They say an elephant never forgets, so it makes perfect sense that the dreamy, nature-inspired creations of Elephant Ceramics catch the eye in an instantly memorable way.
Designed and handmade by former magazine editor and
stylist Michele Michael, the porcelain and stoneware designs
were originally created to supply her successful five-year-old
prop house, Elephant Props, in Manhattan. It wasn’t long
before the city’s top stylists were featuring her designs in
magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine and
Country Living. This led to her website (elephantceramics.
com), which features an occasional pop-up sale so non stylists can have access to her lushly textured pieces, too.
How did you start in the industry? “I was hired at House
and Garden by the decorating editor. Because my
background was in fashion, she said that if I wasn’t happy
there, after a year I could go to Vogue. That didn’t happen
because I loved decorating. My parents were antique dealers
and I was always interested in interior design.
How did you segue into working with props? I was a
freelance editor and worked for many different magazines
doing styling and interior design. I always wanted to own a
business and [doing props] seemed like a natural progression. We’ve worked with all the national magazines, Martha
Stewart, Oprah, Real Simple, Food & Wine as well as catalogs
like West Elm and all kinds of cookbooks and advertising.
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