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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.

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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.

Canisters

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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.

Lobster

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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?

DogSketch

 

spaceship sketch

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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

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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.

Loom

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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


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

clocks

doughnuts

wallpaper

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

Copyright 2021. Don't duplicate without permission.

78 Responses

Betsy

June 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)?!

Katrina

June 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? https://www.spoonflower.com/en/shop?on=wallpaper&q=Calamityware%20&availability=ForSale&sort=bestSelling

Lauren

March 28, 2022

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

Arden Chambers

January 31, 2022

Don,

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

Dianne

January 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.

SallieT

January 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.

Stephanie

January 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.

Virginia Kelly

January 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 (virginialkelly@gmail.com), a FOREVER customer and spreader of the Calamityware Gospel!!!

Cheri Dziekan Chapman

January 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!

Christine

January 11, 2022

Margarita-based vaccine recipe please.

mmms

January 11, 2022

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

Jessica

January 11, 2022

I would love a butter dish!

Jess

January 11, 2022

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

Alexia

January 11, 2022

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

Bob Eames

January 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

Claudia

January 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!

Jan Russak

January 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.

Lisa Hirsch

January 11, 2022

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

Melanie DeGiovanni

January 03, 2022

Dogs puzzle. Cuckoo clock anything. My two cents.

Susan Rubin

January 03, 2022

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

Matthew Denckla

January 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!
Best,
Matthew

Maureen Metcalfe

January 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

Kathryn Barber

January 03, 2022

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

Kathryn Barber

January 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.

Musia Stagg

January 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 !

Nancy Hay

January 03, 2022

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

Michelle

January 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!

Melissa Hagan

January 03, 2022

Keep on keeping on dude!!

Diana

January 03, 2022

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

LoriMarie

January 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.

Marilyn Brown

January 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.

Linda M Oostmeyer

January 03, 2022

Looking forward to seeing what your imagination has in store for us in 2022!

Nancy Koon

January 03, 2022

Absolutely love your work! Gave my boss the coffee cup last year. She loves it. This year I gave her four of the blue/white ornaments wrapped in the red/white Xmas tea towel. She’s hooked! Loves your work too! Looking forward to getting myself the shower curtain and throw this year! Keep up the “demented” good work. Happy New Year! NK & friends 🥳❤️

Ed Redmond

January 03, 2022

A simple round clock with an “interesting” face would be very much appreciated !!

Kristen

January 03, 2022

Sign me up for the margarita vaccine!

Happy New Year to you, your team, and everyone for whom Calamityware has been a source of delight!

CatZ

January 03, 2022

Oo love so many of these ideas but the clock(s) would be amazing!

TRACI L BELANGER

January 03, 2022

Don, my husband and I have deemed that our Troll Bowl is THE PERFECT popcorn bowl. Tuesday night is our popcorn night, and our Troll Bowl holds just enough to get us through a movie, or whatever we’re watching. PERFECT!

Traci and Brian B.

Sandy Gray

January 03, 2022

I love your work.

Lyna Rizor

January 03, 2022

Thanks for the funny craziness that helps counteract the other kinds of crazy!
The 2 drawings just under the bit about puzzles made me think of adult coloring pages. Maybe a coloring book would be a good outlet for designs and critters that don’t get stand-alone products? Personally, I’m not into the book format, but postcards and notecards are useful once colored. Just a suggestion. Your existing list of ideas alone should keep you off the streets for a few more months!
Happy New Year!!

Joanne

January 03, 2022

This might fall on deaf ears, but because Calamityware has made my mornings and days so much brighter, I just know I’d sleep better and more peacefully in Calamity pajamas. It’s funny how that works.

Michelle Chapman

January 03, 2022

Regarding your butter dish- I would love one that fits my Canadian butter… I’ve bought 3 in stores – in Canada – so far with no success. So I’d like to let you know that the dimensions of a brick of butter in Canada are 4-5/8” L x 2-1/2” w x 2-5/8” h.
Thanks!

Lynn Meinhardt

January 03, 2022

Hi, Don: I was outside the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House wearing an Art Deco evening gown bedizzened with vintage diamonds, and a staff member ran up to me, gleefully blurting out, “Is that a Calamityware bag?! I love them!” I extolled the virtues of the skedaddleosaurus duffel bag slung over my shoulder and then revealed the meteor shower inside. Clearly, you have fans everywhere.

The duffel is my go-to rehearsal bag. It’s sturdy, high capacity, and light weight, which helps when one schleps a lot of gear. And it goes well with formal wear.

Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2022.

Carlyn Menth

January 03, 2022

Hey Don!
Happy New Year to you and your monsters!
The donut monsters are AWESOME and I am hoping they are featured in this upcoming year. Seriously, they are fantastical.
Coffee mugs, those great bowl-plates, kitchen towels and pot-holders ~ they’d go great almost anywhere.
Thank you for allowing input, however feeble, from the fandom.
Carlyn

Michaela

January 03, 2022

PLEASE stainless steel flatware to go with the “Blue Willow Ghastlies” dinner sets! It could be simple. Let’s say even just streamlined utensils with the iconic little black cat at the end of the handles? Or a different monster for each basic kind of utensil at the end of the forks, knives, salad forks, spoons, and table/soup spoons? Or…? C’mon, Don! You can do it!

