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There are 4 hands on courses taking place this year in addition to THE HEAD IN CLAY and the upcoming release of MASTER GLAZES. We have just published one and will continue to add as final details get sorted. The first published course is the 6th run of THE PRINTED FIGURE and it is open for registration.

The second course will most likely take place in June and will revolve around creating compelling faces in the format of masks in collaboration with Scott Morris ( We will engage with the mask as an object (clay and otherwise) and as a transformational agent in the context of performance (inhabited). The course will mostly focus on fabrication but offer an outlet to perform in some simple way.

The two last courses will take place in August, one in Italy at The International Center for the Arts ( and one at Córdova Studios in Penland in collaboration with Kyungming Park (

Stay tuned and thank you for all your patience and support!

THE PRINTED FIGURE: Cristina Córdova and Jason Bige Burnett

APRIL 15-19, 2019

Cost: $980

9 students per session

Location: Córdova Studios, Penland, NC

We are joining forces for a 5th time to teach this unique combination of figurative ceramic sculpture and surface development through the use of underglaze transfers and monotypes!

The course will include:

  • The basics of anatomy and proportion, building a torso with slabs and finishing and detailing to optimize expression

  • An assortment of printing techniques for clay such as screen, monotype and plaster printing as well as tissue transfers and decals

  • Lectures to show how artists utilize “printing” in clay and inspire conceptual investigation

  • Clay and all necessary materials for printing and developing surfaces including silkscreens, plaster, decals, transfers, slips, underglazes and glazes

  • Insider resources regarding clays, printing materials for clay, printing and anatomy books, models and specialty tools

  • 2 firings

  • A great lunch and afternoon coffee or tea

  • 8am-10pm access to the studio


Because of the slow, gradual unfolding of a clay sculpture it is often hard to relay the full arc of a piece from beginning to end in the traditional workshop context. This course will offer an intimate vantage point to study and understand all of the steps, tools and materials that come into play to create a clay head. With the methods showcased in this course and the open floor chat sessions between demonstrations to answer questions you will be fully empowered to create clay heads of different scales in your own studio. This course includes supplemental printed material that follows the course structure and several opt-ins to customize your experience. 


VIDEO MODULE 1: Before We BeginTools, Materials and Workspace Setup

VIDEO MODULE 2: Sourcing Anatomical References

VIDEO MODULE 3: Hollow Construction With Easy Patterns At Any Scale

VIDEO MODULE 4: The Skull Basics

VIDEO MODULE 5: Adding Features and Introducing Tools

VIDEO MODULE 6: Tricks and Techniques for Refining and Cleaning the Face

Come join over 140 students!


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This course will focus on demystifying glazes and other fireable surfaces in the context of low-fire figurative ceramics and sculpture ranging from cone 05 to cone 1. It will address not only the formulation and sourcing of slips, underglazes and glazes through innumerable recipes and listings but the different methods of applying and firing these materials to achieve rich, layered surfaces of extraordinary depth and interest. The course takes you step by step to reveal the process behind each showcased piece and includes an accompanying e-book: SÚPER-FICIE: Surfaces For Low-fire Figurative Ceramics And Sculpture

After years of gathering insights into pigments, slips, underglazes and glazes though my own work I have organized my favorite approaches to bring sculpture to life. This course will show you how to approach surface development in a multi-layered, dynamic way that will open door after door of possibilities to expand and compliment your forms


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