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  • What’s cookin’ for 2019?
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    Don Moyer
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What’s cookin’ for 2019?

What’s cookin’ for 2019?

Most of the products in the Calamityware store get their start as Kickstarter projects. Here are some things I’m working on that might become Kickstarter projects in the new year. As always, my predictions are likely to be wildly inaccurate. The freedom to start new projects, procrastinate, change my priorities, and put work on the shelf are some of the reasons I love my self-inflicted projects.

Flora, Fauna, and Aliens, an effort to produce some domestic textiles that will look good with your Calamityware porcelain. Think aprons, tea towels, placemats, napkins, and pot holders. The design is based on a pattern I created with exotic plants, diverse creatures, and a few visitors from outer space.

Drawing the pattern


Monster Etiquette, a richly illustrated book to help monsters, gargoyles, aliens, and nephews behave with civility and grace. A self-help guide for creatures that really need it. 



BADbandana 5: Snack Dragons. The original blue bandanas featuring angry paisleys are all gone, so it might be time to produce a new design. This time maybe a celebration of dragons or robots or donuts...or all three.



Oodles of Robots, a great, big, round, deep porcelain platter that will look good with your existing Calamityware. In the same way that the Gangs-All-Here oval platter is over-run with too many dinosaurs, this beauty is over-run with too many robots. (This sketch is black, but the prototype will be blue...Calamityware blue.)



Make 100 Quirky Drawings. Each year, Kickstarter invites creators to define a project that features only 100 rewards. I’ve collected 100 original drawings of aliens, robots, monsters, and other oddities and matted them so they are ready to frame. These drawings will make an unusual addition to your growing art collection, especially if you prefer spicy originals over bland reproductions. Plan to make it a Kickstarter project in January.


Vigilant Dragons Cookie Jar. One way to discourage unauthorized withdrawals from your cookie jar is to cover the surface with watchful dragons. In my version, the dragons will be munching cookies. 



And that’s not all...
I also have some ideas about a new letterpress print, some colorful silks, and more porcelain treasures. And there’s still the puzzle idea that failed to move forward in 2018.

I’m still exploring the zone where products are beautiful, utilitarian, and funny. I hope you’ll find something I’m doing worthy of your support. But I plan to keep up the effort, whether anyone is behind me or not.

Pittsburgh, December 27, 2018

  • Don Moyer
  • 2019forecastKickstarter

Comments on this post (99)

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Calamityware utensil crocks, please!

    — Ducky

  • Jun 17, 2019

    I’d love to see 4×4 tiles for accenting the kitchen backsplash or shower!

    — Leslie

  • Jun 09, 2019

    I second the teacups & saucers idea from Dione.

    — Karl Blume

  • Jun 06, 2019

    More plates in the series would be great I would love to have a set of 20 but I would really like them to be differnt

    — Suzy

  • May 13, 2019

    Oh my! I love my Calamityware. Just got back from visiting a friend far away, and she had the same mugs that I did!!! Would love to see HOUSE NUMBERS!

    — D

  • May 11, 2019

    Please please please re-issue numbers 1 and 2! I need, no must have Flying Monkeys! I ve had a lot of tragedies in my life, I have over come, so far. Your art would give me something to remind me….it could be worse! I just found you, and love your art! I recieved my mugs just yesterday, in time for me to share with my sisters on Mothers Day! Keep on making me smile!

    — Alene Drummond

  • May 11, 2019

    Star Trek. The ship and a KlingonStar Trek Enterprise and a Klingon Bird of Prey. Maybe one of those ship has black smoke coming from it and …..

    — Dawn Crandall

  • May 09, 2019

    Funeral urns — I’m thinking Vigilant Dragons “Cookie Jar” for my ashes — But “It Could be Worse” pattern would also work well. Not for burying… no, no, no! These have to go on the mantle.

    — Glenda --

  • Apr 27, 2019

    I am so saving up for a set of these! They are perfect for dinners with my quirky population of guests!

    I particularly like the dinosaur platter and the new tea set. I hope you’ll do more serving pieces in the future: perhaps a couple of vegetable bowls, or a covered soup tureen, or a punch bowl (maybe with a tray and little cups?) and I hate to think what you’d do for a sauce boat LOL.

    Anyway, thanks again for the great work.

    — Elizabeth

  • Apr 25, 2019

    I love your creations!

    — Jill Cummins

  • Apr 24, 2019

    BATS!! YES!! And saucers…and the teapot…and … EVERYTHING!! I’d LOVE a whacky robot or monster apron for the kitchen tasks!!

    — Doreene Castro

  • Apr 22, 2019

    I absolutely adore Calamityware!!! I am buying many of your products as gifts. I was disappointed to find you had no wrapping paper in your Calamity paper section. Please create some crazy wrapping paper!

    — Melissa Hero

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Silk neckerchiefs (21 inch squares) and tank tops would be lovely. As would any already posted ideas (soup tureen a, bats, wallpaper, dog bowls, etc.)

    — Dana

  • Apr 06, 2019

    How about a serving bowl – about 9-10 inches in diameter? Or it could be a turine! Like a soup turine. I love the idea (it could be advertised as a covered serving dish). Maybe with giant sea monsters or the like on it – reminding people of how Japeto was swallowed by the whale in Pinochio. :D

    — Lianna Wyeth-Charles

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Oh please reissue sets one and two of your calamity where! I came late to the party.

    — Barbara Heinrich

  • Mar 17, 2019

    Tea cups and saucers please!

    — Dione!

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Women’s pajamas, silk, cotton or flannel, PLEASE!

    and I just love my mugs!

    — Margaret Daole

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Toothbrush cup, mah jong set, coasters
    Fabric shower curtain (black, blue)

    Calamity microorganisms: bacteria, virus, protozoa, oh my!

    — Teena

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Plastic shower curtains?

    — David

  • Feb 23, 2019

    Bowls? Rice bowls?

    More ties?

    — Robin

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Have you thought of doing graniteware?
    Dog dish in the zombie poodle pattern would be very cool.

    — Robin Thomas

  • Feb 11, 2019

    I’d love a way to add this quirk to my office – so a pen cup, or paperclip dish would be awesome!

    Looking forward to seeing what you create!

    — jodi

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Fabric by the yard!
    Coffee pot!
    Soup tureen!
    Gravy boat!

    — James

  • Feb 01, 2019

    I am dying for wallpaper!!!!! Fake toile of the Things could be Worse. Preferably green.

    — Pam

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Stainless steel flatware! Maybe something simple with just a single iconic figure at the end of each utensil? Like the classic ubiquitous kitty?

    — Michaela Roessner-Herman

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