Tuscany: Terra Sigillata and Raku Dolce

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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 sedonaott@icloud.com

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

Daily Program

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!

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Rosana Antonelli

Rosana Antonelli

Born in Argentina, Rosana graduated in “Ceramic Art “from the Art Institute in Rome, the following year she attended a ceramic course at the Art Institute in Faenza.

In 1984 she opened the studio “Artemisia ” in Rome, taking part in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad.

Rosana collaborated with many studies of art and from 1989 to 2004 and worked in Rome in ceramics Sarti studio.

In 2009 she was recognized by the French organization “Art and Metiers” she was also invited to exhibit at the Paris International Salon “Maison & Objet”.

In 2010 she was invited by the Cyprus Pottery Association, as a teacher for the technique of italian terra sig.

She joined in the birth of Keramos Ass. Cult. in Rome, where she exhibits and conducts teaching and is among the founders of the Project CiE “Ceramica in Espansione”.

She is teacher at the “Meridiana International Ceramic school“ to Certaldo.

Her works can be visited at:

MUDA Museum to Albissola

Museum Giannetti to Saronno

Keramos Ass. Cult. to Rome

See more about Rosana Antonelli in this article from Pottery Illustrated:


2018        Keramicos Viterbo

2018        Orto Botanico di Roma ” Risvegli”

2018        Sienna – Sala dei Vasai –

2018        XXV Int.Contest Mediterranean 


2017        Gualdo Tadino 39th International


2017        Sienna – Sala dei Vasai – “Contenuti”

2016        2nd price at the“Rassegna

                 int. della ceramica in Albissola Marina

2015        2nd prize at the “Coffeebreak” Museum Giannetti in  Saronno

2015         “Convivium “ Contest in Appignano

2012         6th prize at the “IDEA QB”

2005         “Lodifaceramica” Contest in Lodi

1985          Gualdo Tadino 25th Int. Contest   

Permanent expositions:

Albissola MUDA Museum

Saronno (I) Museum Giannetti

Rome at the Ass.Cult. Keramos

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
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In-Person and Online Workshops

  • A student may pay in full or place a $500 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.