The term “wearable art” encompasses a variety of articles worn on the body, from functional clothing articles and jewelry pieces that showcase an artist’s work to fantastical flat and sculptural creations meant to be exhibited in shows and collections. Continue reading
Further cementing Miami as one of the leading art centers of the United States, Art Wynwood 2016 joins other notable events as Art Basel | Miami Beach (December 1-4, 2016) and Spectrum Miami Art Show (November 30-December 4, 2016), along with plenty of smaller (but no less important) art shows scattered throughout the year. This year, Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair will run from February 11-15, 2016 (the fair is always held during Presidents Day weekend).
Art Wynwood is a product of the Wynwood Art District, located in the Wynwood neighborhood of North Miami. The neighborhood houses multiple art galleries, museums, collections, art complexes, studios, and art fairs. A prominent feature of the Wynwood Art District is the walls covered with street art, which attract artists and viewers from all over the world. The district seeks to maintain its walkability, encouraging pedestrians to enjoy the wall and door art as well as browse through the galleries and museums.
The Art Wynwood 2016 event offers gifts and handicraft products from industry creators as well as exhibits from 70 international galleries. These galleries showcase the latest products and services as well as a wide variety of art genres, including contemporary and modern, urban street art, sculpture, art video, paintings, photography, underground, and more.
If you were unable to attend this fantastic event, it is still possible to experience the Wynwood Art District at other times throughout the year. The district holds Art Walks every second Saturday of the month from 6pm to 10pm (and sometimes extending further into the evening). During these Art Walks, galleries, art institutions, and retail businesses throw open their doors to thousands of visitors, who are invited to browse, shop, and enjoy the unique art culture that both Miami and the Wynwood neighborhood have to offer.
Beautiful pottery pieces—whether they are the works of artists or your own beloved child—should be treated with care and precision. You should pay as much attention to the storage needs of your pottery collection as you do to other fine works of art in other mediums.
What is Pottery?
The broad term “pottery” covers vessels and pieces made of earth or baked clay, including porcelain, ceramic, earthenware, and stoneware. Clay is thrown on a wheel or sculpted by hand into vessels, bowls, and figures. After it has been shaped and thoroughly air-dried, the clay is then fired in a kiln. The heat of the kiln changes the clay on a molecular level by burning out any water, carbon, and sulfur stored in the clay body. The heat also causes the clay particles to fuse together, turning a once malleable material into something hard and impervious to water. Glazes that have been used to decorate a pottery piece now adhere to the clay, making them permanent parts of the final product.
The Needs of Pottery
Pottery, while it can be incredibly strong, is also susceptible to the ravages of frequent and sudden temperature and humidity changes. Thus, storing precious pottery in a garage or traditional self-storage unit is not a good idea. Always keep pottery collections in a climate-controlled environment such as in your living area or in a climate-controlled storage unit.
Storing Pottery Collections Safely
Before wrapping and storing pieces for storage, carefully dust the pieces first—especially if you are storing unfinished or unglazed pieces. You can gently wash finished and glazed pieces in warm, soapy water before storage.
Always avoid using newspaper to wrap pieces, as newspaper contains acids that can mar a pottery piece’s finish. Instead, choose acid-free paper or soft cloth like linen or muslin. If you are storing your pottery in boxes, lay several layers of bubble wrap on the bottom of the box before wrapping the bubble wrap around the pieces themselves. Make sure there is enough space between pieces that they are not rubbing or knocking against one another. Fill in all gaps with more bubble wrap or cloth until each piece sits firmly supported. Place layers of bubble wrap on top of the pieces before closing and securing the lid of the box.
Pottery pieces can also be stored individually. If you are storing a collection, use wooden or smooth metal shelves to hold wrapped pieces, placing each piece far enough apart for air to circulate freely.
Expensive collections of pottery should be entrusted to a fine art storage facility. These facilities have the ability to precisely control temperature and humidity ranges as well as providing security for your investment.