Eleanor Lakelin

Born: 1960
Place of Birth: Llandrindod Wells, Wales

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, studying with established makers whenever possible but largely teaching herself to hollow and carve works of increasing scale and ambition. 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. 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.

Eleanor’s work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious museum and private collections. She is the recipient of notable awards and commendations including a QEST Scholarship 2018, British Wood Award 2017 (Bespoke category), Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2014 (nomination) and The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award 2011.

'I build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting which reference patterns and lines in landscape and nature. By working to different depths within the piece and then sandblasting through another layer, a moving, sinuous pattern is created which speaks of natural movement – of wind, sand, rhythm, flow and of time. By sandblasting across the surface, the lighter wood can be blasted away – a kind of speeded-up erosion. Time is etched into the fibres of the material.' Eleanor Lakelin, 2019.

Eleanor will be exhibiting in our Wood exhibition, 03 - 27 April 2019.

  • Rill Vessel III/19 View details
    Rill Vessel III/19
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Rill Vessel III/19

    2019
    Sequoia (grown in Britain from seeds brought over from California in 1854) - Giant Redwood
    H:13cm W:15cm D:15cm
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    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Rill Vessel II/19 View details
    Rill Vessel II/19
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Rill Vessel II/19

    2019
    Sequoia (grown in Britain from seeds brought over from California in 1854) - Giant Redwood
    H:27cm W:30cm D:30cm
    £2,080
    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Sakura IV/18 View details
    Sakura IV/18
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Sakura IV/18

    2018
    Cherry Wood
    H:16cm W:14cm D:14cm
    £1,200
    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Sakura III/18 View details
    Sakura III/18
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Sakura III/18

    2018
    Cherry Wood
    H:17cm W:19cm D:21cm
    £1,480
    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Rising Rhythm I/19 View details
    Rising Rhythm I/19
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Rising Rhythm I/19

    2019
    Horse Chestnut
    H:18cm W:22cm D:22cm
    £1,880
    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Ferrous Standing Form I/19 View details
    Ferrous Standing Form I/19
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Ferrous Standing Form I/19

    2019
    Sequoia (grown in Britain from seeds brought over from California in 1854) - Giant Redwood
    H:62cm W:20cm D:20cm
    £3,100
    Photograph: Michael Harvey
  • Eleanor Lakelin in her studio View details
    Eleanor Lakelin in her studio
    Eleanor Lakelin

    Eleanor Lakelin in her studio

    Photograph: Alun Callender courtesy of Cockpit Arts

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