nate mell & felt+fat

nate mell & felt+fat

From Art School to Ceramic Masterpieces

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In this episode of Read Receipt, we delve into the creative world of Nate Mell, founder of Felt+Fat, a brand that has redefined modern tableware with its unique ceramic pieces. Nate's journey from art school to building a successful ceramics business is a testament to his passion and innovation. Join us as we explore how his artistic background and experiences shaped the vision for Felt+Fat, the challenges he faced, and the successes that have defined his brand. Discover the story behind Felt+Fat's beautifully crafted products and what's next for this innovative company.

Tune in to hear Nate's entrepreneurial insights, the inspiration behind Felt+Fat's collections, and the future vision for the brand.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the conversation!

The Show Notes


Nate Mell, founder of Felt+Fat, shares his inspiring journey from art school to creating a successful ceramic brand. Nate discusses his passion for ceramics, the experiences that shaped his vision, and the launch of Felt+Fat. He highlights the importance of creativity, authenticity, and consumer connection in building his brand. The conversation explores the entrepreneurial lessons Nate has learned, the development of Felt+Fat's unique products, and the future of the brand.

Keywords: ceramic brand, modern tableware, entrepreneurship, art school, creativity, authenticity, consumer connection


  1. Nate Mell's journey from art school to founding Felt+Fat is marked by creativity and innovation.
  2. Felt+Fat integrates artistic expression into functional ceramics, emphasizing authenticity and consumer connection.
  3. Nate's diverse experiences have significantly shaped his approach to business and product development.
  4. Building a brand involves creating a strong connection with consumers and staying true to core values.
  5. Felt+Fat's commitment to creativity and quality is reflected in its unique collections and storytelling.
  6. Persistence and resourcefulness are essential for long-term success in the competitive ceramics market.

Sound Bites:

  • "I started Felt+Fat out of a passion for ceramics and a desire to create something unique in the industry."
  • "Felt+Fat's ceramics are inspired by my love for art and functional design."
  • "Building a brand is about staying true to your values and creating a strong connection with your audience."
  • "I believe in following my intuition and staying committed to my vision, no matter what others say."
  • "Tableware is not just about function; it's about creating a sensory experience that enhances everyday life."


00:00 - Nate's Background and Journey-
Nate introduces himself and shares his journey from art school to founding Felt+Fat.

08:01 - The Inspiration Behind Felt+Fat-
Nate discusses the personal and professional experiences that inspired him to create Felt+Fat.

12:30 - Transition from Art to Ceramic Entrepreneurship-
Nate explains his career shift and the lessons he learned along the way.

23:17 - Importance of Creativity and Consumer Connection-
The conversation delves into how creativity and consumer connection have shaped Felt+Fat's brand identity.

25:30 - Challenges and Opportunities in the Ceramic Industry-
Nate talks about the challenges and opportunities of building a ceramic brand and launching new products.

27:26 - Commitment to Quality and Innovation-
Nate highlights Felt+Fat's dedication to creating unique ceramic collections and functional designs.

31:23 - Building a Strong Brand Identity-
The discussion explores the importance of staying true to core values and connecting with consumers.

36:02 - The Vision for Felt+Fat-
Nate shares his vision for the future of Felt+Fat and his goals for the brand.

47:37 - Persistence and Resourcefulness in Entrepreneurship-
Nate emphasizes the need for persistence and resourcefulness in achieving long-term success.

51:43 - Final Thoughts and Insights-
Nate wraps up the conversation with final thoughts and valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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