David Cooke

David had been a wildlife sculptor since graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992 with a degree in Furniture Design.

David has worked on a wide range of animal subjects but reptiles have always been his forte. The fascination with reptiles developed out of a childhood fixation with dragons and dinosaurs. The Komodo Dragon pictured above was almost six feet long and based on a young dragon at Chester Zoo. It was made in several pieces, and re-assembled after firing.

Lizards and tortoises are carved in great detail into clay and glazed usually with a thin ash glaze and metal oxides, and then fired to Stoneware (1230 C). David also sculpts owls and stunning birds such as the Great Indian Hornbill.