Brought up in a small village in Mid-Wales, Eleanor Lakelin taught in several countries in Europe and West Africa before her life-long love of wood compelled her to retrain as a furniture-maker.
Eleanor Lakelin studied Cabinet-making at City and Islington College (1995-6) and London College of Furniture/Guildhall University (1996-8). She was the first woman to win the annual Austin’s Prize for Craftsmanship in Wood in 1998. After leaving college Eleanor set up her own business to design and make furniture and functional objects in wood for both retail outlets and to public and private commission.
Eleanor’s furniture work was featured in many publications including Living Etc, Ideal Home and Furniture and Cabinet-Making and exhibitions and shows included 100% Design, East London Design Show, Crafts Council and New Ashgate Gallery.
Since 2008 Eleanor has been turning wood on a lathe and carving to make both functional objects and decorative vessels and forms. As the recipient of the Cockpit Arts/Worshipful Company of Turners Award 2011, Eleanor set up her business and studio at Cockpit Arts, Deptford in September 2011 to concentrate fully on this new direction.
Inspired by Makers in Wood from Michael Peterson to Michael Hosaluk, Eleanor creates unique bowls that have sold to collectors in North America and Europe. In November 2012, Eleanor was selected as a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.
Eleanor was recently nominated for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize.
Eleanor’s work was represented at this year’s COLLECT by the Sarah Myerscough Gallery.
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