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The Printed Figure
with Cristina Córdova
August 1–5, 2016

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Building on an introduction to the basics of human anatomy and proper proportioning, Cristina Córdova will guide participants in generating slab-built torsos in this five-day hands-on workshop. Participants will learn strategies for building a figure from drawings and tricks to using slab construction for the head, torso, arms and hands. They will have the opportunity to practice detailing techniques for optimizing clarity and improving expression on a sculpted clay surface. Students will also explore additional surface techniques including overlaying their sculpture with color and pattern through the use of slips, underglazes and underglaze transfers to create vibrant, dynamic surfaces before bisque. Participants are encouraged to come with images or ideas to draw from when experimenting with surface decoration.

Cristina Cordova
Aquí siempre hay más sol, 2015
ceramic, resin, steel

Cristina CordovaCristina Córdova received her MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002 and her BA from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez in 1998. After completing her MFA, Córdova entered a three-year artist-in-residence program at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where she later served on the board of trustees from 2006–2010.

Córdova’s work has been recognized with the following distinctions: an American Crafts Council Emerging Artist Grant, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Grant, several International Association of Art Critics Awards and most recently a 2015 USA Distinguished Fellow in Craft. In 2011, Córdova founded TravelArte (, an ongoing platform that provides educational experiences within the ceramics medium while immersing students in the creative culture of a particular geographical setting. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in North Carolina, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico, the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and the Joseph-Schein Museum in New York. She currently lives and works in Penland, North Carolina.