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Peace project ceramics in prestigious Scripps Exhibition

The M.U.M. Review
Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA
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5 April 2007

Ceramics created by faculty artist Jim Shrosbree with the assistance of adjunct instructor Mara Winningham and advanced students are currently on display as part of the prestigious 63rd Scripps College Ceramics Annual exhibit at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Mr. Shrosbree is one of 11 artists to be featured. Because of the prestige of the venue, an artist is typically only invited once to be in the Scripps exhibition.

Mr. Shrosbree's pieces on display have been produced as part of the Ceramics for Permanent World Peace project. Proceeds of sale of the ceramics support the creation of groups of Vedic Pandits who practice the peace-creating technologies introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The exhibit catalog notes Mr. Shrosbree's renown as a sculptor and that this work, being functional art such as plates, contrasts with his typically ineffable wall-mounted objects.

The catalog describes how the platters, plates, and other pieces exhibited are produced by a group: Mr. Shrosbree creates pieces, some which become prototypes that are then handed off to assistants, who have been provided a palette of colors and either specific or open-ended instructions for their application.

This particular Scripps exhibition is curated by well-known ceramic sculptor Tony Hepburn, faculty artist at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Hepburn selected work based on the theme of design and architecture, a topic not explored by previous Scripps exhibitions. Mr. Hepburn was familiar with Mr. Shrosbree's sculpture, and was intrigued that he was designing functional work related to architecture that could be made by others with proceeds supporting a world cause.

The Scripps exhibit has attracted wide attention and has been featured in various publications, including the February issue of the internationally distributed Ceramics Monthly.

More information on the Ceramics for Permanent World Peace project can be found at The jars, platters, and plates available include artist's originals as well as 'handmade multiples'—the pieces mass-produced with the help of assistants.

Copyright © 2007, Maharishi University of Management

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