What happens when you drop a cylinder from a height?

In an experiment, I wanted to drop 1kg (same) clay cylinders, from different heights to see what happened. Instead I tested 5 different clay bodies, dropped from the same height. It was an interesting way to get to know the structural properties of different clay, and to achieve unexpected results; from dramatic ripples to a slight lean.

On a whim I dropped a cup; it looked like it had melted and I made a series of ‘Melting Moment’ cups. The cups were selected for the 2018 annual Ceramicus exhibition at the Academy galleries in Wellington, and inspired me to drop more cups.

ceramic melted porcelain cup