Having a pottery collection can add beauty to your life whether you make your own pots or simply enjoy collecting your favorite pieces from other artists. Pottery, however, is often as fragile as it is gorgeous, and keeping your pottery safe can prove difficult. If you have to move your pottery temporarily or if your collection has outgrown your home, you will need to store your pottery pieces in a safe manner to ensure that they are not damaged.
Make Sure the Pieces are Clean
Before storing your pottery, you will need to clean your collection. Pottery is so delicate that even dust can cause damage, so you will have to be careful. Use lukewarm, soapy water and clean your pottery gently. When drying your now clean pots, make sure you don’t simply leave them in the sun. Exposure to light will eventually result in discoloration. Leaving pottery in the sun for too long can even make the terracotta or porous clay brittle.
Wrap Them Up
It is important that you wrap your pieces to protect them from the elements. However, do not use newspaper that has acidic newsprint. These chemicals can result in discoloration if your storage space becomes humid. Instead, use acid-free paper or soft cloth. This will protect your glazes and paints. Once wrapped, cover it with bubble wrap before putting it in a box. Consider using several layers of wrap on the bottom and sides of a box and make sure the box is totally full. There shouldn’t be any room for the pottery to move around.
Consider Climate-Controlled Storage
You may want to consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit. This is recommended for all expensive and fragile items as these units have temperature and humidity control. If your pottery is stored somewhere that can drop below 40 degrees, it could shock and crack the clay. Vast fluctuations in temperature can also cause problems to your collection.
Visit Our Facility
We have plenty of climate-controlled rooms at STORBOX that are large enough to fill all of your pottery storage needs. Pay us a visit and ask to see the many different-sized rooms we have available. When visiting the facility, make sure to ask us about security and safety so that you will know your collection is safe.