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Dimensional Tile Wall Art in Tuscany, Italy

July 7 - 18, 2015

Tue, Jul 7th, 2015 - Sat, Jul 18th, 2015

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

2015 is a big year for workshops in Italy. This will be my SECOND Ceramic Workshop held in Tuscany, Italy in the small town of Certaldo.

From September 20 - 27, 2015, Brenda McMahon will be teaching a hands on Clay & Yoga workshop at La Meridiana School of Ceramics.

This 10-day workshop is designed for ART TEACHERS but open to students at all levels. This is a saggar & smoke firing workshop. We will be saggar firing the artworks in Brenda's signature Saggar Style.

La Meridiana, located in Certaldo, Italy, offers an exciting opportunity to get you hands in clay - make your artwork in Italy and use the materials of the land to fire the kilns! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.....

This 10 day workshop is designed to help ART TEACHERS gain CEU credits to maintain their teacher certification. Trips to historical ceramic museuems and ancient Italian cities will round out the historical base to this hands on clay workshop. Art teachers and other participants will return home filled with inspiration and ready to share what they learned.

All this includes 9 full studio days, with several day trips on weekends, wine tasting and visits to ancient Certaldo during the week. Each day will end as teachers & participants share a meal in a traditional 'knees under the table' Italian style dining.

All students will have access to a kitchen and fridge to prepare lunch time meals at their leisure. All this, wine tasting; olive oil sampling & free transportation to nearby villages included in your fee. There are 12 spaces available. Deposits of 400 euro will be accepted by La Meridiana.

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

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Hand-building & Paper Pod Saggar Firing

Tuscany, Italy September 20-27, 2015
Hand-building & Paper Pod Saggar Firing

The Residence


Sun, Sep 20th, 2015 - Sun, Sep 27th, 2015

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

This is my THIRD Ceramic Workshop to be held in Tuscany, Italy.

From September 20 - 27, 2015, Brenda McMahon will be teaching a hands on Clay & Paper Pod Saggar Firing workshop in Tuscany, hosted by La Meridiana School of Ceramics. This hand-building only workshop will be held down the road at the beautiful Fattoria Bacio.

The 7-day workshop is open to students at all levels. This is a hand-building workshop so if you've never touched clay before, this is the perfect choice for you. We will be saggar firing the artworks using Brenda's signature Paper Pod Saggar Technique. The Clay workshop will have an added feature - Introductory Yoga for all students interested in bringing mindfulness into their creative process. The only requirements are a love of clay, an interest in yoga and a desire to see Tuscany!

La Meridiana, located in Certaldo, Italy, offers an exciting opportunity to get you hands in clay - make your artwork in Italy and use the materials of the land to fire the kilns! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.....

This workshop runs in tandem with a 7-day Watercolor Workshop at the same location. Artist, Kit Paulsen will teach 12 students watercolor techniques as they sketch the lands and paint the colors of Tuscany. Kit and Brenda met in Italy in 2013 and decided to join creative forces for a workshop in tandem in 2015.

Perhaps you're a potter, but your friend or partner is a painter. You can both experience a creative outlet in Italy - and share your day's journeys around the dinner table. Eat, Pot, Paint!

Brenda decided to bring her love of yoga into the workshop by beginning each day with a quiet yoga meditation or ending each evening with an exploration of a gentle physical yoga practice while overlooking the hills of Tuscany. It has been Brenda's long time vision to bridge her love of clay and yoga - and now it is here.

Days will begin and end with a thoughtful and easy yoga practice. In between there will be 3 full studio days; one day trip and 2 kiln firing days. The program offers evening wine tasting, trips to the ancient town of Certaldo and a day trip to Sienna. At the end of each day we will share a meal with all the artists in a traditional 'knees under the table' Italian style dining.

Each student will have access to a kitchen and fridge to prepare lunch time meals at their leisure. All this, wine tasting; olive oil sampling & free transportation to nearby villages included in your fee. There are 12 spaces available. Deposits of 400 euro will be accepted by La Meridiana. The cost of the program is 1650 Euro for a double room ($2,277 at 1.38 rate of exchange) OR 2050 Euro for a single room.

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

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Tuscany, Italy

Cost:

$1650 Euro for double; 2050 Euro Single



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A Private Room


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Tuscan Lands


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A Tuscan View


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Local town: Certaldo


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The Dining Room


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The Studio, Inside


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Tuscan Countryside


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Ancient with Modern Amenities


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A Pool too!


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Perfect for Outdoor Yoga!


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La Meridiana: The School


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Certaldo views


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To the Market...


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Brickstones of Certaldo


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Certaldo's Main Street


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Nearby San Gimignano


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Neaby Pisa


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Florence


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Firenze




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