Tuesday, December 4, 2012

brooklyn makers

I feel very honored to be included in The Makers photo project by Jennifer Causey.  These are some of the pages from Jennifer's new book Brooklyn Makers which includes 30 artists that she documented throughout the borough. Capturing the spirit of this handmade movement, she visits the studios and work spaces of a diverse group of makers that include distillers, florists, ceramicists, bakers, ax designers and other interesting crafters.  She interviews each to find out why they choose to live, and make their wares, in Brooklyn.  It's wonderfully insightful and beautifully photographed.  A truly inspiring book for any maker, or anyone who loves handmade goods.  Visit Jennifer's photography website to see more of her gorgeous work.  Thank you, Jen, for including Elephant Ceramics in such a lovely project!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

baked cookbook

photos:  tina rupp

The new Baked Elements cookbook is out!  The authors, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, have created amazing dessert recipes using their favorite 10 ingredients!  Baked is one of my favorite bakeries.  My old ceramic studio in Brooklyn was in Red Hook, very close to Baked.  I loved taking a break from working, running over there for a cup of coffee and a coconut macaroon dipped in chocolate!   Makes me a little wistful!  Photographed by the lovely Tina Rupp and prop styled by my dear friend, and super talent, Leslie Siegel.  Thank you, Matt and Renato, for the lovely credit in your book!  Thank you, Leslie, for including Elephant Ceramics!

Friday, November 30, 2012

tiny food party!

photos by Teri Lyn Fisher

Tiny Food Party! is a visual feast of recipes for bite-size appetizers and fun food to serve at your next gathering.   The photographer is Teri Lyn Fisher and the food stylist is Jenny Park. The duo behind this book, also share their recipes and food photography on their gorgeous blog Spoon Fork Bacon.  Thank you, Teri and Jenny, for including Elephant Ceramics in Tiny Food Party!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

milk farm road holiday sale!

Milk Farm Road's shop is stocked with gorgeous new items that make perfect holiday gifts!
The sale starts tomorrow and you should not miss visiting the online shop to see what new beautiful works of art Heather Chontos has created.  You will be sure to find a lovely gift for a friend or for yourself!  Milk Farm Road is owned and curated by Heather who has created sets and interiors for major magazines, such as World of Interiors and Gourmet.  She also hosts amazing dinner events where food and art are equally important parts of the evening.  Read more on Heather's blog.


                                                                                 photo:  chris court

This delicious looking photo that includes an Elephant Ceramics platter with Flash Roasted Broccoli with Spicy Crumbs is in the December issue of Food&Wine.  I'm actually going to try this recipe this weekend....it looks so delicious!  This beautiful image was styled by Suzie Myers the Market Editor for Food&Wine.  Thank you, Suzie, for including Elephant Ceramics in Food&Wine!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

real simple magazine

photo:  david meredith

photo above and below:  jonny valiant

The November issue of Real Simple magazine has several Elephant Ceramics pieces in their Hors D'Oeuvres story.  This gorgeous food story is beautifully styled by the very talented Deborah Williams, whose work you can see here on her website.  Thank you, Deborah, for including Elephant Ceramics in your shoot! xo

Thursday, October 4, 2012

SHOP update on october 7th

A sampling of some of the pieces for our SHOP UPDATE
on Sunday, October 7th at 11am (est.)

You can click HERE to go directly to the Elephant Ceramics
Shop...at 11am on Sunday everything will be posted!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

my new studio: the barn

This year has been quite an adventure.  This summer, my husband and I said our goodbyes to Brooklyn and moved to Maine full-time! Last year we started building a barn on our property in Maine that includes a ceramic studio, for me, and a woodworking shop, for him.  It's been quite a process and is in it's final stages....see the lengthly list on my chalkboard (that was back in July!)

It all started with the idea to thin the woods behind the house.  Then with my husband deciding he wanted to build a barn using the wood we thinned.  Soon we were talking about moving to Maine full-time and how I would need a ceramic studio.  Next I knew, my husband was suggesting sharing the barn.....and before I knew it I was designing a ceramic studio!  I am posting some images (below) from the start of the project.  We hired an amazing timber framer, Mike Beaudry, he is in one the photos below wielding the ax. He hand hewed most of the timbers in our barn.  My husband designed a contraption that whittled down pieces of wood into pegs that are now holding our barn frame together.  Last summer we had a barn raising party that included many of our neighbors and friends in Maine.  Last fall we enclosed the barn.  Over the winter, spring and summer we have been finishing the exterior and interior with the help of some talented friends and crews. 

I will post more photos once the barn is done.  This week the last of the insulation goes into the barn.  The heat will be installed...which is a very good thing since it's getting cold here in Maine! Hopefully the faucet will get hooked up so I can use my new sink.  Along with the rest of the interior and exterior lighting.  Oh, and the wood arrives to finish the front decking!  Then my wonderful husband can start on his side of the barn!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

the voracity

photos by:  anna williams

When a very special project comes along you cannot help to take notice and feel very fortunate to have some small part in it.  Elephant Ceramics pieces were recently used in issue 8 of The Voracity, which is a personal project by the photographer Anna WilliamsThis issue, Undone, was created with the help of prop stylist Pam Morris.  Thank you to both Anna and Pam for including Elephant Ceramics!  I love this issue, along with all the others!

design magazine: china

I recently received a copy of the June issue of Design Magazine which is published in Beijing China.  In each issue they focus on a designer from around the world.  In this issue they did a piece on Elephant Ceramics.  If only I could read it!  I do like seeing my name scattered throughout the Chinese text.  The writer, Coral Hi, has her own interesting blog called In That Garden where she writes about design.  Thank you Coral for including me in Design Magazine!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


On Monday Remodelista posted a piece about my apartment in Brooklyn....here is a little bit taken from their site.....go here to read more....

Michele Michael of Elephant Ceramics takes us on a tour of her cheery Red Hook, Brooklyn, apartment, with a recently remodeled kitchen and appealing splashes of color.
About a year and a half ago, Michael and her husband, children's book author and illustrator Patrick Moore, decided the kitchen needed an overhaul ("we cook all the time, and we needed more counter space and more storage," Michael says). They reconfigured the space to create an open floor plan with a free-standing work counter; Moore, who is a skilled carpenter, designed and built the kitchen cabinetry using marine grade plywood with a white laminate.
Throughout the apartment, Michael's own organically shaped ceramics with painterly glazes add dashes of color and texture; to learn more about her ceramics and to join the mailing list, go to Elephant Ceramics (her next sale is on Tuesday, July 31). 

Please note that I will be delaying my next sale....the next update will be in the early fall.

Thank you, Julie, at Remodelista!  My dear friend, Philip Ficks (who shoots all my Elephant Ceramic images), spent a day with me shooting my space.  Thank you, Philip, for the gorgeous images!  Thank you, Brin and Nathan at Breuckelen Berber, for letting me live with those stunning Moroccan carpets for a short time! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

summer in maine

I know it has been awhile since I last posted.  I have been gathering inspiration for my work
by taking time in nature.  Also, my new ceramic studio is very, very close to being finished!  
I am hoping to get back to work next week if all goes well with the finishing touches and kiln
installation.  In the meantime, my canoe trips have been very inspiring!