38A-2022 – Brenda McMahon – Glaze Alternatives

September 11 – 24 2022

Creating a Painterly Surface with Ceramic Stains

Handbuilding, Glaze techniques. For all levels

38A-2022 – Brenda McMahon – Glaze Alternatives


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? Glaze Alternatives is  the workshop for you If you say yes to any of these questions.

Techniques taught

Brenda McMahon developed glaze alternatives 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

Glaze Alternatives is a 13-day workshop where 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.The studio days will be filled with demos and ample time for participants to explore the techniques. The 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.

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. Every day a delicious meal will be served.

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


Brenda McMahon


September 11 – 24 2022

Length of course

10 working days in the studio


Surface techniques


For all levels

Total cost:

Euro 2600,00

Deposit for booking:

Euro 700,00


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.


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 230 euros. per week;
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.


La Meridiana is equipped to comply with the current safety standards regarding Covid-19, including social distancing between people in and outside the studio. The daily maintenance of hygiene measures is guaranteed.  Please note that participants will be required to follow the security protocol and to comply with some simple precautions.