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What’s cookin’ for 2018?

What’s cookin’ for 2018?

Several people have asked me if I am planning more Kickstarter projects for 2018. Yes. I have a few ideas in the pipeline.

Before I reveal what I’m working on, let me point out that these projects might not happen. One of the great joys of my current method of working is this—I can start a project, put it down, pick it up later, and abandon or rediscover it at any point. I love that freedom. No real deadlines. No clients to please. I get to work on any projects I want with no obligation to make steady, forward progress.

It also works the other way. A new project can suddenly appear without warning and capture my full attention, pushing other projects to the back of the line. I find that each day is a little brighter because there is the potential that a new idea will unexpectedly make an appearance. I live in constant hope. Yeah!

So, here’s my current 2018 project list. As a forecast, it may prove to be completely wrong...and that’s wonderful.


Dinosaur detail

Platter. I’ve been working on a big, oval platter to add to the Calamityware series. I think of the design as “the gang’s all here” because it includes dozens of dinosaurs lurking in the blue-willow landscape. Get it? A serving platter for when you are entertaining a big crowd...decorated with a big crowd.

This platter will probably be a Kickstarter project early in 2018. It will answer the question, “Do the people who have Calamityware dinner plates also want an oval platter?”




Tiny plates. I’ve been working on designs of a set of four small plates that will make excellent bread, snack, or dessert plates. They are based on the theme of dubious musicians.

I hope these little plates can be a Kickstarter project at some point in 2018. Maybe late spring.



Tea pot. I’ve been doing some sketches of a Things-Could-Be-Worse teapot. Still have many details to resolve, but it could become a project by the end of 2018. Because of the fancy curves, tea pots are complex shapes to decorate, so this effort makes my head hurt. 



Patterns galore. Because the Strawberry Thieves project was so much fun, I’m thinking it might be a delight to introduce a couple dozen patterns (dinosaurs, robots, demons, worms, aliens, and creatures) Working on new patterns is great fun.



Bookin‘. I have at least three book ideas that deserve further development. All involve a profusion of drawings to go along with the text because all right-thinking people know that the best books have pictures. Perhaps one of these half-baked ideas can become a book project on Kickstarter before 2018 ends. 



Diner detail

That’s not all. The Amazing Karen and others are pushing me to do another jigsaw puzzle. To make it extra challenging and fun, the design might include 180-degree flip. 




There might be another letterpress print to help people spice up their art collections. And maybe I can find a way to help more people acquire original drawings.

I hope you enjoyed that preview. Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be highly inaccurate.

Pittsburgh, December 28, 2017

Comments on this post (44)

  • Dec 05, 2018

    When going to make proper teacups and saucers? I need them in my life!

    — Poppy

  • Nov 28, 2018

    One more thing- the pictures of your items are quite small on your website- and since the real fun is in your designs, could you please show them so they can be magnified and seen individually? Thanks!

    — Rosalie

  • Nov 28, 2018

    Small plates, please- for my grandchildren! Small straight-sided cups (no handles) would be terrific, as well. Kids love dinosaurs and creatures, and it would be lovely to have smaller pieces that match the Calamityware. Which by the way, I just discovered thanks to The Blogess, and love,love, love!

    — Rosalie

  • Nov 24, 2018

    Would really love to see some kitchen towels with those prints

    — Lyoness

  • Sep 30, 2018

    Would you consider making calendars?

    — Sarah F McGinley

  • Jul 04, 2018

    Love the platters…use them ALL the time. Perfect shape and size.

    Next up: SERVING BOWLS!!! Oh yes please!!!

    — Jennifer Guernsey

  • May 22, 2018

    I second the request for tea cups and saucers! They would be a welcome accompaniment to a teapot, should that project come to fruition (which I wholeheartedly hope it does). Keep up the silly work! Thank you for sparking so much joy in my household.

    — Austin

  • Apr 22, 2018

    I’d love to see the teapot, the tiny plates and a serving bowl. I never use platters, but a serving bowl? Oh yeah! Bring it on!

    — Janna Silverstein

  • Apr 17, 2018

    Teapot! YES, yes pleeeeease!

    — J Claire Dean

  • Apr 07, 2018

    Love the small plates. Sets of 4?

    — Pat U

  • Apr 05, 2018

    I’m so excited for more small plates and a tea pot!

    — jody Amdal

  • Mar 23, 2018

    Teapot! I was just wishing for a Things Could Be Worse teapot. Glad to know you’re thinking about it. I will stay tuned.

    — beth meacham

  • Mar 02, 2018

    Oooh, tiny plates! I swear I hadn’t seen this when I emailed you asking for some!

    Big platter! Must have big platter – I love dinosaurs.

    A big serving bowl would be lovely as well…

    — Annie Fitt

  • Mar 02, 2018

    I would be 1st in donating for a platter resembling blue willow as I am a collector of all things Blue willow.

    — Gina Dyck

  • Feb 19, 2018

    Whimsical toile drapes?

    — Lor

  • Feb 15, 2018

    Hello sir! I missed the large platter and am bereft and inconsolable. The sweetest little fearsome dinosaurias! I only hope it will show up on at some point. I love all your possible upcoming projects and hope you haven’t forgotten that the world (and by the world I mean me and select members of my family) still desperately needs the infestation of crocodiles and alligators plate. Or tiny plates! Tiny crocodilians on tiny plates! What joy! Very best to you, sir!

    — Karen

  • Feb 15, 2018

    Love everything! I desperately need a pretty little teacup and saucer. I’m partial to dinosaurs, but tentacles are lovely too. Or robots. Or zombie poodles. Any absurd apocalypse is really just peachy. Pretty please?

    — Maggie

  • Feb 07, 2018

    I just backed the platter on Kickstarter, and am already wishing fervently for a pair of large serving bowls to accompany it.

    Just sayin’. ;-)

    — Thinkum

  • Feb 01, 2018

    Circumstances might force one to live in the colonies, but we have not yet descended to living like animals, hence we have no need for your coffee mugs.
    One urgently needs a nice Tea Pot with a matching set of tea cups & saucers to maintain some civilised standards in society.
    I look forward to your prompt action, and will send my man around in the Bentley to collect them when they are ready.
    Col. T. McSpiff

    — Colonel Tavish McSpiff (Retired)

  • Feb 01, 2018

    Please oh please oh please tiny plates. Did I remember to say “please?”

    — Rochelle

  • Jan 26, 2018

    Teapot! One to match the cups would be fun.

    — Lisa

  • Jan 17, 2018

    tiny plates!
    tea pot!

    — Betsy Wollheim

  • Dec 30, 2017

    The Christmas robots mugs were a big hit. +1 on the platter. And +1 on another puzzle, my wife and I are always doing jigsaw puzzles (they help keep our fingers nimble and our minds sharp) and the two you have done are favorites.

    — Ron

  • Dec 30, 2017
    I love the idea of the platter and the teapot. I could put both of them to good use. I must have used the Christmas Robots mug at least twice a day since they arrived. Thank you so much for your creativity. I love Calamityware!

    — Lauren G.

  • Dec 29, 2017

    I used 7 of my CalamityWare plates for dinner on Christmas Eve with the bowls for dessert. Everyone got to choose their own plate and a great time was had by all. A platter would have been a perfect addition to the meal. And small plates would have been useful for the dinner rolls.

    Looking forward to a calamitous 2018! :)


    — David Chamberlain

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