The elephant who started it all.

Day 6 Productions

After learning about the exploding poaching crisis in Africa, two potters decided to focus their efforts on ceramic elephants in hopes of raising awareness of the species' plight, and funds for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. They named them "Ellies" after their favorite toddler, Eleanor, in the hopes that there will still be wild elephants when she grows up.

Professor I. Nelson Rose, the ceramic artist who created the first elephant for Day 6 Productions, has been working with clay for more than 15 years. He studied under Harry Berman and other instructors at Berman Ceramic Arts in southern California, also known as the Cahuenga School of Pottery.

Rose’s first elephant was inspired by a bowl with human feet, more than 5,600 years old, that was found in a pyramid in Egypt. Rose made similar bowls, and then began adding tails, arms and legs. He also began working with vases, adding tails, legs, and eventually, a trunk. For his day job, Professor Rose teaches law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California. He is the author of Gambling and the Law®, and is recognized as the leading expert on gaming law.

To help him produce the elephants for Day 6 Productions, he began working with Hamish Jackson, a production potter who got his start at Winchcombe Pottery, which is one of the oldest potteries in England. Hamish has worked at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Berman Ceramic Arts, and Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center in Long Island City, New York. He is currently an apprentice with Mark Hewitt in North Carolina. He is typically more of a functional potter, but enjoys the challenge of creating sculptural work.

© 2015, Professor I. Nelson Rose, Encino, California.