Although glass and ceramic objects are made with different methods and materials, over time they are equally susceptible to deterioration. Both means of production are fraught with challenges. Invisible, internal cracks may be present in an object from the time of manufacture due to unknown substances in the materials or uneven cooling methods.
The biggest danger of damage to ceramic and glass ceramic objects is during handling. Before touching or moving any object, carefully inspect the surface for hairline cracks, chips, or other damage. Treat the object as if it were more fragile than it appears. Before moving the object, confirm there is a clear path to the object’s new destination and a sturdy, level surface on which to place it. Ideally, use a padded, acid free box to carry the object to its new location. If you must carry it in your hands, be sure to wear latex gloves and grasp the body of the object, not the rim or handles. Lids on vessels should be removed and carried separately. Place your object in a case to protect it from dust and bumping. More on proper display in our next proper storage tip post for objects.
If you need help moving an object or collection to a new location, please contact Guardian. Whether moving a piece within your home or across the country, our trained art handlers use museum best practices to move art and objects safely.
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