Eleanor Lakelin

Eleanor Lakelin

Artist & Maker 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.

Brought up in a rural village in Wales, Eleanor Lakelin worked on educational projects in Europe and West Africa before retraining as a cabinet-maker in 1995.

Since 2011 she has concentrated on the vessel form. Her sculptural objects are created using a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges alongside modern carving techniques.

Eleanor works only with trees grown in Britain, felled due to decay. A deep knowledge and a passionate interest in the natural properties of wood result in forms that seem true to the spirit of the material and which encourage us to look at the complexities of nature with a new perspective. Her work is rooted in the rhythm of growth, the eroding power of the elements and the passing of time.

Eleanor’s award winning work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious museum and private collections. She is represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery.



Cockpit Arts Awards

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


Material is transformed into objects that invite touch and reflection, reminding us of our elemental and emotional bond with wood and our relationship to the earth.

site specific and art led

Eleanor works to commission and has created large scale sculptural works and site-specific installations. She received a British Wood Award for this Time and Texture Installation at Forde Abbey in 2017.