“I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material itself and build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting. I use the vessel form and surface pattern to explore the layers and fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.”

Eleanor Lakelin is a British artist, creating vessels and sculptural objects in wood. Her distinctive forms are created in response to the passage of time etched into the fibres of the material.

Brought up in a remote Welsh village, Eleanor taught English in Europe and West Africa. A renovation project rekindled her longstanding passion for wood and she retrained as a cabinet maker. For the last twenty years Eleanor has dedicated herself to her artistic practice and honed her skills through a series of masterclasses.

Eleanor explores her fascination with the natural properties of wood using a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges alongside modern techniques and tools. Provenance is of particular importance and she only uses wood from trees felled in the British Isles and in particular Ash and Horse Chestnut Burr.

Eleanor’s work is exhibited and collected widely and she is the recipient of notable awards and commendations including a nomination for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize and The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award.

Eleanor lives and works in London.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2018      COLLECT 2018, Saatchi Gallery, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, 22-25 Feb
Nomad St Mortiz, Chesa Planta, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Switzerland, 8-11 Feb
2017      The Glorious Object, Curated by Rodger Stevens, Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York, 14 Dec – 13 Jan
Design Miami, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Miami, 6-10 Dec
The Salon Art + Design, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, New York, 9-13 Nov
SOFA, Material Evidence, Represented by Kirsten Muenster Projects for the AAW, Chicago, 2-5 Nov
PAD London, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, 2-8 Oct
Craft & Contemporary Design, Sarah Myerscough Gallery / British Land, London, 4 Sept – 2 Nov
Elements: The Beauty of Imperfection, Bamford, Gloucestershire & London, 2-24 Sept
Material: Wood – Design & Inspiration, Messums, Wiltshire, 11 Aug – 3 Sept
China International Craft Week, Hangzhou Creative Design Centre, China, 16-22 June
Rhythm of Time, Solo Show, Konsthantverkarna Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 May – 21 June
Design Miami/Basel, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Switzerland, 13-18 June
A Landscape of Objects, Curated by Flow Gallery, Forde Abbey, Chard, 16 June-27 Oct
London Craft Week,
Corinne Julius selects at Cockpit Arts studios (tour)
​Make, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales, 18 Feb – 23 April
COLLECT 2017, Saatchi Gallery, Represented by Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, 2-6 Feb
Artgenève, Represented by Taste Contemporary Craft, Switzerland, 26-29 Jan