2020 Courses & Programs


The Head In Clay : An Online Course

This class gathers 18 years of insight and information regarding the head that I put to use daily in my own studio practice. The course takes you step by step to help you navigate the structure and surface of the head through detailed demos, patterns and diagrams that simplify the complicated dynamics of the human form. It is designed to meet you at any level. Use code: VERDE for a 35%

discount through the month of May.

My new online course MASTER GLAZES: Failsafe Methods And Recipes For Low-fire Figurative Ceramics And Sculpture is taking shape!

Thank you to all of you who have already registered, I know it has taken a while but it will be worth the wait!



New dates TBA

Location: Córdova Studios, Penland, NC

The class will work on developing a 27" full figure in clay through the use of slabs and patterns that can be used to articulate any gesture at different scales. We will focus on proportion and anatomy, sourcing anatomical references and strategies for refining and fine-tuning figurative compositions in clay. Pieces will be developed on a simple armature system that can be adjusted to fit any size. Students will have the option to have their work fired and shipped home after the course.


THE FIGURE IN CLAY : Essential techniques for clarity and expression
NOVEMBER 1-4, 2020
Finca Victoria
Vieques, Puerto Rico

This workshop is a unique way for participants to learn a spectrum of strategies to construct, fire and finish figurative ceramic sculpture. The course will comprise of live demos and thought provoking writing exercises, supported hands-on work sessions and lectures accompanied by additional printed and digital resources. This will be a special opportunity to learn amidst stunning beauty, empower your creativity and reconnect with yourself in the majestic island of Vieques, known for its outstanding white sand beaches, incredible bioluminescent bay, and wild horses that roam throughout the island.


Cristina Córdova: Fleshing - Strategies to Develop the Figure in Clay

New dates TBA

International Center for the Arts

Umbria, Italy

During this 2 week workshop led by Cristina Córdova, students will create a 30” torso through the use of slabs with the support of simple patterns and photographic references. Daily demonstrations will cover the construction and articulation of the hip area and upper torso, arms, hands, head and neck. We will touch on general anatomical concepts and modeling strategies to facilitate accuracy and expression as all the components come together. Surfaces will be developed through the use of slips and underglaze transfers among other approaches. glazed. All levels are welcome.

Included in the cost of the class is an excursion to the nearby city of Orvieto in order to see the majestic Duomo there, with its fantastically expressive sculptures decorating the facade.  For wine lovers, Orvieto has many extraordinary options available for sampling some of the finest white wines in Italy.  



We’d love to hear from you! Reach out today with any questions, or simply to learn more about THE FIGURE IN CLAY.



" I didn't think it was possible to cover the amount of material promised without cutting corners.  But the course was so well structured and organized that we did and more! This is the best workshop I have ever attended."

Katherine Schmidt

"This whole week has been absolutely amazing! Life altering amazing!..."

Edrian Thomidis

“Hi Cristina, Thank you so much for getting back to me, I have resolved the technical issues with the video.  I have watched the course through once and want to wholeheartedly thank you for your generosity in sharing the depth and breadth of your knowledge,  providing such rich and comprehensive material.  I have a UK degree in Sculpture and have been on a number of  CPD workshops in the UK with live models that have not even begun to touch upon the level of detail that you provide and I am so excited to incorporate this into my practice - It has totally re-ignited my passion for the figure!”

Jacquie Shortland