36A-2024 – Rosana Antonelli – Terra sig, Soft Raku and Texture

September 1 – 7 2024
 A contemporary interpretation of an ancient technique

Handbuilding or throwing and Raku firing. For all

36A-2024 – Rosana Antonelli – Terra sig,  Soft Raku and Texture


Among the most beautiful and unusual ceramic surfaces, the fascination for Terra sig never fails. Terra sig ( from Terra sigillata = sealed earth) is an antique technique reaching back to the Romans, used to seal low fired vases. It produces a semi matt finish with an array of earthy tones and a soft feel. In this course, Rosana Antonelli will teach Terra sig in a contemporary interpretation.

Techniques taught

We will start the five days of the workshop by making vases or flat objects with slabs or on the wheel. Then we will study the theoretical and practical knowledge for the preparation and application of Terra sig and various finishing methods.  Variation of the surface effects and interesting texture will be obtained by moistening the surface, by work with sponges and brushes and by using resist techniques.


The last two days will be dedicated to the firings. Here we will 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 sig finishing. Each time a transformation will take place during the firing, just before our eyes, enchanting the students.


Students will study in the beautiful environment of La Meridiana, hosted in nearby accommodation and a full meal will be served on all course days.

The artist

Rosana Antonelli graduated at the Art Institute of Rome in Ceramics and then specialized at the Art Institute of Faenza, Italy. Currently she has a studio in Rome. She collaborates with various art Schools and participates in a ceramic project about cooperation in Jordan. President of the CeramicArt Studio association in Rome, she exhibits permanently and carries out teaching activities. She loves the Soft Raku techniques, which she originally learned from Giovanni Cimatti and has won numerous prizes for her work. Her work is found in the major Italian musems dedicated to Ceramics. http://rosanantonelli.blogspot.it/



Rosana Antonelli


Sunday September 1 (arrival) – Saturday September 7 (departure) 2024

Length of course

5 working days in the studio


For all levels




€ 400

Total cost:

€ 1850

Additional Information

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 11 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Lodging in shared double room in apartments of simple standard at maximum 15 minutes walking distance.
Single room and/or upgraded accommodation on request, at additional fee. All apartment types have shared kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Please note that at times, not all room types may be available.
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.

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 Italian consumer legislation, in accordance with the EU consumer protection legislation. In the event of disputes, the competent court is Florence. If the workshop cannot be hold because of an insufficient number of students, the deposit will be fully reimbursed.
Force Majeure
Students must know that cancellations may occur due to events beyond our control (e.g. pandemic, civil disorder, medical or family issues of the instructor). In such case, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different workshop of your choice. The voucher is valid for two years. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.


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.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

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