For many of us, space constraints and/or financial constraints make it unpractical to have kilns in our studios. For me, the obstacle is not be prepared to spend the amount of money required for electrical upgrades needed in my home studio. So, like many of you, I rely on others to fire my pottery. A constant challenge is getting our fragile items to where it needs to get to in one piece. I have thought of a couple of solutions to this problem. Even if you are one of those lucky ceramic artists who don’t have to transport greenware, these tips can be helpful for transporting finished pottery or ceramics to arts festivals, craft fairs and galleries.
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Over the years I have used many methods of transporting fragile greenware from place to place with varying success. One of the easiest methods I have discovered for carting greenware over short distances is to use inflated balloons to hold the various pieces in place while in transit.
I place as many pots as I can in a box without them touching each other or the edge of the box. I stuff polyester fiberfill (used for stuffing pillows, etc.) around each pot. It only takes a second to do this and the fiberfill can be reused as well.
In my car boot, I have covered the floor with rubbery, bumpy shelf liner, which is sold next to contact paper at home centers. This keeps the pot from sliding around while the car is in motion.
If you need to ship your ceramics, there are also a number of specialist fragile goods removalists that are highly experienced in handling fragile goods with care. Check out this removalists directory as well as yelp’s removal directory and possibly even take a look at Start Locals removalists directory.