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a packing system.......

updated fri 28 feb 97


Jonathan Kaplan on fri 21 feb 97

OK, wanna stop whinning about broken pots in transit? Here's my system. Has
worked for me for over 20 years.

1. Don't use used boxes.
2. All the major box manufacturers have stock boxes.
3. Double box everything that leaves your shop.
4. Find two sizes of stock boxes that have a 2 inch differential on all
sides and top and bottoms.
That is, like a 22 x 22 x 22 exterior box with an 18 x 18 x 18
interior. Cube configurations
work best.
5. The differential, or the 2 inch void around the inner box is taken up by
"Grey Filler Flats" which are used in the egg industry. These are 12 x 12 x
2 egg holders. Grey filler flats are available from Atlas Paper Company
(800) 264-5765
6. Place a layer of these on the bottom inside of the outer box. Cut to
fit. Tape, staple, hot glue or what ever 1 flat on each side of the inner
7. Pack the inner box. We use bubble and styofoam to float the work. Each
piece is wrapped in bubble and items are grouped into modules and taped
together. Use corrugated shims and flats where necessary to islolate the
work from each other. Over fill the interior box with styrofoam and shake
rattle and roll to fill all voids. Seal the inner box.
8. Place a layer of filler flats on top of the inner box, and seal the
outer box. Done.

This constructs a bomb proof system that not only isolates the work in the
inner box from its neighbors, but also isolates the inner box from the
outer box. And for all who are recyle conscious, we collect and re-use the
loads of otherwise discarded peanuts and bubble from other businesses in
town. My best advice is not to skimp on your packing. If you do, it is
usually returned to you in otherwise broken useless shards.


Jonathan Kaplan
Ceramic Design Group Ltd./Production Services
PO Box 775112
Steamboat Springs CO 80477
(970) 879-9139*voice and fax