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What’s cookin’ for 2019?

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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

Comments on this post (112)

  • Oct 10, 2019

    I just saw an ad for your cups on Facebook and ordered a set to send to a friend. I know she will love them. All your stuff is great. Kudos to you for doing what you love and making money at it. I like it that you do what you want to do and don’t need to make any excuses for it.

    Wishing you continued success in your endeavors!

    — Shay

  • Oct 02, 2019

    I totally second the pajamas idea and the Plagues of Egypt dinnerware. Totally.

    — Karl Blume

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Oh! Frances mentioned ceramic tiles! I’d love to see a Delft tile landscape/mural – one of those 17th century tavern exteriors, but the shepherd boys are, um, unusual. OK, I’ll be quiet now.

    — Zita M Cael

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Hmm. Too late for 2020, but my favorite engagement calendar (Celtic Mandala, Jen Delyth) apparently discontinued with 2019, and nothing now available quite measures up. Any chance you might launch further into print, now that you’ve mastered manners? Now punctuality? Maybe? Please? Shall I beg?

    — Zita M Cael

  • Sep 30, 2019

    I just discovered your stuff. Love the pajama idea. More notecard designs would also be great, as I write a lot of notes.

    — Linda Dean

  • Sep 25, 2019

    I love the Flora, Fauna and Aliens idea!

    — Mary

  • Sep 19, 2019

    I liked the plagues of Egypt idea.

    I would like great big coffee mugs that hold 12 Oz. With monsters getting ready for a hard day’s marauding?

    — Maggy

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Star Trek … yes ! anything with the classic 1701 Enterprise. blissful.
    kitchen utensil crock
    4.5" ceramic tiles
    everything is so wonderful !!! thank you.

    — frances

  • Aug 12, 2019

    I second the suggestion for tiles (kitchen or bath!). Calamity while brushing my teeth.

    — Christina

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Just got my first order from y’all and it arrived speedily! What FUN. Got frog calamity plates for sederware for my grandbabies. Hope to build on theme of Plagues of Egypt and Jewish mamalas such as flies/ants on matzo balls in soup bowls!
    Y’all are the nicest folks. It is a pure pleasure!

    — Georgia Peach

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Tea cozy in a fabric version of the TCBW teapot?
    Fabric yardage, in any of you patterns – bats, whatevs!

    — Wendy

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Just ordered my first set of mugs. Love the large platter with robots that is in the works. I would really like to see it done in black! The way it is in the sketch. Looks awesome. The black would go with any other color of dishware. Please consider????

    — Cherie Roco

  • Jun 30, 2019

    I’d love to see the aprons, tea towels, pot holders, etc!

    — Katherine

  • 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

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