How To Pack Ceramics For Moving: Process To Wrap Single & Multiple Ceramic Pieces When Moving

Process To Wrap Single & Multiple Ceramic Pieces When Moving

Some of the oldest vessels known to humankind are made of ceramics (or pottery). They were used to carry and store non-edible items like beverages, meals, and other household items. Even while ceramics date back to some of the earliest human cultures, their practicality and aesthetic appeal have ensured their continued popularity. Ceramic objects must be handled with extreme care when being packed and moved, just like other delicate items. Some ceramic artefacts require extra care since they are unique and handcrafted by individual artists rather than being mass produced, making them more vulnerable to breakage than others.

Packing A Single Ceramic Piece

  • Pack a single ceramic piece in a smaller box with plenty of padding inside and layers of bubble wrap and foam around it to prevent even the smallest amount of movement. Reminder: Don't pack the ceramic piece's box with packing peanuts.
  • Place the smaller box inside the larger one and add more packing material to the larger box to add an additional degree of security. Make sure you tape every layer of material around the object to keep it in place.
  • Last but not least, the boxes' bottoms and tops need to be evenly cushioned with materials like packing peanuts or recyclable Styrofoam sheets.
  • If expanding foam is required, use it, but if you can find enough shredded rags to pack the box firmly enough, do so first. To reinforce the bottom and sides of the outer box, wrap strong packing tape around it from side to side and end to end. Don't forget to tape both boxes close, including the inner and outside top flaps. Of course, you must clearly identify every side as "FRAGILE."

Packing Multiple Ceramic Pieces

  • Perhaps you have a full collection of pottery tableware or you're a potter with several one-of-a-kind pieces that you need to move to a new place. In either case, you must be aware of the ideal method for packing several ceramic pieces.
  • Do the pieces nest together, like with plates and bowls, to begin with? Alternatively, should they be kept apart, much like vases, mugs, and pots (both with and without lids)? Different packaging techniques are required for each group, and it is not a good idea to mix "nestables" and "non-nestables."
  • When done properly, nesting bowls and plates can create a kind of "mutual support" arrangement where one provides more support to those inside and vice versa. These parts must not directly touch one another though. Instead, two sheets of shock-absorbing material, such as bubble wrap, foam cushioning, or corrugated cardboard, should be placed between them.
  • After that, you need to make sure the box is completely empty. Use smaller boxes (packed with padding) to reduce the amount of empty space, and fill the remaining space with additional padding such as packing peanuts, rags, crushed newspaper, etc. Finally, gently move the box around to check for any interior movement.
  • Vases and pots must be packed separately, together with any associated lids. We advise arranging these ceramic items rank-and-file style in one or two layers, side by side. Make sure that each vessel is covered in shock-absorbing material and then taped all the way around, and avoid mixing various sizes.
    Don't leave any room at all in the box.
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