1. Introduction

A project log for 3D Pottery Machine for kids' STEM education

Cornstarch mini pottery machine, built with an old printer and cd-player, and useful for kids' STEM education

guillermo-perez-guillenGuillermo Perez Guillen 05/23/2022 at 00:440 Comments

Pottery is the process and the products of forming vessels and other objects with clay and other ceramic materials, which are fired at high temperatures to give them a hard and durable form. Major types include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The place where such wares are made by a potter is also called a pottery. In art history and archaeology, especially of ancient and prehistoric periods, "pottery" often means vessels only, and sculpted figurines of the same material are called "terracottas".

Pottery is one of the oldest human inventions, originating before the Neolithic period, with ceramic objects like the Gravettian culture Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine discovered in the Czech Republic dating back to 29,000–25,000 BC, and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BC. 

In my case, I was inspired by the miniature pottery that is built in my country, below I show you an image of these samples:

I got into this interesting art, but looking for homemade, not industrial goals. I discovered that some people use cornstarch to make a simple but attractive craft that can be experimented with, and even this can be viable for marketing in a sustainable way. Below I show you some experiences that I have achieved.