Mel Cornshucker is a contemporary Cherokee potter living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who works in stoneware, porcelain, and raku clay. He is known for his high-fire stoneware, decorated with hand-painted, Native-inspired motifs and designs. Born and raised in Jay, Oklahoma, he was inspired by other artists in his family including his grandfather, Lincoln Trotting Wolf's, talent for weaving. His cousins were basket weavers, and his father was a silversmith, allowing him several creative outlets in his youth. Cornshucker is a modern potter who values the functionality of his pieces while including Native American motifs in his signature designs. He strives to create pieces that communicate past and present Native American spirit which reflects his heritage and honors the creativity of man over time.