Two Sides of the Same Coin
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist known for his ability to integrate science into mainstream pop culture. He is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, hosts and operates the television and radio show StarTalk, is the author of 13 books, and has 9.8 million Twitter followers. He’s an accomplished man, to say the least.
Cherrico Pottery has long been fans of Dr. Tyson’s work, specifically because he sees the value in art. He says artistic expression and scientific discovery cultivate the same emotions. It’s both a scientist’s and artist’s job to communicate the awe, splendor, and the beauty of the world around us. Dr. Tyson says that one large difference between art and science is that if a scientist doesn’t discover something in the universe, someone else will. Art, on the other hand, is something different:
“In the arts, what you create, no one who was ever born before you or will be born after you from your death onwards, will ever compose exactly the same thing you did.”
Creativity and Science
Our friends at StarTalk created a video with a few reasons for why it’s important to continue art education. Dr. Tyson is an expert in the sciences, but he understands that in order to succeed and grow in scientific knowledge, you must have certain skills that aren’t always taught in science classes.
One of these skills that overlap between art and science is creativity. Dr. Tyson points out in this video that the human mind is capable of both precision and creativity. The best scientists are creative and the best artists bring some rationality and order into their artwork. What makes Joel’s Cosmic Mugs so spectacular is because he has integrated both creativity and order into each mug. The cosmic glaze on each mug is not meant to depict the cosmos, but instead, express it.
When Dr. Tyson speaks about the topic of art and science, there’s a good chance he brings up Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. He often says that it’s the first painting that didn’t reflect reality, but instead emotion. He says that art and science are the two of the few things we create that will last past our lifetime.
Joel has gifted Dr. Tyson and the team at StarTalk a few different mugs throughout the years to show his support. Dr. Tyson personally owns a Moon Mug and a Cosmic Mug. Joel also supports StarTalk radio and podcasts by donating to them through Patreon. Joel even sometimes wears a StarTalk shirt in his Facebook live videos. Inspired by StarTalk’s Patreon, Joel recently has launched his own Patreon. It’s a way for fans of Cherrico Pottery to get more content. Don’t worry though, Joel will still be active on Facebook, including his live videos.
Halloween might be every child’s favorite holiday, and Dr. Tyson was no different. Maybe it was a sign of his future career when his favorite candy bars were Milly Ways and Mars Bars.
Halloween Pottery Giveaway ($446 value)
Thanks so much for reading this far. Please feel free to enter this giveaway, in celebration of Halloween. 4 winners: 3 of Joel’s best Cosmic Mugs, and 1 Signed Copy of ”Ceramics TECHNICAL” that published about Joel’s Cosmic Mugs.