Transporting Fragile Pots to Kiln Sites or Craft Fairs

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.

If you have any other great tips for transporting fragile work, be sure to scroll down and post them as comments to this feature for others to see.

Balloons 
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.

Cushioning
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.

Ceramics in the real world

Ever thought about the plethora of materials that we come interact with on a daily basis? There are an infiinit amount of materials with unique charactoristics that are used to create all sorts of items we use everyday.

Today, allow me to tell you about ceramics in the real world.

Often when people think about ceramics, they merely think of pottery and decorative items. However ceramics play an extremely important role in for many object you see and many you don’t.

Aside from the day-to-day items of glass wares and ceramic tiles, the ceramics in the present day are vital in aiding the operation of computer systems and electronic products, in medical devices for improving people’s health in a variety of ways, in providing global telecoms, and in safeguarding members of the military.

Ceramics are generally defined as inorganic, non-metallic materials that are made from powdered chemicals. They are typically crystalline in nature (their atoms are arranged in a systematic manner) and are compounds formed between metallic and non-metallic elements such as aluminum and oxygen (alumina, Al2O3), calcium and oxygen (calcia, CaO), silicon and nitrogen (silicon nitride, Si3N4), and so on.

Various “advanced ceramic” products are manufactured by combining high-purity chemicals into desired shapes and then heating them to very high temperatures. The shaped ceramic products thus made can have many desirable properties such as heat resistance, hardness, strength, low electrical conductivity, and unique electro-mechanical characteristics. Thus advanced ceramics are ceramics which are made by tightly controlled methods and therefore they exemplify an “advancement” over the general definition. As a consequence of these refined methods, a new class of ceramics called “advanced ceramics” is born.

Long lasting and harder than steel, advanced ceramics may be found in aircraft engines, automotive engines, cutting tools used for making metal products, the skin of space shuttles, knives, bullet proof armor, artificial hip-joints, computers and microelectronics.