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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 (78)

  • Jun 27, 2022

    Lots of great suggestions here. I would love dinner plates to (kinda) match the bowls and plates with the little bugs (which I already own) – the smaller items with ants and/or flies. How about the large dinner plates with a small black spider on the white inner rim? Now that is a set I would purchase many of. Or, maybe I’m just nuts (or creepy)?!

    — Betsy

  • Jun 27, 2022

    I saw people were asking for peel and stick wallpaper, and I was wondering if they know your designs are available through Spoonflower?

    — Katrina

  • Mar 28, 2022

    Are you still exploring the feasibility of producing the Creature Comfort pattern on bedspreads? Or has that idea been shelved? Just curious.

    — Lauren

  • Jan 31, 2022


    Thanks for the update. We’re big fans of Calamityware at our house and have officially begun collecting dishes! I too would like to volunteer for the margarita-based vaccine effort. Can’t wait for the tea cups! I’m pulling for wine stoppers, salt and pepper shakers, and of course, another addition to the holiday calamityware. Best wishes for 2022!

    -Your biggest fans based in GA

    — Arden Chambers

  • Jan 29, 2022

    So I can’t tell if the actual large witch is on one side of the canisters.The bat pattern is lovely but I would buy that witch on most anything: linens, aprons, plates, ornaments, Sun catchers, etched into stemware, umbrella, planters, postcards, phone protectors, screen savers, mugs, cross stitch patterns, etc. it’s a keeper.

    — Dianne

  • Jan 24, 2022

    Wallpaper, please! Preferably not the kind that requires seventeen youtube tutorials, paste, razors and sawhorses to install , but the self-adhesive kind that your landlord can’t withhold your security deposit about.

    — SallieT

  • 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

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