Italy calls us again to the La Meridiana International School of Ceramics where we will explore an antique Roman technique used to seal low fired vases, Terra Sigillata (sealed earth). It is among the most beautiful and unusual ceramic surfaces, with colors ranging from cream to rust, through spectacular oranges. Rosana Antonelli will teach Terra Sigillata in a contemporary interpretation. We start by making our clay objects and then study various finishing methods and learning to prepare the Terra Sigilatta. We will also learn how to obtain deep blacks and beautiful craquelé through the technique of Soft Raku, a way to enhance further the beauty of the Terra Sigillata finishing technique.
Included: Workshop with all materials included at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics. Lodging at authentic Tuscan country home (double occupancy, single supplement available). Welcome Dinner with wine. Welcome Breakfast. Gourmet Tuscan Lunches prepared daily during the workshop. Grand Finale Dinner! Shopping trip to Certaldo for breakfast and light dinner fare. Pick up and drop off in Certaldo for the beginning and end of the workshop. Non-student guests may be accommodated on a space available basis at a reduced fee – call the Arts Center for information.
Dennis Ott, Head of Ceramics department at Sedona Arts Center will be attending and coordinating the trip. As he has done numerous field expeditions to La Meridiana he is an excellent contact for any specific questions. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not Included: Airfare, transportation to Certaldo by train from Florence. Breakfast and Dinners (excepting Welcome Dinner, Welcome Breakfast, and Grand Finale Dinner.)
See more about Rosana Antonelli in this article from Pottery Illustrated
Sunday Afternoon: arrival after 3:00 pm; Welcome Dinner
Monday: Welcome Breakfast, presentation of the course, considerations for the preparation of Terra Sig; start making of pieces; food shopping for breakfast and dinners
Tuesday: making of pieces
Wednesday: surface finishing with Terra Sig and engobes; kiln loading, candling
Thursday: firing; theoretical lesson; free afternoon; possibility of trip to San Gimignano or Sienna
Friday: firing – Soft Raku; Grand Finale Dinner
Saturday Morning: final considerations and good bye!