Unpainted slate for the Crafter
Greet your guests with a custom hand painted slate with your name or house number. Any of my slates can be personalized with your name or house number. You can also choose which colors you like. Each slate is hand-painted so slight variations from the photos of my work, may occur. Whether it's a painting for inside you home or a personalized welcome slate for outside your home, I can work with you!
During the mid 1800's, quarrying slates was one of the leading industries of the Peach Bottom region of Pennsylvania and Harford County, MD. Welsh immigrants used their skills and craftsmanship to produce some of the finest slate in the world. The homes of the surrounding area were all sheltered by roofs of slate. Many of these buildings still exist today but many have been updated with asphalt shingles. I hope to preserve a little bit of history in these slates, which once adorned the roofs of the homes and barns of York and Lancaster Co, PA and Harford Co, MD.
The majority of my slate has been salvaged from an an old Amish barn, and some is from homes in the local area. You will notice that many other slate crafters just use the slate as it is, with the jagged edges and nail holes still present. All of my slates are hand cut and inspected by myself. The majority of the nail holes are cut off the slate. If the slate is much too big to avoid any nail holes , they are sealed with a durable waterproof epoxy filler. This renders them completely unnoticeable after painting and weatherproof. I've got a large selection of hand painted slates for all seasons from which to choose. Or give me your ideas and I'll create a slate just for you!
I have always enjoyed painting, sewing and other crafts, but hand painting slate has become my major craft. After starting with welcome signs, I then included garden signs and herb markers and Christmas ornaments. My work has become so extensive that I've become known as The Slate Lady ! This is what inspired me to name my website as such. I started my website in 1999 and it has grown tremendously since.
Although I love painting on slate I also enjoy working with gourds, creating a variety of birdhouses and large Santa heads and snowmen. These items vary according to the size and shape of how the the gourds are grown. I have shown my work at many local shows in the Harford county, MD and York, PA Now my work is exclusively sold over the web. Eighty percent of my work is custom paintings. So if you don't see what you are looking for, please be sure to email me as I am happy to work with you to create a special slate painting just for you!
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