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I learned more in a week about clay, firing, and glazes than in all my art courses in undergraduate and graduate school combined!  Thank you Brenda! - Kasse Andrews-Weller, Italy Workshop

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Upcoming Workshops





Creating Dimensional Wall Art in Tuscany, Italy


Sun, Sep 29th, 2019 - Sat, Oct 13th, 2018
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Certaldo, Italy

Cost: $2569; 2200 Euro for a double; add 250 Euro for single

Creating Dimensional Wall Art in Tuscany, Italy

Come for the Experience - Leave Transformed!
CREATE DIMENSIONAL WALL ART IN ITALY. Don't miss out on this wonderful 14-day hands on workshop that will rock your creative world!

This workshop is designed to help EVERYONE open up to new ideas about clay and wall art. The workshop is hosted by La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Certaldo, Italy.

Ceramic Artist Brenda McMahon will guide participants through creation, glazing and firing their newly designed dimensional ceramic wall art. Brenda will provide several techniques on how to install and hang the completed artwork.

Certaldo is in the hills of Tuscany, just one hour south of Florence and 1 hour north of Sienna. The focus of the workshop is to provide all the skills needed to explore a new art form or make changes in the one with which you are working.

The workshop fee includes 10 full studio days, clay, firings, housing and a gourmet lunch at the magical hands of chef Lucia. There is one full free day for personal explorations plus 1 group day trip. Evenings are a combination of free time to enjoy at your leisure plus wine tasting, olive oil sampling and visits to ancient city of Certaldo. Students will enjoy a 3-course LUNCH each day, including local wines in a traditional 'knees under the table' Italian style dining.

Participants will have access to a kitchen and fridge to prepare breakfast & lite dinner meals. There are 12 spaces available. Deposits of 400 euro will be accepted by La Meridiana. All offerings are available for spouses who don't want to participate in the clay side, but want to be in Italy for a reduced fee.

This workshop will be held in the new Nature Studio, a most inspiring environment in the gardens of La Meridiana.

Brenda McMahon has been creating dimensional ceramic wall murals for more than 15 years. Her Tile Wall Art is in private collections across the United States and in half a dozen hospitals nationwide. Brenda's unique wall art and her easy glazing techniques will open up a world of possibility for creating large and dimensional ceramic wall art. Brenda has been teaching professional ceramic workshops since 1998.

Please Email Brenda if you have any questions or want more information.



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La Meridiana


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Pietro, The Artist & Visionary


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A morning stroll


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Claudia - Perfection!


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wine tasting


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Making Friends...


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Siena's Piazza


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Italian Sculptor


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Lucia in her kitchen


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The Food!!


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Firings...


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The joy!


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The history...


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The Art.


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The memories....


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Brenda carving..


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Brenda McMahon





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