Explore Magazine Volume 3 Issue 2


Oval Footed Platter: Blue Sky

Linda Arbuckle


Majolica on terracotta

Linda Arbuckle is the 1998 University of Florida Research Foundation Professor from the College of Fine Arts. An associate professor of Ceramics in the School of Art and Art History, Arbuckle's artistic focus is on majolica bowls, cups, dishes and other utilitarian pieces.

Majolica is a low-fired earthenware ceramic, fired to a "biscuit" or unglazed stage, then coated with an opaque unleaded glaze. Intricate designs are then painted on this glaze with brightly colored metal oxides. A second firing causes the opaque glaze and the metal oxide glazes to interact to create deep, brilliant colors.

Described by a colleague as "... one of the most well-known and respected ceramists in the United States," Arbuckle is active in the ceramics field. As former director-at-large for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, she developed a website (http://www.arts.ufl.edu/nceca/) and participates in the Clayart Listserv, where she regularly offers advice to thousands of ceramics enthusiasts in more than 30 countries. Arbuckle's work has been exhibited throughout the United States and featured in numerous ceramics books and magazines. She was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994 and a Florida Individual Artist's Fellowship in 1992.

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