[Clayart] traveling with pottery

Hank Murrow hmurrow at efn.org
Sun Oct 16 10:03:16 EDT 2016

On Oct 16, 2016, at 2:52 PM, sumi <sumi at herwheel.com> wrote:

> A question for those of you who frequently travel to conduct workshops: if you want to take pottery with you, how do you do it? Check a carefully packed box when you fly, or ship a box to the workshop site? A third option is to check your clothes and carry on the pottery but there is a size limitation to that approach.
> Thanks, Sumi

Dear Sumi;

I am in Sasayama, Japan where I just completed a workshop at John Dix's studio for Japanese potters and ex-pats. Now, we make the week-long push to ready the anagama for a firing.

I brought 47 pots, mostly wood fired, and many tools for a month's work time before we load the kiln. I brought all of that in a 16"Diam. x 21"H. fiber drum with metal lids and floor. I wrapped the pots in bubblepack and used ¼" plywood discs to layer the pots in the drum___about six layers. The discs kept side blows from collapsing the drum, and separated the layers of pots so they did not strike each other. The drum weighed 70#'s in my studio, and 74 in the airport, so I removed two pots and made the 70# limit on Air Canada. They charged a $100 fee for the overweight, but nothing for the over size. I have done this before, as the stickers on the drum attest. France, Crete, Japan, and the east coast twice.

I have never had a pot break, even the bisque I brought back from Mashiko in 2006.

Hope this helps, Hank in Eugene normally, but in Sasayama now.

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