Our Story

Jeremy Hastings with one of our Waterspheres

For the past 10 years Jeremy has been working with slate, it continues to bring surprise in how versatile a material it is. In this time we have managed to grow the business from just Jeremy in a small shed to now owning a large unit which houses a small team of craftsmen who have learnt the skill of working with slate and handcrafting this into a water feature.

The love for the creativity involved in making sculptural features and the reward it brings when installing them into customers’ beautifully landscaped gardens grows year on year.

Although the team is growing Jeremy is always on hand to oversee the production personally to keep the workmanship and production standards impeccable, nothing leaves the workshop until it is checked and double checked. 

Jeremy and the team offer a personal installation service,not only to make sure everything is perfect in your garden when he leaves but the customer interaction is just as important. We love to hear your garden story and how we were involved in its evolution.

Using local Cornish Slate

It is our policy to use only local Cornish slate. The slate we use is either from Trevillett Quarry or Delabole Quarry. The quarry may only be a few miles apart but the slate has slightly different characteristics. These characteristics are prevalent in the two colour options for the waterspheres, natural grey slate or a mixture of more rustic brown and grey coloured slate. It is Jeremy himself who visits these quarries to select the best slate.

Slate was formed millions of years ago from shale or volcanic ash, fused together under pressure. It formed into very fine layers, which are individual to every slate, much like the grain of wood. Slate is carefully split along this grain to leave the flat surfaces which are so recognisable. A good piece of slate with no defects will ring when tapped.

Cornish slate is known for its distinct blue-gray color and fine-grained texture. It is highly valued for its durability, water resistance, and aesthetic appeal. Cornish slate has been used for centuries in construction, particularly for roofing tiles, flooring, and wall cladding. Some slate has tiny flecks of iron pyrites in it (fool’s gold) or other minerals, which gives individual pieces a sparkly, coloured or rusty appearance, adding to the unique character.

The unique properties of cornish slate make it well-suited for outdoor applications, as it is resistant to weathering, frost, and fire. Its ability to withstand extreme temperatures and moisture makes it a popular choice for roofs in areas with harsh climates.

In addition to its functional uses, cornish slate is also favored for its natural beauty. The unique color variations and subtle patterns within the stone create a visually appealing effect. Cornish slate is often used in architectural designs to add character and elegance to buildings.

Overall, cornish slate is a versatile and attractive building material that offers both practical benefits and aesthetic appeal. Its long-lasting durability and timeless appearance make it a popular choice for a variety of applications in construction and design.