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Newton's Bucket Bowl

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 concave figure.”

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 colors of resin to show the way the liquid moves whilst traveling through inertia. To make the most of this we have also created tools to disrupt the flow of the material and highlight the process. 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.


Newton's Bucket from Silo Studio on Vimeo.



Please note that the pattern for the Midnight style varies slightly from what is pictured.

Acrylic reinforced gypsum plaster

Small: 14" D x 6" H

Large: 18" D x 6" H

14" Newton's Bucket, Midnight 14" Newton's Bucket, Midnight
$945.00
14" Newton's Bucket, Yellow 14" Newton's Bucket, Yellow
$945.00
18" Newton's Bucket, Yellow 18" Newton's Bucket, Yellow
$1,136.00
18" Newton's Bucket, Midnight 18" Newton's Bucket, Midnight
$1,136.00
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