Roger began his ceramics career in the early 1960s studying with renowned potter, teacher, and author, Susan Peterson at the University of Southern California. His studies continued at the Art Institute of California and Pasadena City College where he was influenced by the unique artistic vision of ceramic artist, Phillip Cornelius.
In 1995, after raising a large family and completing a career operating a successful architectural firm doing civic projects throughout Southern California, Roger re-entered the field of ceramic arts. He was soon offered a position as an instructor at the Foothill Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, CA where he taught classes, maintained the studio, and fired large gas kilns. In addition, Roger maintained a studio from 1995 to 2001 in Pasadena and exhibited ceramic art throughout Southern California.
In 2001 Opal & Roger Cocke moved to the Pacific Northwest. Camano Island became their new home along with a community of other artists in a variety of art fields.