Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

Lonely Planet review

Francisco Brennand, born in 1927 into an Irish immigrant family and now considered Brazil’s greatest ceramicist, revitalized his family’s abandoned tile factory to create his own line of decorative ceramic tiles. The expansive indoor and outdoor space is now mostly dedicated to his own enormous and fascinating oeuvre, which ranges over painting, tilework and hundreds of highly original sculptures.

The grounds, set amid thick Atlantic rainforest, include a couple of temples, Moorish arches and all sorts of surreal sculptures including rows of contorted busts and a garden of bizarre sexualized earthworms.