This collection is one-of-a kind. First, the collector personally knew many of the potters, which is rare; secondly, the size of the collection is quite large, more than 170 vessels. This kind of thing doesn’t happen everyday; in fact I’ve never transported a pottery collection let alone one with so many pieces, so honestly I was nervous. Holly and I had seen photos of many of the pieces in the collection, but we hadn’t seen all the pots, so we had to take our best guess at the supplies we needed. We took a bunch of boxes, modular trays, a large roll of thin polyethylene foam and an extra box of thick foam, tissue and a few scraps of bubble wrap for padding.
|Some of the vessels before packing|
|Modular box with vessels before padding|
So why are we padding things like crazy? First off Maricopa pottery is very fragile, especially the long-necked vases which are incredibly tall (the largest piece in this collection stands at about 20 inches). We were worried about the types of movement that would happen on the drive to Phoenix, vertical movement caused by bumps in the road and the forward movement caused by sudden stops common in California traffic.
The collection took us a total of 8 hours to pack, after we were comfortable with the way everything fit in the boxes we had to figure out how to get it in the car. Luckily our host was a pro-packer and the boxes were arranged so well that everything stayed in perfect place the entire drive back to Phoenix.
|Holly using bubble wrap|
|Lindsey “nerding out” with a wedding vase|
|One of the long-necked vases packed|
Stellar vehicular packing
PS: Extra special thanks to our host for donating the collection and his help loading the car, as well as feeding us and putting us up for the night, and a shout-out to our fuzzy helpers Boomer and Buster.
Posted By Lindsey Vogel, Collections Aide