The Ironclad Pan Company was founded in 2019 by Kate Slavin, Levi Slavin and Joe Carter. Their aim was to create a sustainable product that would be a return to beautiful craft and traditional techniques. In an era of disposable stuff, the team wanted to create a product that would last for generations.
Why cast iron skillets? Levi and Kate had a set at home that they had inherited. Each daily use was a reminder of their family. And when family recipes were prepared in the original skillets—splashing oil where they had splashed oil, carefully placing fish where they had placed fish—something magical seemed to happen. It was a true connection through time.
As their family grew, like all parents, so did their desire to leave a healthier planet for their children.
So Kate, a designer by trade, began to sketch designs for a new skillet. One that would be sustainably manufactured here in Aotearoa, New Zealand and last for generations to come.
Levi and Joe set out to find a way to prove their belief. If it was designed to last, what better way to prove it than to offer a guarantee. One that would last longer than any on the market. They settled on a modest 100-years, and cast that contract in iron on the base of every single skillet.
Next, Felicity Morgan-Rhind joined the team. A chef and film director, Felicity elevated the vision of the Ironclad Pan Company to a larger audience. Helping share the founding principles of a locally made, sustainable product with an international audience.
The more stories we collected, and the higher our pile of family recipes grew, we realised we needed to invent a contemporary way to store and share recipes. The result was The Ironclad Family Recipe Vault—a closed social platform designed to store, share and save family recipes for generations.
Co-founders Kate and Joe