The word “Majolica” derives from Majorca, the name of the Spanish trade
center for exchange between Spain and Italy. It refers to earthenware dipped
in white tin-opacified glaze, and then delicately painted; the traditional
colors being green, brown and violet, blue, yellow, and orange
My work is my attempt to articulate most clearly my desire to help all people achieve self-expression. Every person has an intrinsic need to communicate to the world their inner values and aspirations, thereby expressing their unique creativity. Often people feel incapable of communicating their ideas because a few methods of expression, generally those that are most common, are non-functional for them. I have striven to provide the opportunity for such individuals to realize alternative, aesthetic means of presenting their capability to the society in which they are a member; thus gaining personal fulfillment and visual evidence of potential they never imagined they possessed. It is this aspiration that has been the great focus of my artisitic development.
Deruta, or “di Ruta”, translates literally to “of Ruta”—Ruta referencing
the plant of Deruta, a common theme in Derutan ceramics. It also means “destroyed.”
This facet of its name seems ironically fitting, in light of the history
of this small town of 7,600 inhabitants, nestled in the hills of Umbria,
in central Italy.
This experiment could not have been accomplished without the help of the
following people. Thank you so much!
Eric & Linda Iovacchini
Everyone at Open Hearts
Ledford Scholarship Committee
Open Hearts Art Center is a non-profit organization,established with the
purpose aiding people with developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities
to discover self-expression and self-realization through the visual and
performance arts. Student artists are given creative freedom to find their
voices through a variety of artistic methods.