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  • What’s cookin’ for 2018?
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    Don Moyer

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

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Comments on this post (22)

  • 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

  • Dec 29, 2017

    These all look like a lot of fun! A chance to get an original drawing sounds fantastic. Keep up the great work!

    — John "Curtains" Nielsen

  • Dec 29, 2017

    Yippee for a platter. Double yippee fro tiny plates Let 2018 being !!!

    — Gail Farley

  • Dec 29, 2017

    I need, NEED a Calamityware large platter in my life. Plus some small plates to go with it. Thank you, Don, for your inspired genius.

    — Annabelle

  • Dec 28, 2017

    A teapot and a platter?? Yaay!!!

    — Vanessa

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I have tea daily in the Things Could Be Worse mugs. They are the perfect size! Recently friends came over for hot buttered rum and these mugs were the highlight of the evening! A tea pot would be divine! Simply said, I want one in any design you choose to make. I would also love a large platter.

    Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with lots of drawing!!

    Best Regards, Elizabeth

    P.S. Perhaps a “Whatever Floats Your Boat” design

    — Elizabeth Lieb

  • Dec 28, 2017

    This is another vote for the big oval platter. I admit curiosity about the small plates. I still hold out hope for wall tiles. The bathroom I’d hoped to use them in has already been renovated, but perhaps for the future? Or perhaps trivets?

    — Janna Silverstein

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I’m excited about the platter, small plates and teapot! I’m still trying to earn the money for your ornaments and bowls – lots of bowls. And just so you know, I should have ordered more Stay Home books! All the NASA Engineers that I know here at JSC in Houston want one. That’s a lot. Copies went to my husband and daughter who work on the Space Station project. I need to buy one for a friend of my daughter’s who builds space suits. You may have single-handedly set back the US Space Program ?. And we will be putting your kids, grandkids and great grandkids through college. Thanks for making us smile.

    — Virginia Martin

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Big. Oval. Platter.

    — Ann

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I’m very excited about the small plates, platter and teapot! Keep them coming!


    — Kathryn Coleman

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I love all of these ideas. But you must stop selling things to my daughter Diana. I never know what to get her, she never will tell me anything. I bought her your shower curtain, A SHOWER CURTAIN- only to find out she already had it :(. Please only sell to me so I can surprise her for a change.

    — Maggie

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I would be overjoyed with a teapot. OVERJOYED.

    — Nicole

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Big oval platter, please!! And more scarves! I love the strawberry thieves scarf I got for Christmas!

    — Elise

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Yes oh yes to oval platter and teapot and creamer and sugarer!

    I wait with calamitously bated breath ~

    — Mary L

  • Dec 28, 2017


    Another jigsaw puzzle,

    — erin o'brien

  • Dec 28, 2017

    I’m sorry it makes your head hurt, but a Things-Could-Be-Worse teapot would make my heart quiver with excitement.

    — Carol

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Thanks Don for filling my life with joy & dread in equal measure. Keep on doing whatever you want, your fans are standing behind you smiling with anticipatory pleasure.

    — Beth

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Don, I know I keep harping on it, but I really, REALLY want
    sugar bowl and creamer!!!

    — Beckee

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Hi Don! Happy New Year! I love the Calamityware and totally love the surprise when I serve dinner and people look at their plates! I have at different times posted the “things could be worse” coffee cup – because we have needed it this past year and was really pleased with the several people that saw my post and then posted their own cups! Keep up the good work – love the idea of a platter and the tea pot! Personally, I would love a gravy boat if you are keeping a customer wishlist! oh and btw LOVE my scarf!
    Best regards,
    Diane Y.

    — Diane Yaciuk

  • Dec 28, 2017

    Don: If you continue to make patterned things, I’d love to get a matching BOW TIE and pocket square set — my only regret about the Strawberry Thieves tie/square pair I have.

    Excited for what you bring to 2018!

    — JP

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