Potter, sculptor and teacher, born in London, full name Walter Vivian Cole. He obtained one of the few Special Talent Scholarships at 16, studying initially at Woolwich Polytechnic, moving to Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1931 where the sculptor John Skeaping was an influence. In the 1930s he showed sculpture, stoneware pots and drawings, becoming a member of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and of NS and worked on commissions for major clients such as the London Zoo and on big architectural carvings for Eric Kennington. After World War II service, commissioned in the Royal Engineers and specialising in camouflage, from 1946–7 Cole was on the staff of the Council for Industrial Design; he worked on the 1946 Victoria & Albert Museum show Britain Can Make It; and taught on the first industrial design course at Central School.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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