Mel Cole is a retired Architect and a self taught Potter, having begun exploring the craft around 1987. He worked as a potter at the Blossom Hill Arts and Crafts Center in Los Gatos It was here that he discovered the art of handbuilding ceramic pieces and the method of Raku finishing. He relocated to the Soquel area in 2004 and still studies both techniques in his own studio.
He participated in the Mountain Art Guild Annual Sale from 2001 through 2006 as well as at the Mountain Art Center, numerous sales at the Blossom Hill Art and Crafts Center, Pajaro Valley Art Center, the Corralitos Cultural Center and Open Studios. His work is constructed of thin slabs of clay, torn and reassembled into the desired forms. His work is identifiable by the organic forms produced, with their overlapping pieces and contrasting textures and finishes yielding brilliant coloration and stylized forms..
He recycles his unused clay and clay scraps, and makes his own glazes to use in his processes.