Felt+Fat / Designer / Founder
About Nate Mell
Nathaniel Mell is the founder and CEO of Felt+Fat, a ceramic design, and manufacturing studio serving both professional and at-home chefs. Nate Mell started the Philadelphia-based company in 2014 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and working at the world-renown Philadelphia Clay Studio.
Before his foray into ceramic design, Nate gained experience that included working in a variety of media, including glass, metal, wood, and mold-making. The opportunity to design a beautiful line of plates for Eli Kulp's award-winning restaurant 'High Street on Market' oriented Mell towards exploring ceramic design in-depth. In doing so, he came up with the concept for a ceramic design studio catering to the Hospitality industry. The company name, Felt+Fat, came as a nod to the material explorations and theories of midcentury artist Joseph Beuys, one of Mell's favorite artists.
Today, Nate Mell's Felt and Fat has a track record of working with over 100 restaurants worldwide, producing more than 30,000 pieces annually, and being featured in the NY Times, the Forbes 30 under 30 list, and many other publications. Timeless design, ethical manufacturing, and intentionality toward relationships are the core values of the ever-growing team at Felt+Fat.
When he is not immersed in creative work as an artisanal dinnerware producer, Nathaniel enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking with his partner Katherine and their dog Potato.
As the Founder & CEO of Felt+Fat, Nate Mell is known for his passionate leadership, vision and keen ability to empathize/relate with nearly anyone.
Starting in his late teens, Nathaniel has moved seamlessly between media throughout his career, from print-making to glass blowing and ceramic design, he has a passion for all things hand-made.
Mr. Mell is a firm believer in providing fulfilling and well paying work to those who would otherwise have a difficult time finding it. Under his direction, in 2020 his company Felt+Fat, partnered with Baker Industries to implement this philosophy into current and future workforce initiatives by finding job placement for the formerly incarcerated.