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35-2021 – Brenda McMahon – Glaze Alternatives

35-2021 – Brenda McMahon – Glaze Alternatives
August 29 – September 11 2021
Creating a Painterly Surface with Ceramic Stains
Handbuilding, Glaze techniques. For all levels


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!

Techniques taught

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 colour – 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 coloured clay techniques all of which come together to achieve the painterly finish on her ceramic tiles.

Teaching method

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. Students will learn how ceramic stains work, how to mix, apply and layer them. Terra sigillata and coloured clay as a surface will also be explored. Students will have TWO glazing sessions. One right out the gate to get sample results and the second later in the workshop. Students can work on hand-building, tiles and sculpture in this late Summer workshop.

Studio space and logistics

The workshop is held in the Nature Studio. Open on three sides, the studio is located at the base of the La Meridiana hill beside the wood kiln, a flight of stairs from the main studios.There will be 7 studio working days, 1 bisque firing day and 2 glaze days. Studio days will be filled with techniques offered and ample time for participants to explore those techniques. This dynamic glaze treatment will teach you how to put the surface you WANT on your art pieces, not just the surface that’s AVAILABLE. Brenda’s non traditional glazing style will rock your world and free your creative mind.

The Artist

Brenda McMahon has been a full ceramic artist for more than 25 years, teaching professional workshops for more than 20 years. Brenda’s ceramic work is in hundreds of private and public collections across the United States. This will be Brenda’s 5th workshop at La Meridiana. www.BrendaMcMahon.com

DATE: August 29 – September 11, 2021

LEVEL: Handbuilding, Glaze techniques. For all levels



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The workshop fee includes the following:
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 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 in the evenings

Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit is required at registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the payment on-line. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed once the deposit has been accredited in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the EU consumer protection legislation.
If La Meridiana cannot hold the course due to unforeseen events beyond our control, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different course of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the new course.

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