Collaborative Craftsmanship: A Q&A with Porcelain Tableware Maker Felt+Fat
The Town Dish: "If you’ve been to Fork, High Street on Market, Volver or any number of other esteemed spots in Philadelphia, you may have noticed something more than just the food. Felt+Fat has been creating beautiful custom-glazed cast porcelain tableware for restaurants since 2013, and you can find their craftsmanship throughout Philadelphia, New York and around the country.
Felt+Fat’s Nate Mell took the time to speak to the story behind how the company got started, its process and the community that makes it all possible."
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Need Supply: "the Offsite is dynamic, approachable and forward thinking. It provides a place for people to come to see what’s next – what materials we’ll be using, what colors we’ll be seeing, who will be designing our environments in the years to come."
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Food and Wine: "Bauer and Mell’s plates, bowls and cups have the sort of rustic, homey feel often hard to find in a world full of Target and Ikea homogeneity."
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Framework Magazine: "Based out of Philly, Felt+Fat creates all of their ceramic pieces from a porcelain clay formulated in-house, achieving a beautiful marble finish."
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Saveur: "Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer make their one-of-a-kind ceramics in their Philadelphia studio, but the DNA of their collection is global: Many pieces are thrown with clay made from sand and minerals they collect from around the world."
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Bloomberg News: "Nathaniel Mell and Wynn Bauer turn out extraordinary work for local Philadelphia restaurants such as Fork, Laurel, and High Street on Market. For their marble plate series, they mix their own tinted porcelain clay and cast it in handmade molds to create a smoky swirl of pastels."
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Philadelphia Magazine: "If you ask Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer, the best supporting actor in a meal is the plate. They should know: Their Port Richmond-based ceramics line, Felt + Fat, has been the secret of Philly’s top chefs — including Eli Kulp and Nicholas Elmi, both of whom have worked with the duo on custom dishware for their restaurants — since it launched in 2013."
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The New York Times: Marble, and designs that mimic stone, continue to be popular in the home furnishings world. FELT+FAT creates marbled porcelain tableware (plates, cups, vases and trivets) out of tinted clay, and it is all handmade in their Philadelphia studio.
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Temple News: "Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer firmly believe that food is an art form – one that deserves its own canvas. That belief is precisely why Mell and Bauer created Felt and Fat, their design collaboration and manufacturing group."
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Philly Voice: "[Wynn Bauer and Nate Mells'] Port Richmond-based ceramics manufacturing company, Felt + Fat provides gorgeous custom porcelain plates, cups and mugs to restaurants like Laurel, High Street and Fork."
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Ceramicity: "The Marble Series by Felt + Fat is a stunning collection of marbled tableware pieces. Tinted porcelain clay bodies are finished with satin or glossy clear glaze to achieve the unique look of each piece. Because the clay itself is tinted, the pieces demonstrate a deeper hue and richness of colour than in other marbling techniques."
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Rikumo: "We held a small party to celebrate the launch of our limited edition collaboration with ceramic studio Felt + Fat. Helmed by artists Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer, Felt + Fat is a collaborative ceramics studio dedicated to material exploration and the art of making."
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Bloomberg Businesweek: "Sectional plate and tray by Felt and Fat: Does your intended gift recipient prefer his fine ceramics in a marbled finish? That, too, can be accommodated."
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Aesthetics of Joy: "I love Felt+Fat’s swirled porcelain plates, which are being snapped up by chefs because they make an incomparable canvas for inventive cuisine."
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Hai Hospitality: "Chef Angela, Nate and Wynn worked together to create the perfect pieces for Top Knot. From custom color glazes, to hand drawn sake cups, they did it all. We sat down with Nate after his recent visit to the restaurant to hear more about his experience working with Top Knot."
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Design Milk: "FELT+FAT make handmade ceramics, from tabletop items to more experimental pieces, such as tables. These new marbleized pieces are brand new."
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Remodelista: "Philadelphia’s Felt + Fat is making a name for itself designing tableware for restaurants such as Laurel in South Philadelphia. Their tabletop pieces (pasta bowls, dinner plates, salad plates) are available from The Commons."
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Architectural Digest: "When High Street on Market opened in 2013, chef Eli Kulp asked server (and ceramist) Nathaniel Mell and his partner in design studio Felt+Fat, Wynn Bauer, to create dinnerware with an organic and handmade feel. 'It’s a great way to connect with our guests,' Kulp says. 'They understand that it’s one more thoughtful element to their meal that they don’t get anywhere else.'"
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Vogue: "Started in 2013, the ceramic dishware of Felt+Fat was an idea formed by Philadelphia chef Eli Kulp and his partners Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer. At the design fair, the team re-created part of their studio inside the Sight Unseen space, introducing a beautiful new spring color palette that included splatter prints, yellows, and deep greens, and a line of tableware inspired by contemporary mutations in the world of fast-casual food."
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Portland Fresh: "Designers Nathaniel Mell and Wynn Bauer strive to seek out individuals with a passion for their craft who want to explore new possibilities through creative partnership."
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Philly.com: "There's been this movement toward more organic-style plating and the plates themselves being made from products from the region," Kulp said. "There's a rich history of ceramics and pottery here, so it all makes sense together."
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Forbes: "Together with co-founder Wynn Bauer, 30, Mell founded Philadelphia-based Felt+Fat, a company that designs and produces tableware with handmixed glazes and marbleized shades of pinks, blues and blacks..."