Since most of what I make is shipped out of town, packing and shipping is a big part of my professional practices. Six years ago I purchased a 6’x6’x8’ shed that I use to store bubble wrap, foam peanuts and cardboard boxes. I collect these supplies year round (from neighbors, family and dumpsters) and recycle as much as I can in order to keep my expenses down. Porcelain needs a lot of cushion to withstand the harshness of cross country and international travel so all of my work is double boxed and wrapped with generous amounts of bubble wrap.
Packing is something that I had to learn on my own since it was never discussed when I was a student. I learned a lot about the proper way to pack when work was returned to me from galleries. I saw the care that went into labelling and wrapping delicate areas and the use of foam to minimize waste when double boxing.
My professional practices students leave my class with this knowledge. They learn how to pack using the double box method and learn how to build wooden crates for 2D and 3D work.
Phase 1: Gently wrap whiskers
Phase 2: Wrap ears and tiny arms
Inner box is cut out to allow for whiskers.
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