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THE PRINTED FIGURE: Cristina Córdova and Jason Bige Burnett

OCTOBER 8-12, 2018

Cost: $980

12 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

  • 3 firings

  • A great lunch and afternoon coffee or tea

  • 8am-10pm access to the studio


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Join Cristina Córdova, in two immersive weeks of "giving life" to a clay body. Focusing on developing a medium to large scale torso in clay (27-47"h) using slabs and simple patterns that can be used to articulate gestures at different scales, students will benefit from Cristina's exhaustive knowledge and experience in sculpting the human form, as well as her personalized support and critique. Through daily demonstrations and discussions we will focus on proportion and anatomy (head, arms, hands and torso), sourcing anatomical references and strategies for refining and fine tuning figurative compositions for visual strength and clarity. Through the use of colored slips, underglazes and ceramic transfers we will shift into finishing and detailing the surface to optimize expression. The class will focus on a primary sculpture project supported by smaller compositions which will serve as surface and form tests and will be fired throughout the course. Open to all levels of experience


The course will take place at Gaya Ceramic Arts Center: where clay and culture come together...

With a team of masterful ceramicists, designers, and production artists in a setting of unsurpassed tropical beauty, and exquisite cultural craftsmanship: Gaya CAC is a place to expand horizons, to share inspiration and techniques, to experiment, to grow and to dream.

Directed by American wood-firing ceramic artist, Hillary Kane, Gaya Ceramic Arts Center (Gaya CAC) offers a stimulating program of international workshops, continuous weekly wheel throwing classes, and a fabulous ceramic resident artist program.

Some might ask... why come half way around the world to learn throwing skills, or to fire a kiln?  In our view, setting is everything!  Our annual calendar of world class ceramic workshops reflects this: approaching clay not only from the standpoint of a skill-building experience, but also as a creative exploration, tapping stimuli from landscape, architecture, cuisine and culture that cannot be found anywhere else but here in Bali.

Gaya CAC coordinates every detail so that participants can focus on the experience at hand—and that experience is indelible: Bali offers fecundity at every juncture---the creative interpretations are endless.

Tuition: $2,200 ( An $1200 deposit is due with registration with the balance due September 4, 2018)

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.

**Accommodation NOT included.

Please click here to visit our "FOR TRAVELERS" section and learn about lodging options in Ubud.



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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