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Ceramist Eleonor Boström doesn’t make your mother’s porcelain. She sculpts ceramic dog teacups, pincushions and other lovable everyday objects.

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Turn the table

Swedish ceramist Eleonor Boström doesn’t make your mother’s porcelain: polished dolls and manicured poodles. She sculpts tabletop tchotchkes of winsome mutts with heart-shaped noses. There’s a bud vase, where blooms will sprout from a hound’s head, a coffee mug, with a tiny dog hiding in your cup of Joe, and a pincushion, a pup whose tail serves as a spindle.

“I’ve always had dogs until recently, so I think in lack of having one, I unconsciously started making porcelain dogs,” says Boström. “There is something about a dog’s expression that catches my eye.” After trying her hand at different crafts at RISD, from weaving to printing, the art-school graduate decamped to Berlin, a city that “seems to have more dogs than anywhere I’ve ever been!”

Inspired by flea-market figurines, Boström mixes her own paper-based clay and sketches her creations beforehand. “Porcelain can be a really frustrating material until you come to know its characteristics,” she says. “What I like most about my work is decorating—painting the dogs’ faces and seeing different characters form. I want every piece to be playful.”


All images courtesy of Eleonor Boström
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