Eleanor Lakelin

Eleanor Lakelin is fascinated by wood as a living, breathing substance with its own history of growth and struggle centuries beyond our own. Lakelin comments: ‘I peel back bark to reveal the organic chaos that can exist in the material and build up layers of texture through carving and sandblasting. I use the vessel form and surface pattern to explore time, the layers and fissures between creation and decay and the erosion of nature.’ She sculpts her distinctive forms using a traditional woodworking lathe and centuries-old chisels and gouges alongside modern techniques and tools. The objects remind us of our elemental and emotional bond with wood and our relationship to the earth.

Lakelin’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and is part of prestigious private and public collections. It has most recently been acquired by the The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, USA and the Museum of London, UK.