What’s the difference between a $10 plate from some hip internet brand and a $30 plate from Felt+Fat? Short answer: materials and labor.
Once a dense manufacturing center with a thriving middle class community, the neighborhood declined into poverty as factories were shuttered in the 1960s. Today, Kensington is known for being the epicenter of the opioid crisis in the Northeastern United States.
In spite of all this, we see hope as young entrepreneurs, makers, builders and artists have been working to elevate this corner of our city. We are proud to be a part of this movement and excited to help create jobs and beauty in this place we call home.
Each one of our products is made by hand in Philadelphia PA, by well-paid staff who enjoy generous PTO, medical benefits and a clean, friendly working environment.
When it comes to materials, we invest in high quality porcelain and fire to high temperatures, which means our products last longer and just plain feel different.
Our $30 plate is an investment in a product that lasts longer in your home and contributes to these core company beliefs.
Felt+Fat takes its name from the raw, elemental materials used by mid-century sculptor and art theorist Joseph Beuys. The apocryphal story Beuys tells is that of being a young pilot in Germany during World War II when his plane was shot down in Crimea.
He was said to have been found half frozen by a group of Tatars who wrapped his body in felt cloth and animal fat to revive him. After the war Beuys focused his life and work toward a belief in the healing power of art and often used felt and fat to symbolize warmth, healing and redemption. We too believe in the power of art and creating to redeem and heal individuals and communities.
Meticulously crafted with 6 colors splattered by hand using one paintbrush, making every one unique from the whole collection.