Make a slab torso with a pattern to fit different head sizes and learn how to make hands

In this lesson will offer an overview of the slab construction and refinement of an abstracted torso through the use of a pattern as well as forming the neck and attaching the head. We will then learn how to make hands using simple guidelines.

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.




"Hola Profé Cristina!

I just wanted to express my gratitude that you are going virtual during this time...

There is not a chance in the world that I could ever afford Penland or anywhere else that does long form workshops where you must travel....I have already learned so much, just observing and listening..desde el fondo de mi corazón." - Kerin

"Thanks for the excellent class. Always informative and a pleasure to watch you work." -Richard

"Please relay to Cristina how over the moon I am about this series of classes. These are bite size pieces that can be really digested at a price that makes affordable for everyone, just brilliant." -Jacquita Beddo

"Amazing class!" -Ismael

"Thank you for this course. I've taken two courses in person with you and two on line. I keep learning in all of them so congratulations one more time. I will always be a fan. Im looking forward to what's coming next."


"Thank you very much for another lovely course. Loved it as always."


"Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing what you do and how you make your figures.

I always find something I've missed along the way by watching you each time.

I have enjoyed this and will eagerly await the next online class you offer."


"Thank you, thank you, thank you"

-Catherine Callanan

"Thank you so much! Fantastic as always!"

- Shawn


- bluebirdinparadise

"Wonderful mini workshop! Thank you"

- Isabel Lasa

"Wonderful class!! Thank you so much!"

-Juliette Williams

"Super session Cristina!"

-Christina Andreasson


-Milena Vodanovic

"Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!"

-Ted Davault

"Thank you this was so so nice. Lots of love from India"


"Thank you, Wonderful to watch you work and learn from you.

"-Bestsy Birkner

"Great to see your sweet face again! Wonderful lesson!!---best! "


"Thank you so much! excellent lesson"

- Elaine

"Querida Cristina, eres un genio. Tus clases son de primera. Gracias por compartir tu conocimiento con nosotros." -Angelita Smith

"Hola. Excelente clase!!! lección #2. La disfruté mucho! Te felicito!!!"

- Mariemma Tischer

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
If I purchased a ticket for the live Zoom event, do I have to purchase access to this course?
No! If you purchased access to the initial release of this material that original payment includes access to this course which has all the written information, patterns, pre-recorded materials and recordings of the event. To access go to cristinacordova.teachable.com and log in or register. Once there you need to “purchase” lesson 2, using the coupon codes that were sent ( “torso” or "hands", depending on your session, one per registration) at checkout to receive free access. The “add coupon” button is sneaky and located underneath the image of the course on the checkout page. You do not need to add a card.

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