Ceramic Workshops & Saggar Firing

What Participants are Saying...

"You're opening doors for us with this new approach to clay..."

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, 2015

I am torqued to get to work as never before!
Thank you again for your generosity!
- DeLana, Saggar workshop, 2015

I got more than I expected from the workshop because of your relaxed, natural approach to clay; You are an engaging, and organized teacher. - Deborah, Tile Making Workshop, 2015

I am in Chicago but my thoughts are about you and your workshop. Thank you so much for this incredible experience working-learning and watching you creating your artworks! Best wishes to your gallery and much love from me. - Irina R., Italy Tile Workshop, 2019

We've gone through just one day of this workshop and it's already well worth the cost of admission! - Lu Baird, Italy Tile Making Workshop, 2019


Check out our Blog where you can learn techniques on saggar firing and creating tile wall art.

A Taste of Art Workshops

Brenda McMahon shares her techniques in monthly three-hour sessions at the Brenda McMahon Gallery.  With small groups and respectful Social Distancing guidelines.

Brenda will teach the design and creation of a single dimensional tile. Beginning with raw clay you will draw, shape, form and texturize your own art piece. Brenda will glaze and frame the work. It will be ready for pickup at the Gallery.

While creating, participants will enjoy gourmet bites and beverages with each art workshop.  Come to Gulfport, Florida where we are SAFE and STRONG and you’re bound to be INSPIRED! The only pre-requisite is an open mind and sense of adventure.


Each 3-hour class is $125 per person. Cost includes instruction, materials, firings & framing.  Class limit: 3-4 participants.

Upcoming Dates

September 8th, 2021 Register Online
October 6th, 2021 Register Online


Upcoming Full Workshops





Tile Art & Glaze Alternatives in Italy

Ceramic Mural detail


by Brenda McMahon Ceramics

Sun, Aug 29th, 2021 - Sat, Sep 11th, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: $2400 euro

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Tile Art & Glaze Alternatives in Italy

Creating a Painterly Surface with Ceramic Stains
Are you frustrated by the limitations of glazing? Do you struggle with thick colours ruining the delicate details on your ceramic surface? Have you been looking for alternative glaze surfaces but haven’t been happy with any of them? If you say yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!

Brenda McMahon developed her ‘alternative’ glazing process because she always felt traditional glazes were too thick and too heavy on the surface. She longed for a soft finish with subtle layers of color - and so began exploring her own approach to surface more than 15 years ago. Today Brenda has a palette of over 30 ceramic stains, alongside terra sigillata and colored clay techniques all of which come together to achieve the painterly finish on her ceramic tiles.
In this 13-day workshop, students will learn how to achieve Brenda’s liberating glaze techniques. This painterly approach to glazing can be used on all ceramic surfaces.

Workshop fee includes: Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day, Studio open 12 hours per day; All materials and firings; lodging in double room (single room on request at an additional fee of 440 euros). Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days. Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner. Coffee break in the mornings and evenings. Excursions.



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Ceramic Mural Commission


by Brenda McMahon Ceramics

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Carved Vase


Glazed with ceramic stains

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Bodhi Tree Wall Art


by Brenda McMahon Ceramics

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Carved Lidded urn


Glazed with Ceramic Stains

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Ceramic Wall Mural


Alternative glazing by Brenda McMahon

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Ceramic Wall Mural


Alternative glazing by Brenda McMahon

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Detail


Ceramic & Stone glaze with stains




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