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Introduction to Clay Figurative Sculpture

A course by Cristina Córdova , Ceramic Artist

Ceramic Artist. Mitchell County, United States.
Joined May 2019

Explore expression, character, and the human figure to construct a unique clay bust using the slab building technique

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Explore expression, character, and the human figure to construct a unique clay bust using the slab building technique

A course by Cristina Córdova

Body language, movement, and expression are what give life to any structure and the medium of clay gives you the opportunity to explore them. Ceramic artist Cristina Córdova specializes in figurative sculpting, combining ceramic construction techniques with traditional modeling. She plays with both naturalism and abstraction to explore the human figure. Cristina has won several International Association of Art Critics Awards, and her work is part of a number of permanent collections across the US.

In this course she shows you how to hand sculpt a hollow ceramic bust using the slab building technique. Learn the foundations of building a three-dimensional form, and explore anatomy, gesture, and expression to bring your sculpture to life. See how slabs of clay can become a work of true beauty.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 11 downloads

Materials and Tools
5 minutes, 54 seconds
Preparing Your Workspace
2 minutes, 22 seconds
Printing Templates
5 minutes, 48 seconds
Making Clay Slabs
9 minutes, 4 seconds
Forming the Neck and Upper Torso
11 minutes, 37 seconds
Forming the Head 1
15 minutes, 27 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (888)
  • 23314 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 56m)
  • 11 additional resources (3 files)
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  • Audio: English, English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Create a hollow ceramic bust, including head, neck and upper torso, through the use of simple patterns and the slab building technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in working with the medium of clay, from beginners in the craft, to sculptors who want to explore hollow construction.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is needed.

In terms of materials, you will need paper, sculpture clay, a scoring tool, a clay knife, a wire tool, paddle, ribs, and other materials specified by the teacher in the course.


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Cristina Córdova

A course by Cristina Córdova

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Cristina Córdova is an award-winning ceramic artist from Puerto Rico, who specializes in figurative sculptures that combine ceramic construction techniques with traditional modeling. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in her home country she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Sculpture has spoken to Cristina from a young age and been the medium of her creativity because of the way movement and body language can be expressed through it.

Cristina’s recognitions include two American Craft Council Emerging Artist Grants, several International Association of Art Critics Awards, and a three year artists residency program at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, where she is now based. Her work is also part of a number of permanent collections across the US, and she has given demonstrations at numerous universities around the world.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Before We Begin

    • Materials and Tools
    • Preparing Your Workspace
    • Printing Templates
  • U3

    Getting Started

    • Making Clay Slabs
    • Forming the Neck and Upper Torso
    • Forming the Head 1
    • Forming the Head 2
    • Forming the Head 3
    • Assembling Parts into Strong Gestures 1
    • Assembling Parts into Strong Gestures 2
  • U4

    Clarity and Expression

    • Refining Shapes 1
    • Refining Shapes 2
    • Fine Tuning the Surface 1
    • Fine Tuning the Surface 2
    • Preparing for Firing
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Clay Figurative Sculpture

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Introduction to Clay Figurative Sculpture. Craft course by Cristina Córdova Best seller

Introduction to Clay Figurative Sculpture

A course by Cristina Córdova
Ceramic Artist. Mitchell County, United States.
Joined May 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (888)
  • 23314 students