How To Store Your Pottery

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Throwing pottery is fun, relaxing and provides you with something to do in your spare time. The feel of the wet clay slipping between your fingers as you create piece after piece can give you a sense of calm that is needed in this hectic life. But, what do you do with all of those pieces you've made over the years? Do you sell them, gift them or throw them in the trash? Well, you have one other option that won't require the loss of space in your home – lease a storage unit to store them in for the future.

How do you store hand-thrown pottery in a way that will protect it from getting damaged while being stored? Here, you will learn how to do just that.


Before you put your pottery away to store for a while, it must be cleaned. If you fail to get the dirt, dust and grime off of it, the piece could become discolored.

Unglazed Pottery – Get a clean, dry paint brush and use it to dust the pottery off. The paint brush will allow you to get into all of the crevices and remove the dust that has built up in them. If the dust or dirt won't come off with a dry brush, dip the tip of the brush in water and gently wipe it clean. Set it out to dry, but keep it out of the sun as it could overheat the pottery and cause it to crack.

Glazed Pottery – Mix a few drops of dish soap with very warm water. Dampen a cloth with the mixture and wipe the surface clean. If you cannot get in the crevices, use a paint brush dipped in the water to get those small spaces.

Wrap Each Piece

Each piece needs to be wrapped once it is clean. Don't use newspaper that comes directly into contact with the pottery. If you choose to use newspaper, wrap the piece in tissue or blank paper first to keep the ink from transferring onto the piece.

Box it Up

Pottery can be very heavy, so find several smaller boxes that you can fit a few pieces in, but not so many that the box becomes excessively heavy. Line the bottom of the box with crumpled newspaper and place the piece in the bottom. Crumple more newspaper to place between the pieces in the box. Make sure everything fits tightly together so that it doesn't get jostled around while being transported. Fill the top of the box with newspaper and tape it closed.

Store the Pottery

If you live in an area that experiences extreme high and/or low temperatures, look for a storage unit that offers climate-control. This will help to maintain a steady temperature and keep the pottery from breaking as the temperatures dip below zero and over 100.

Contact a business like Portland Self Storage to learn more.

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