LESSON #1 Make a head in clay and capture the sculpted information in a bisque mold to generate multiples

In this lesson we will create a small clay head (about 4"h), using slabs, with the support of a simple template that will help to generate the primary shape we will develop with further modeling. We will touch on bone structure, features and cleaning strategies. I will then show you how to create a simple bisque mold to capture information and expedite the creation of multiples.

In order to recreate the process at home you will need clay, a rolling pin, a way to print and basic modelling tools. This lesson includes a written breakdown of specific materials and the head template.

All levels welcome!


"Hi Cristina,
Thank you again for offering another excellent on line workshop. I learned so much watching your presentation and have now found some time to get back into the studio."

-Kim Brown

"Thank you for your Zoom class this past Sunday, it was excellent! I am especially grateful for all of the additional materials and the archived video. You gave so much information during the demonstrations I am so grateful to be able to watch and pause and work at a slower pace."


"Hi Cristina, Thanks so much for this lesson. I really appreciate the insights to your working and teaching methods. This hour and a half had so much information in it! Thank you also for being so generous with sharing the resources and recordings afterwards. I hope you and yours are well. Best,"


"Thank you Cristina - your talents are immense and your generosity with your process….. very grateful.

with admiration"

-Marité Acosta

"The workshop was wonderful, thank you."

-Darla Jackson

"I took part in your zoom course yesterday. It was great! Thank you. "

-Nina Cairns

"Where I'm not a ceramic artist, I enjoy these and glean a lot for my drawings which I tend to visualize three-dimensionally. They also tempt me to pick up clay and actually work with it again. So once more, thank you! "

-June Lambla

"Thank you so much for this class. It was fantastic and I can’t wait to give it a go as I’ve never sculpted more than a hand years ago."

"Cristina, tu clase es un placer y una experiencia en aprendizaje. Gracias"

-Angelita Smith

"Dear Cristina....Thank you so much for today's online session. I really enjoyed learning your process and of course come away with more paths to explore."

"Again thank you for today's session..."

-Sandra Giumta

"I just wanted to thank you for your presentation today. I learned so much and look forward to your next one. Again, thank you so much for sharing your remarkable talent!"

"Thank you so much Cristina that will be great! I really enjoyed the workshop you are so clever! Best wishes,"


"Really enjoyed the instructional video. As a young artist I hope to see more..

Thanks for making a great experience during this time."

-Tyler Podomik

"I love the way you demonstrated this time. Yesterday, using the head pattern I was able to follow along and it seemed seamless! The structure of the head clicked in a new way even though I've been working in clay for 4 years now."

-Susan Fiori

Your Instructor

Cristina Córdova
Cristina Córdova

Cristina Córdova received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and continued to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2002 she entered a three year artists residency program at Penland School of Crafts where she later served in the board of trustees from 2006 to 2010.

Some of Cristina's recognitions include a 2015 United States Artist Fellowship, an American Crafts Council Emerging Artist Grant, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Virginia Groot Foundation Recognition Grant and several International Association of Art Critics Awards.

Cristina has taught at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Mudfire (GA) ,Odyssey Center for Ceramics (NC) and Anderson Ranch (CO) ,among others.

In 2011 she 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. Most recently, Córdova has directed her energy to the development of virtual and hands-on courses centered around figurative ceramic sculpture through her site thefigureinclay.com.

Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington , D.C.), the Everson Museum (NY), the Fuller Craft Museum, (MA), the Mint Museum of Craft and Design (NC), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico ( PR), the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (PR), and the Joseph-Schein Museum in NY.

She currently lives and works in Penland, NC.



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