Eleanor Lakelin

Eleanor Lakelin

Artist making vessels & sculptural forms in wood


I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material itself or build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting.

Eleanor's distinctive forms are led by the natural elements and processes which layer and colour wood and how the passage of time is etched into the fibres of the material.

Brought up in a small rural village in Mid-Wales, Eleanor taught in Europe and West Africa before retraining as a skilled cabinet maker. She spent ten years honing her craft and developing her artistic practice, completing a series of masterclasses using a lathe, and carving & sculpting wood using centuries-old tools.

Today Eleanor uses a number of traditional, modern and self-created techniques to explore her fascination with the natural properties of wood. Provenance is of particular importance and she only uses sustainable wood from trees felled in the British Isles.

Eleanor has received a number of notable awards. She is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Taste Contemporary Craft, CAA and The New Craftsmen.



Cockpit Arts Awards

  • 01/01/2011 - 01/01/2012
    Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award


Eleanor uses highly traditional turning and carving techniques with lathes and chisels as well as modern techniques. Work may be sandblasted and bleached or ebonised.

site specific and art led

Eleanor works to commission and her sculptural works have been exhibited widely in the UK and Internationally.