There has been a tradition in the slate communities of carving
slate. Competitions have been held at eisteddfodau for hobbyists
wishing to compete.
In addition to the local tradition of hobbyists within the
community working with slate, there is a significant arts and
crafts sector which uses slate as its raw material. Most of the
artists and craft workers in the sector are based in, or
originated from, the Welsh slate areas.
Some of the slate companies attempted to diversify into the
sector, or have used this as a means of adding glamour to the
Most of those involved in the slate art and crafts sector are
very small, often one-person, enterprises.