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Cristina Cordova

Biography to Display: 


1998 BA, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 

1998-2000 Special Student, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York 

2002 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York 



2002-2005 Artist in Residence, Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, North Carolina 

2016 Visiting Artist, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, Helena, Montana 



1998 – Studio Artist 



Cristina Cordova is known for hand-built figurative ceramic sculpture. Signature forms include the human bust, life sized human figures, and monumental human figures that can reach up to 7 feet tall. Cordova often sets her sculptures in an environment with either a wall treatment or the addition of elements that can include clay forms or other materials. She is known to expand the presence of wall pieces by including elements that are separate from the main object.  

Experience as a dancer, and early exposure to venerated figures in Catholicism, greatly influences the trajectory of Cordova's work.  

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 


Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York 

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York 

Fuller Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts 

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama 

Museo de Arts de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico  

Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC 




Bibliography to Display: 

Ariail, Kate Dobbs. “Reviews: Cristina Cordova.” American Craft (August-September 2006). 

______________. “Possibilities: Rising Stars of Contemporary Craft in North Carolina. American Craft (October/November 2008). 

Barrios, Mario Alegre. “Enamorada de la Ceramica. El Nuevo Dia, 2003. 

Camper, Fred. “Body Language.” Chicago Reader (May 2005). 

Feaster, Felicis. “Cristina Cordova: Magic Realism.” Creative Loafing (May 2007). 

Gunther, Veronica Alice, ed. 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2004. 

Lovlace, Joyce. “The Body Eloquent.” American Craft (February-March 2012).  

Lucas, Scott. “Dark Horse.” Creative Loafing (May 2004). 

Rodriguez, Jorge. “Cristina Cordova: Mujeres Santas y Renacimentos.” El Vocero, 2001. 

Schultz, Katey, and Linda Hillman. “From the Inside Out – Two Views on the Creation and Experience of Cristina Cordova's Clay Sculptures.” Ceramics Art and Perception (2006).  

Shearing, Graham. “Transformation.” American Craft (June/July 2004). 

Trelles, Rafael. “Cristina Cordova: Mito, Memoria y Lluvia.” El Nuevo Dia (March 2004). 




El Hermosa Naufrago
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Candace Groot
Candace Groot
Correria I
Date: 2008
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware, Mixed Media
Method: Hand Built
Candace Groot
Candace Groot
Plantations in Head (Ornament)
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Robert I. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert I. Pfannebecker Collection

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeff. "The Marks Project." Last modified February 16, 2021.