You always need something soft to pack greenware pieces in and those plastic bags you get from the cleaners make excellent packing material when wadded up..shredded newpaper also makes great greenware packing material.
The next time you receive a gift or buy something new, be sure to save those pieces of styrofoam that are usually packed in the boxes. These pieces of styrofoam can also be used to hold those small bottles of lustre to prevent them from tipping oven when working on a project.
1. Label the work as 'FRAGILE', although this won't always help with postal services.
2. Insure the work -- just in case.
3. Make sure the work is opened in the presence of the deliverer. If anything is broken, the company will not be able to claim it happened afterwards.
If you do not have a supply of those plastic peanuts to use as packing material for shipping ceramic pieces, a batch of popcorn will work
Never brush a kiln shelf with bare hands. Jagged
pieces of glaze or grit stick to the shelf and can
easily tear the skin.