Crafting every single piece with her own two hands, Swedish ceramicist Eleonor Böstrom channels her fondness for dogs into porcelain sculptures that blur the line between functional object and collectible artwork. San Francisco–based Böstrom typically creates her playful canines in classic black-and-white, but her latest pieces see her add a pop of colour with a fur-like material, which she says pays tribute to surrealist artist Méret Oppenheim and the beloved animal itself. The experiment also added a new challenge to her creative process: “There are a lot of small steps that go into making a dog; it’s not just hand-forming the clay. And that’s what I really like with the craft: it never gets dull.”
Each of Böstrom’s sculptures is a labour of love that can take two months to make, uniquely formed and boasting its own personality. Böstrom’s a keen observer of animal behaviour, but don’t expect her to stray. As she explains, “Dogs are always number one with me.”
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February 5, 2019