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How to handle ceramics and glass

How to handle

When lifting and handling ceramics and glass, cradle even the smallest object with two hands. Remove any loose parts (most commonly lids) and treat them as a separate object.

Do not lift by the handle

Weak points from manufacture can be vulnerable

Do not lift by the rim

Support objects fully, using both hands when necessary

Do not lift by knobs

Separate all loose parts and handle separately


Do not lift by handles, knobs and rims as these are areas of weakness – weaknesses caused by the manufacturing process or cumulative damage whilst the object was in use. 

Crizzled glass will shatter with only a light tap, so be extra careful when setting down on a surface.

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