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Shipping connects our studios to the world.
From jewelry to sculpture, shipping companies to shipping agents, bus, train, truck, and plane, we covered all the options that you may or may not have considered for the "Ins and Outs of Shipping".
To keep this post on Crafthaus as a convenient resource, I will update it frequently in the coming weeks with links to handouts, SlideShare PowerPoints from the PDS, resources in the Professional Guidelines and extra shipping information from ASK Harriete.
Check back frequently for more updates. SCROLL DOWN to find the updates!
ASK Harriete Posts
If Shipping Goes Wrong, It Really Goes Wrong by Brigitte Martin
AVOID SHIPPING DISASTERS like this with careful planning.
Several of the speakers gave excellent tips for making and using a crate to ship their art or craft. In this post, I am digesting these five great crate tips into one post.
Shipping jewelry, gemstones, or high value items is a specialized shipping scenario. Considerations include insurance limitations by shipping companies, and theft.
Tina Pint of Jeweler's Mutual Insurance Company offers great information about shipping jewelry in her presentation.
Compare USPS to Fed Ex; Outrageous Difference
It cost $67 to ship it by USPS Registered Insured Mail from the San Francisco Bay Area to Arizona.
However, the return shipping by Fed Ex cost $177.26 for the same identical box, with the same artwork, for an identical distance.
That is an outrageous difference.
What should I do? Any ideas.
Learn from my experience....as I discuss this with the museum, handle the problem and find out why it happened.
Always plan for the rough & tumble of shipping.Expect your box to be shipped side ways or upside down.
Leila Hamdan, former Registrar for the National Ornamental Museum and artist gave an informative lecture with lots of essential information for artists and makers.
My favorite quote:
"The way that an artist’s packs their work is a reflection of how they make it."
Essential information from Leila Hamdan:
"Always include your contact information inside the box, so you can be found should the outside label be torn off. And this does happens a lot."
Shipping Planning v.s. Sh*t Happening
Shipping starts when your making your work! If you want your art or craft to travel up state, across the United States or around the world planning for safe shipping during construction is your first step in planning for shipping. This is especially important if there are large or heavy elements combined with delicate components.
When shipping your one-of-a-kind work, the packing must protect your art or craft!
5 essential criteria for packing on ASK Harriete.
Step-by-Step Powerpoint Tutorial with audio for
Packing One of a Kind Artwork for SHIPPING from the PDS.
Guide for Custom Shipping Box from the Professional Guidelines
Step-by-Step PDF HANDOUT is 26 MB (give it time to download)
Claims for Damaged Work
Artist Checklist for making a claim for damaged work.
One page for documenting your work before shipping
SlideShare Presentations on Shipping
Use these links (below) if you want to download the SlideShare presentation. Consider embedding the presentations in your blog, newsletter or web site. Please feel welcome to share with your arts organization. Let me know if you need help.
Documentation for SHIPPING Art and Craft
by Harriete Estel Berman
Insurance Considerations for Safe Shipping of Jewelry
by Tina Pint of Jeweler's Mutual
Shipping Comparisons: Shipping cost and insurance with common carriers by Loring Taoka
Packing One of a Kind Work for Shipping by Harriete Estel Berman
Custom Shipping Box - Design Your Sculpture for Shipping by Harriete Estel Berman
HORROR STORIES: Packing & Shipping Recommendations for Artists by Leila Hamdan
History about the PDS:
The Professional Development Seminar is organized by Brigitte Martin, Andy Cooperman and myself, Harriete Estel Berman. Three hours of programming occurs every year during the SNAG Conference. This year's program was focused on "The Ins and Outs of Shipping."
Your ideas about future topics are welcome. Contact me anytime. bermaid [at] harriete-estel-berman.info