Devan Cole mesmerized his viewers at an exhibition using mixed media to visually demonstrate sociological and psychological ideas and concepts similar to the looking glass self by Charles Horton Cooley. Coles fascination of art glass started at a young age when he visited Habitat gallery in Boca Raton, FL. He is attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and will earn a BFA degree from the School of American Crafts.
After Coles sophomore year, he was awarded a class with Jesse Kohl in The Corning Studio in Corning, NY. While there, he was honored to use the Blaschkas glass torch. This is an oil-fueled torch that was used by late 19th century glass model makers Rudolf and Leopold Blaschka for Harvard University and for the Natural History Museum in Dresden, Germany. While studying at RIT, Cole showed work in a juried craft exhibit, attended visiting artists workshops, and donated work to the glass guild to help with visiting artist expenses. While attending three international glass conferences, Cole successfully expanded his network of artists. This led to working for Carlson Glassworks as an assistant and apprenticing at Nadal Glass Studio in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
He plans on attending Southern Illinois University of Carbondale for graduate studies in the near future.