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What’s cookin’ for 2022

What’s cookin’ for 2022

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.


Kitchen Witch Canisters A set of stoneware canisters to store kitchen essentials—eye of newt, toxins, cookies, etc. Decorated with a pattern that pays homage to the ancient tradition of the kitchen witch. Remember her?—a benign gal with the power to thwart minor domestic demons.



The book Carry On An illustrated guide to the things one can safely take on a commercial airline flight. Plenty of pictures to edify and divert anxious travelers.



More Weird Jigsaw puzzles. I've been sketching several puzzle ideas. One favorite features dogs and another aliens on a cruise. One would think I’d be able to get at least one puzzle done in time to be Kickstarter projects in 2022, right?



spaceship sketch


Things-Could-Be-Worse teacups and saucers. Extending the discombobulated blue-willow theme on to cups worthy of a tea party. (This could please the people who have been requesting tea cups for years. I hope I don't disappoint.)

Tea Ape


Throw Blanket Revisited. I'm currently exploring the feasibility of producing the Creature Comfort pattern on bedspreads. They'll be woven on the Jacquard loom in Portugal like the exquisite Creature Comfort throw blanket.



Letterpress print. Perhaps another letterpress print for people who want to add whimsy to the art collection. So many directions this could go.

swirl sketch


Projects inchoate? Some tantalizing and not-so-tantalizing sketches that could become projects...or not.




Needlepoint robot

Everything Pattern

Other potential projects on my wishlist include insulated water bottle, butter dish, clock, disguises, porcelain salt and pepper shakers, mugs, pins, t-shirts, wine stoppers, pajamas, notecards, my margarita-based vaccine recipe, and solar-powered doohickies. Watch for email updates as the year advances.

Naturally, you might feel tempted to write and tell me which products you want me to work on. Go ahead. But don’t expect an individual reply and don’t expect me to actually shift my priorities just because you want a cummerbund.

I draw every day. I’m 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 28, 2021

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Comments on this post (72)

  • Jan 17, 2022

    Wine Stoppers would be amazing! They would be a fun gift to give for birthdays, bosses day, stocking stuffers, etc…

    Love your work and it makes me laugh every time I look at it.

    — Stephanie

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Hi! I LoVe your STUFF!
    I was thinking about Masks…
    …maybe of a few of your favorite characters or a few that pop up the most on your Calamityware…wares!
    I’d LOVE several to hang on wall!!! Eeeeek! Just THINK about it…please! Thank you SO much for your bit of attention to my thought!!
    Virginia Kelly/Texas (, a FOREVER customer and spreader of the Calamityware Gospel!!!

    — Virginia Kelly

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Hi Don,
    The doodle creatures in the circle would make for a great trivet or a set of coasters. Or a large, round serving plate.

    I also really would love to see salt and pepper shakers.

    And I am a fan of the Kitchen Witch. I would like her featured prominently. She needs to be holding her spoon. :)

    If you make it, I will buy it!

    — Cheri Dziekan Chapman

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Margarita-based vaccine recipe please.

    — Christine

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Kitchen Witch!!
    Anything Halloween themed!
    Love the canisters & clocks!
    Prints, t-shirts, please!
    Happy New Year!

    — mmms

  • Jan 11, 2022

    I would love a butter dish!

    — Jessica

  • Jan 11, 2022

    This kitchen witch needs at least three sets of the canisters for my coven. Pretty please!

    — Jess

  • Jan 11, 2022

    I’m very excited about the teacups. A gravy boat would also be very useful in the future…

    — Alexia

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Happy New Year Don! I always enjoyed your holiday notes and emails back in the day and Calamityware is a great extension of that conversation….plus I can’t wait to order a solar-powered doohickie and I want to sign up to be part of the clinical trials for the margarita-based vaccine, no matter what it is supposed to protect me from. Cheers! —Bob Eames

    — Bob Eames

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Thrilled to hear about the teacups and saucers! I just purchased the teapot and am excited to add the teacups when they are available!! I already have the mugs for coffee, but really want teacups for proper tea time!

    — Claudia

  • Jan 11, 2022

    Hi Don!
    Happy New Year!
    Canisters please please please! Witch Halloween Clock (especially that one on the bottom right).
    Soft cuddly calamity pajamas too much to hope for?
    Please keep it all coming.

    Thank you for all your drawing. You make the world a little bit better, lighter, brighter and much more enjoyable.

    — Jan Russak

  • Jan 11, 2022

    I would love it if you had fabric samples available for the prospective bedspread!

    — Lisa Hirsch

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Dogs puzzle. Cuckoo clock anything. My two cents.

    — Melanie DeGiovanni

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Definitly want the canister set to go with my cookie jar. Please

    — Susan Rubin

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Dear Don,

    Monsters with doughnuts is a great idea for cards or prints or tee shirts!
    Have a great 2022!
    I got Troll Bowls on New Year’s Eve and they are AWESOME!
    Thanks for joy and great designs!

    — Matthew Denckla

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Love the clock art! As an old fart, I’d love to see a small book—a manual, if you will—to teach kids (and many adults) how to read time in analog. Special attention to the reason analog clock photos always say it’s 10:10 would be vital.

    BTW, were you a fan of the late, great Pittsburgh treasure, Rege Cordic?


    — Maureen Metcalfe

  • Jan 03, 2022

    PS: I really like the kitchen canisters but I can’t see the pattern very well in the picture.

    — Kathryn Barber

  • Jan 03, 2022

    I really like the colorful monsters eating donuts and the black clocks with a flying witch at the top. Hope they can become something useful and funny. Your designs always make me smile.

    — Kathryn Barber

  • Jan 03, 2022

    The Lackluster Circus is now my 2nd favourite, after mthe Jackson Pollock one that I’ve had forever. Thanks you my dear for the pleasure of puzzling it !

    — Musia Stagg

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Best wishes for 2022! May your creativity continue to flow like the lava.

    — Nancy Hay

  • Jan 03, 2022

    So excited to hear that you’re looking into bedspreads a la creature comforts blanket! When I’m not fighting my partner for ours, our cats are fighting over it! I would adore a king sized quilt of such exquisite quality and such a fun print.
    The kitchen witch canisters are also super enticing!

    — Michelle

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Keep on keeping on dude!!

    — Melissa Hagan

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Oh I notice what looks like Halloween theme clocks, hiw much fun would these be !
    And love your idea of teacups!

    — Diana

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Gosh darnit, i want the cummerbund. I would buy 5 of them.

    I cannot wait for all of these products. Calamityware is nearly the only thing that made 2021 bearable. Im sure it will make 2022 better as well.

    — LoriMarie

  • Jan 03, 2022

    Yes to teacups and their saucers! With all due respect to those with other opinions, tea belongs in a teacup. Also, when convenient, may we please have more long-sleeved tee-shirts ? I can’t wear my TCBW Christmas tee through another summer on our foggy California coast.

    — Marilyn Brown

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