The Space Shuttle, Atlantis, just launched today– For the final time; an historic event….
A shuttle lift-off is truly exciting (AWESOME) — But I do feel a bit sad that this is the final mission for the Shuttle Progam.
I’m writing this post for several reasons….
1 – My brother-in-law is Dan Tani, US Astronaut — First Japanese-American in Space. And even though he’s not on this particular launch, I’m soooooooo proud of him — So much training, two separate launches, several months on the International Space Station, multiple space-walks, critical repairs, so much more. I am truly in awe of the space-program and the accomplishments of all the astronauts/participants. They are truly pioneers in our age!
2 – It is often presumed that Art and Science don’t mix. As a ceramic artist, however, I am faced with many technical issues that require a rather scientific solution. I love the artistic and aesthetic challenges — But I also enjoy the more technical/scientific challenges in understanding the chemistry of the materials I use — Both the clays and the glaze materials. And any ceramic artist is faced with the technical issues of firing, atmosphere, and more. I certainly feel there is a comfortable, necessary overlap of Art and Science!
3 – And another Art-and-Science connection — The Shuttle is, after all, covered with CERAMIC TILES!!
So, to expand on all those tiles covering the Shuttle, I’m sharing two tiles of my own. Two Maasha Tiles — Wheel-thrown, cut and reshaped, soda fired with slips and glazes. I don’t think they’d work too well on the shuttle — But, as abstract art, they do look like they’re ready to fly away somewhere. Actually, I consider them tiles, but they’re great for serving Sushi.
Finally, to those involved in the space program for so many years, the astronauts, the pioneers — Thanks for the dedication, the accomplishments! And safe journey!!