Mr. Cocke began his ceramics career studying with Susan Peterson at the University of Southern California in the early 60's where he earned a solid education in the basics of pottery making. Soon thereafter, his education was expanded with classes at the Chouinard Art Institute (later renamed the California Institute of the Arts) when it was under the direction of Vivika Heino. Next, Phillip Cornelius provided his unique artistic input when Mr. Cocke attended ceramic classes at Pasadena City College.

In 1995, after raising a large family and completing a career as a successful architect, Mr. Cocke re-entered the field of ceramics arts. The next year he was offered a position as an instructor at the Foothill Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, CA where he taught until 2001. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Cocke maintained a studio in Pasadena and exhibited and sold pottery throughout Southern California.

The work of Camano Island Pottery consists of functional ceramic vessels designed for daily use. The clays used, porcelain and stoneware, are fired to medium-high temperatures, making them dense and waterproof. Vessels for food are safe for baking, microwave and the dishwasher. Sculptural vessels, vases and other vessels for non-food uses may have decorative glazes not appropriate for serving food.

 

I believe that human life and art are inextricably connected. My goal is to infuse life’s spirit into the work and to create pottery that speaks to one’s soul.

I consider the greatest function of functional pottery is it’s ability to excite the user. The scale I use to balance spirit and function always tips towards spirit.

 

EDUCATION
1963-65 Art and Architectural classes, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
1964 Ceramics classes, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1961-63 U.S. Army, topographical surveying through Germany. Travels in Europe
1959-61 Architectural and Art classes, studies with Susan Peterson, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1956-59 AA, Art and Architectural, El Camino College, Gardena, CA

HONORS
2006 First Place Award, 3D Work, The Art Foundation of Mill Creek, Mill Creed, WA
2003 First Place Award, Mona Flatray Memorial, Stanwood Camano Art Guild, Stanwood, WA

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
2001-present

Camano Arts Association, Past Board Member, Past Vice President

2001-present Stanwood Camano Arts Guild
2001-present Cascade Ceramic Artists, Board President
2000-present Washington Potters Association
1997-2001 American Ceramics Society - Design Chapter, Southern California Section
2000 Vice Chair, Show Design & Layout Committee, American Ceramics Society - Design Chapter, 2nd Annual Showcase
1975-present American Institute of Architects
1991 American Institute of Architects, Pasadena and Foothill Chapter, President

RELATED EXPERIENCE
2004-2005 Instructor, Ceramics, Stanwood House Art Center, Stanwood, CA
1997-2000 Instructor, Ceramics, Foothill Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
1997-2000 Instructor, Architectural Professional Practice, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 Juried Artists’ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Invitational Artists’ show, All Clay, Gallery by the Bay Gallery, Stanwood, WA
Artists’ All Member Show, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Invitational Potters’ Show, Potter’s Festival, Crow Valley Pottery, Orcas Island, WA
Art Auction, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
Gallery Artist, Trios Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
2008 Juried Artists’ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Invitational Artists’ show, All Clay, Gallery by the Bay Gallery, Stanwood, WA
Artists’ All Member Show, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Invitational Artists’ show, Exhibit & Holiday Show, Arts Council of Snohomish County, WA
Art Auction, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
2007

Juried Artists’ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Juried Artists’ show, American Association of University Women, Stanwood, WA
Invitational Artists’ show, All Clay, Gallery by the Bay Gallery, Stanwood, WA
Invitational Artists’ show, Art of the Written Word, Arts Council of Snohomish County, WA

2006 Juried Artists‘ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Juried Artists’ show, American Association of University Women, Stanwood, WA
Juried Artists’ show, The Art Foundation of Mill Creek, Mill Creek, WA
Artists’ All Member Show, Camano Art Association, Stanwood, WA
Juried Artists‘ show, Washington Potters Association, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 40th Annual Conference, Portland, OR
Invitational Artists’ show, Contain It, Arts Council of Snohomish County, WA
2005 Juried Artists‘ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Juried Artists’ show, American Association of University Women, Stanwood, WA
2004 Juried Artists‘ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Juried Artists’ show, American Association of University Women, Stanwood, WA
2003 Juried Artists‘ Studio Tour, Camano Art Association, Camano Island, WA
Juried Artists’ show, American Association of University Women, Stanwood, WA
2001 Juried Artists’ show, Art in the Park, Sierra Madre, CA
Juried Artists’ show, Foothill Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Juried Artists’ show & sale, Sonnies Bazaar, South Pasadena, CA
2000 Juried Artists’ show, Art in the Park, Sierra Madre, CA
Juried Artists’ show, Foothill Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre, CA
Juried artists’ show & sale, Sonnies Bazaar, South Pasadena, CA
American Ceramics Society - Design Chapter ACalifornia Clay 2000", 2nd Annual Showcase, Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CA

Find us on
Fabric Art
Here2There
© 2017 Camano Island Pottery. All Rights Reserved.
Site Credits: HOW IT WORKS