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  1. Hi there! So I've shipped lots of mugs and smaller items so far, and hand-delivered dinnerware sets, but I've never shipped a dinnerware set. Need some help figuring out what pieces and how many of them will fit in what size box, and the best way to ship it (within USA). I have 6 11in dinnerware plates, 6 7in salad plates, and 6 30oz (2 pint) beer steins. It's kind of a funny mix of pieces to be mailing, so I need to figure out if flat rate USPS boxes are best or a different kind of Priority Mail box. What do you think? Suggestions for how to pack these items and what sizes of boxes to use? Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello everyone, I started taking pottery classes a few months ago and I wanted to buy a wheel as soon as possible, but have found the process really frustrating and complicated. I hope that there is at least one person that can help me out. I'm from Puerto Rico so the free shipping that almost every online store offers doesn't apply. * So my first question is if any of you know about good shipping options to US territories. * I called UPS and FedEx and they gave me quotes of $400 to $600!!! (For a TS Prodigy... 94 lb). Is this NORMAL??? (PR is a US territory, not international shipping) * Since I'm traveling to Florida in March, I had the idea of calling the airline to see if I could bring it as overweight baggage in the same flight with me. If I buy a model under 100lbs (Brent IE, TS Prodigy) I could totally do that and just pay a fee of $75-$100, BUT I know that they would NOT handle it with care. * The only local shop that sells wheels, just sell Speedballs... * I have asked around for a used wheel, and nothing...
  3. Here's a series of photos showing how I pack a lidded vessel for shipping. The whole idea behind this is to create a double box type of package without actually using two boxes. First I prepare the pot by putting a couple of layers of thin foam packing material between the upside down lid and the pot. Then I cover the piece with either bubble wrap or paper, whichever I have handy, and tape it up tight so the lid can't move. The bubble wrap/paper is just there to keep the tape off the pot. I do not ever use bubble wrap as a packing material. It's overpriced, and you have to use many layers of it for it to be effective. Foam sheets are cheaper, and do a better job of protecting lips and edges. Then I put 3 inches or so of packing peanuts in the bottom of the box, followed by a sheet of cardboard. This, and all of the cardboard pieces I will be using, are there to keep the pot from migrating though the peanuts as the package gets jostled about in the shipping truck, as well as provide another layer of protection. Then I start adding peanuts. Once they reach about halfway up the pot, I put in the side baffles. Again, these provide a big flat surface that can't migrate through the peanuts, ensuring that the pot stays centered in the package. I continue filling with peanuts until they are about an inch above the pot, then add a final piece of cardboard to the top. Then I add more peanuts above the top cardboard baffle. Notice how they are mounded up higher than the box. This is so that I can compress them down as I tape up the box, so everything it nice and firm. During shipping the peanuts will settle a bit, so if they're not packed in super tight you'll end up with a loose packing job. Movement is what breaks things during shipping. If nothing can move, nothing will break. So there you have it. Piece of cake. I've always got odd sized boxes laying around that aren't suitable for shipping pots, so I cut those up and use them for the inner baffles. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
  4. It has been a while since I don't post here, I'm back and hope to be more active, I promise I've been talking to a prospective client from the UK, I need to give her a quote for shipping the piece I haven't create yet, it is a kitchen backplash, each tile will be in different size ranging from 3 inches to 10 inches on the longest side, my style doesn't involve geometrically square tiles but curved cuts and in this case very little relief decor, at least that will make wrapping each tile a little bit easier. The backsplash is going to be about 30 sqf and might take me about 100 lbs of clay, I had never shipped something that heavy overseas, please help me
  5. My firing buddy. Steve, just came back from holiday in the states. He purchased one advancer kiln shelf for $300.00 Canadian from Minnesota clay. We would like to purchase about 20 more but can't afford this exorbitant cost. Where do you buy your shelves? Can we go directly to the manufacturer. There is a rumour that these shelves come from India. I have no idea where to get a cheap price. Thanks.
  6. Hello! I am a ceramicist working in Canada and selling to retailers in the US. I have found that when shipping large quantities of work (around 20 objects) to the US, my customers get charged with an FDA fee- this fee was applied only to the objects that fall under the food-use category (to protect against import of food-use pottery that contains cadmium or lead). Any thoughts on how to work around this fee? Thanks in advance.
  7. I received a small order yesterday for a couple of custom mugs that are needed by Christmas. So, I can read the calendar (at least with my bifocals) and know that is just over a month away. We know the drill...design, build, dry, bisque, glaze, cool, pack, ship, etc. and realize that 4 weeks is not a huge hurdle for such an order. With Fed-ex or USPS (or others for international friends), shipping is much more definable than say, 30 years ago, so that part of the equation seems to indicate the package should be on its way at least 4 days before Santa does his thing (I don't like cutting it any closer than that). Here are the questions: Do you set (and announce) a deadline for custom work orders that clients/friends want for Christmas gifts? And, just how do you determine that date? Do you have a firm date on your production schedule for a shipping deadline/cut-off? And, for any of you who have a non-full-time-clay life doing something else in addition to clay work, does this add more stress to the holiday season? -Paul
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