vermont.