Sarah and I have bought pottery in Deruta three times. The people we
met would all pack and ship it, but it was very expensive (I think it
would have added 50-100% to the price). Instead, we had them pack it
really well, then make a handle for the two cardboard boxes. We then
carried this everywhere, including on the plane back with us. A
little heavy, but very easy to manage and very safe. We never used a
suitcase, and I would prefer to have the store do the packing.
We have always loved our dinnerware.
Ed in San Miguel