In 1689 Isaac Newton conducted an experiment where he hung by a rope a bucket filled with water.
The rope is twisted up tightly on itself and then the bucket is released beginning to spin rapidly. Here
Newton’s description of what happens:
“The surface of the water will at first be flat, as before the bucket began to move; but after
that, the bucket by gradually communicating its motion to the water, will make it begin to revolve,
and recede little by little from the centre, and ascend up the sides of the bucket, forming itself into a
Inspired by this experiment we have exchanged the rope for a turntable, the bucket for a hollow
hemisphere and water for non-toxic resin to create a series of bowls that capture this moment in
time, which will always make each piece unique.
We use different colours of resin to show the way the liquid moves whilst travelling through
inertia. To make the most of this we have also created tools to disrupt the flow of the material and
highlight the process.
The outside shape of the bowl is determined by the “bucket”, in this case a hemisphere, the inside is a
perfect parabola created by the dual effect of gravity and inertia.