Swedish ceramic artist Eleonor Boström is a master of minimalist ceramics in the likeness of cute dogs, symmetrical women and other slightly bizarre but equally wonderful forms. Now, I love a porcelain hound so Eleonor’s creations are a treat worth sharing.
Working primarily with white glazes and simple black detailing, Eleonor describes her pieces as ‘functional sculptures’. Each is thumbed differently for an imperfect and pared-back finish. Oddly shaped dogs seem ultra-contemporary in their white and black tones yet winsomely old fashioned with their DIY aesthetic and funny noses.
Dividing her time between Stockholm and San Francisco, Eleonor has tapped into a market aimed at urbanites seeking ways to fill space with greenery. Her sculptures, which also function as planters and pots as well as cups and teapots, look wonderful against flashes of green and bright cactus flowers.
Also crafting canine-inspired pincushions, salt sellers and egg cups from pale, glazed clay, Eleonor gives the phrase ‘working dog’ a new meaning. I love her unique, handmade creations, which have been featured everywhere from interiors magazines to flashy creative blogs, like this one.
What’s more, Eleonor’s illustrations and photography of her trips around her home of Sweden and the west coast of America are top notch. Her Instagram feed is a sight for sore eyes, and well worth a look if you’re in need of cheering up.
Words: Emily Beeson | @boogiemargaret