Follow these special rules when handling ceramic objects:
• Handle ceramic objects as little as possible.
• Before handling, examine the object carefully. Note any unstable repairs, loose parts, lifting glaze, hairline cracks, or vulnerable appendages.
• Don’t wear cotton gloves to handle ceramics because the surfaces are slippery. Use clean, bare hands or snug fitting latex or nitrile gloves.
• Don’t lift objects by handles, knobs, rims, or decorative motifs. Always use both hands to support the object uniformly.
• Transport ceramic objects in a padded container. Don’t stack objects. Don’t allow objects to knock together. If you are moving numerous objects, use a well-balanced and padded cart with a lip at the edge of the surface. Use plenty of soft tissue or cloth diapers to prevent objects from rolling and tipping.
• Transport detachable parts such as lids or bases separately. If there are loose (but not removable parts), slip tissue or polyethylene foam between the parts to prevent rubbing or bouncing.
• Carry thin, flat objects vertically. This position distributes the weight and minimizes the chance of cracking the object. If the object is heavy, you may need to use a dolly or hand truck and assistance from other people. Be sure the dolly has soft wheels and all surfaces are cushioned.
• Never apply tape or sticky labels to ceramic objects. When they are removed, delicate overglazes, decals, and gilding may be removed as well. Tape and labels will also leave residues on the surface of the objects that may cause staining or attract dust.