Melvyn Malkin is an artist and architect residing in Saskatoon. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Mel spent many years studying in other centres, returning to Saskatoon in 1964 to open his own Architectural office. His background includes a degree in Architecture (Manitoba), post-graduate study in design at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fine Arts degree (Saskatoon) in drawing and printmaking.
Pursuing his interest in ceramics while practicing architecture, Mel developed individual techniques to make, glaze and fire raku fired wall plates and eventually worked in this area full time. His work is shown across Canada in galleries from Montreal to Victoria. In 2007 he was chosen as one of 24 Canadian artists to exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. He is also the subject of a video called First You Need A Fire showing the full technique of producing the raku fired wall art.
Awards and grants include several awards for architectural design and historic preservation and a Saskatchewan Arts Board Senior Artist Grant. Mel's work has been the subject of numerous solo art shows since the 1980’s in Calgary, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Regina, Toronto, Royal Oak MI., and group shows across the country. His work is also included in collections of the Mendel Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Sask Power, Alberta Telephones and numerous private collections.