British woodturner Eleanor Lakelin has a deep knowledge and a passionate interest in the natural properties of the wood she works with. Brought up in rural Wales, Lakelin worked in 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 tools that have been used for centuries including a woodworking lathe, chisels and gouges, alongside modern carving techniques. Eleanor’s work is exhibited internationally and included in prestigious museum and private collections, and a piece of hers recently joined the collection of the Mint Museum, USA. 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.