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What’s cookin’ for 2020?

Most of the products in the Calamityware store 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.

BADbandana 6: Pizza Dragons. I’ve been working on a red bandana design decorated with pizza-loving dragons. I hope this can be a Kickstarter project in January 2020. A great way to get the new year off to a hot start. (Became an active Kickstarter project on January 5.)


Big TCBW Mug. Been working on a prototype of a really big version of the Things-Could-Be-Worse mug. Finally think the handle is right and all the production difficulties are solved. This could be an ideal project for people who prefer a BIG beverage. Also been investigating the notion of a porcelain travel mug.



New Jigsaw Puzzle.
 Now that all the original puzzles are gone, it might be time to create a new jigsaw puzzle design. My previous manufacturer closed down but I think we’ve finally found a good workshop to make them. So, I’ve been auditioning characters. 


Bug-Out Bag. Been sketching some ideas for a zippered tote bag for overnight get-aways or other escape plans.


Beastly Bowls.
 How about a set of porcelain bowls especially for your favorite pets—cats, dogs, bunnies, capybaras, pythons? Still a lot of work to do, but this could become a project before the year ends.



Letterpress print. I like the idea of doing another letterpress print to pep up someone’s art collection. Several different themes are competing for my attention right now—traffic, dinosaurs, space travelers, megaphones, robots, maps, and troglodytes. If one of them floats to the top, that could make a fun Kickstarter project in 2020.


Textiles? I’ve been exploring some new ideas for patterns that could make unusual scarves, ties, or other textiles. Might make some colorful additions to 2020.


Another book? I’ve noticed that bad guys don’t seem to be as good as they once were. So, to help, I’m working on an illustrated career guide for villains. It’s going very slowly because other projects keep eating up my time. Some good news? Readers will be delighted to know that this book will not include any poetry. Yeah!



Other potential projects include more tea cups, a blanket, cloak of invisibility, and anti-gravity boots. Watch for email updates as the year advances.

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.

Don—Pittsburgh, December 27, 2019

Comments on this post (100)

  • Jan 19, 2020

    Ooh! I would love a big TCBW mug!! I want the mugs now, but I don’t have room for all 4, so one big one would fantastic! Also, cat bowls yes!

    — Kristina

  • Jan 19, 2020

    Dog bowls in various sizes!

    — Sandy Baker

  • Jan 18, 2020

    gravy boats!

    — Jill

  • Jan 17, 2020

    I have been slowly collecting your dinnerware and would love to see a butter dish and salt and pepper shakers to go with it!! Glad to know that you are thinking about large mugs—that would be awesome!!

    — Lori Levan

  • Jan 17, 2020

    Pet bowls, travel mug, and a big cup?!? excited squealing I mean… yeah. Sounds pretty cool if you’re into that kinda thing. stifles the internal shriek of joy

    — Celeste

  • Jan 14, 2020

    Ready to buy some new dog dishes! Is it possible to just get yards of fabric? I’m thinking some fun curtains in the kitchen.

    — Katie

  • Jan 11, 2020

    Love your stuff. I’d like to see (and buy) a line of products that has a musical bent to it. Could be dinosaurs playing saxophones dinnerware or scarf, or could be musical notes streaming out of the castle windows or just your interpretation of Yoko auditioning for a band.

    — Bill Ford

  • Jan 08, 2020

    I vote for travel mug in Porcelain & I know will love the shower curtain hooks to match curtain. Hint Hint

    — Deborah Peever

  • Jan 08, 2020

    A new book to put in a new bugout bag, please

    — TJ

  • Jan 08, 2020

    Casting my vote(s) for the TCBW porcelain travel mug and frogfly fabric, especially as an oblong silk scarf.

    — Rebecca

  • Jan 07, 2020

    Pet bowls, yes! Travel mug, yes!

    That frog/fly print would make AMAZING wrapping paper. As would all of your patterns.

    — Tara

  • Jan 07, 2020

    I’d like to cast another vote for a travel mug! I have a couple of plastic travel mugs that I use grudgingly, but I dislike drinking coffee from plastic and I’ve been looking, off and on, for the perfect porcelain one. I’m sure a Calamityware mug would fit that bill to a T!

    — Heidi

  • Jan 07, 2020

    TCBW blue & white print scarf please.

    — PWG

  • Jan 06, 2020

    What about "Passports to exotic imaginary places, "(think earthquakes, volcanoes…) or “Passports to Nowhere. It’s Official.” People could get them stamped everywhere (laundromat) they go. Places usually have SOME kind of an ink stamp laying around. If not, the nowhere place proprietor could just draw something with a sharpie. You don’t know it, but I’m a genius. Deb

    — Deborah Klein

  • Jan 06, 2020

    Every thing you make will sell…lots of us behind you. And I love the bag and pet bowls…however…I’m afraid I’m not going to live long enough to have proper cups and saucers to go with my teapot…they’re not even on this year’s horizon. ☹️

    — Jane

  • Jan 06, 2020

    Oooooh, my pups would L❤️VE their own bowls!

    — Amie James

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Oh, the Frogs. I love the Frogs. With flies. Oh, my!

    — Maris

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Love everything you are thinking about doing….but really LOVE the big mug idea!

    — Kim Connor

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Love large mugs: more coffee, better mornings.

    The last jigsaw puzzle almost made my mother seek therapy. So another should do the trick.

    — Robert

  • Jan 05, 2020

    A bowl for my small dog. She would be honored.
    I, on the other hand, would support pizza eating dinosaurs and anything else coming from Don’s fertile mind.

    — Jane Wolfson

  • Jan 05, 2020

    I love the idea of the bigger mugs! If you make them, I will be buying them.

    — Elizabeth Jones

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Love, love the frogs and flies on red. Anything red (exclamation point)! Would make great cloth shopping bags which everyone is into these days. You have a tote bag, rename them grocery or shopping bags and you would sell more (in my humble opinion). Guilt people into using cloth bags by simply renaming them shopping bags. California, Hawaii and New York have all banned plastic bags on a statewide level with more states to come I’m sure. You could offer any of your designs on bags – give them a food theme like the dragons eating pizza or robots eating salad/vegetables (broccoli or eggplant anyone?). Many of us buy the cloth bags with good intentions to actually use them and end up with a stash in the closet. Might as well add another to the top of the pile. Put a pocket on them (for coupons?) to make them a bit different than what is already out there. Title them “shopping bags with coupon pocket” and you will be rich.

    — Betsy

  • Jan 05, 2020

    LoveLoveLove the Pizza Dragons. I would love to see the red Pizza Dragon design on a triangular Pizza Plate. Paper plates just are not sturdy enough. Humph! NEEEEEED Pizza Dragon assistance.
    Also love the zip bag. I want one…even though I don’t go anywhere.
    Can’t wait to see what comes out next.

    — Diane Dunham

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Baaaaaaaaaaaaandanas! I would love a white bandana with grey or black printed design. Overnight bag? Sign me up! Also – would love to purchase textiles by the yard for making pillows, bags, curtains etc.

    — Emily

  • Jan 05, 2020

    Got my new soup bowls without the flies. Now I would really like to see the Omnivore bowl reissued without the explosion in the bottom — so out of character with the rest of the porcelain designs. I would back that project in a heartbeat if the design was suitably understated but ingeniously weird, as the rest of the other porcelain is.

    — Susan M.

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