Melissa Sonko

January 03, 2022

Y’all are the best! The past two or three years since I’ve discovered your products has been awesome.

Last night I had some butter pecan gelato in a shallow what now bowl and I had to put some back! They’re deceptively larger than they seem. I could have made the whole pint for, however my rule is only 1/3 at a time. Serving size is 1/4, but that’s just not quiet enough!

Anyway, I am really looking forward to the containers and bedspread size blankets. Love mine!

Also I want to say a huge thank you not just to you Don for your fantastic art and imagination, but also to Brandy for her assistance with one small issue I had. She went above and beyond to not only make sure I was happy, but hand delivered my replacement bowls that day to the post office and they were being eaten from the next evening! Her customer service is how all companies should be.

Not that I’m forgetting the rest of your staff, I just haven’t interacted with them, but they’re def on top of things!

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and are all staying safe.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year!

Personally I’ll be drinking spiked cocoa from my Things Could be Worse 20oz holiday mug while eating buttery popcorn and M&M’s from my Troll Bowl with my pupper on my lap watching old movies on TMC!

Sorry y’all didn’t need me blathering on. This is what happens to us immunocompromised folks who live alone. We become chatty by text and emails due to maybe 1-2x mth human contact in person!

If you’ve read this far, wow I salute you, I really got chatty!!! Sorry to have taken up so much of your time,
Melissa Sonko

Steve Faiella

January 03, 2022

I would SO buy one of those clocks!!

Susan Walsh

January 03, 2022

Very excited to see what’s next and what’s after that. Several things here that made my heart beat a little faster. LOVE your work. Here’s to an adventurous 2022.

Lana Fox

January 03, 2022

Love it ALL ! Refined CRAZY is right up my alley ~ Cheers ~

Cindy

January 03, 2022

Omg yes to the bedspread like the blanket!! Downside…I may never get outta bed!

Corlis Robe

January 03, 2022

Calendar! Just take some of the art and make a calendar. One big poster with the whole year, or one cool sketch on each month. I have A Thing about calendars and clocks.

And table lamps.

Thanks for what you folks add to my life! :)

Katrina

January 03, 2022

Ooooo, teacups and a butter dish? Finally, the creepy granny aesthetic I’m after appears to be in reach! Those stoneware jars look great too.

JANET ESPINOSA

January 03, 2022

I hope that is a cross stitch pattern!!
More of those, please.

Lee Wrage

January 03, 2022

May I humbly suggest a TCBW Ugly Sweater, and/or a tee shirt that looks like said sweater, for us who live in the warmer, climate-changing south. Thank you.

Liz O

January 03, 2022

Oh pleeaasseee do the kitchen witch canisters!!! I love the black on white! I’ll be W a i t i n g for the kickstarter on that one!

Sharon Phares

January 03, 2022

Anything you conceive is awe inspiring. Keep up the good work. I would appreciate some gift items under thirty-fifty dollars, if possible. I’m on a teacher’s pension and it will stretch only so far!

Tracy Buttermore

January 03, 2022

Love your designs! Love bigfoot aliens monsters witches…you’re my kind of designer!!

Lisa Gilbert

January 03, 2022

I would love to see serving bowls shaped like the Troll Bowl. Maybe 3 that nested? If I ruled the world, they would already exist. You should also sell NFT’s. Because, why not?

“Dyno” Don Jackson

January 03, 2022

I’m excited to see so many potentially calamitous offerings in the coming year.
Not to tell you your business, but a Bigfoot/yeti/abominable-snowman themed shower curtain (and puzzle, a la Ocean Commotion) would be awesome! It would make a great winter shower excitener, the same way Ocean Commotion enlivens our summer ablutions. Just a suggestion in case some of your other ideas don’t pan out. Happy new year!

Sue England

January 03, 2022

More Mysterioso wisdom and prophecies!

I’d love to see rolls of Calamityware wrapping paper, too!

BTW, your mock up for a robot Christmas sweater is amazing!!!

All the best for a Calamity-free 2020!

Pamela Duke

January 03, 2022

Fabulous ideas! Margarita-based vaccine recipe?! Go forth with as many of your ideas as time permits. I love all of them!

kristin cypher

January 03, 2022

I LOVE THE CLOCKS!!! Are you thinking cut acrylic and flat? It would be wonderful to have them in the black/blue/red if your other designs. The following link shows a mirrored version, but this is what came to mind when I saw your sketches (but in colored acrylic):

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRwdYilcg10Aq0om76RoZJizSiIwM3E_j4Dfw&usqp=CAU

These are all so wonderful – please keep noodling and doodling!!! 🤗🤗🤗

Warmly,
Kristin

Jane Smith

January 03, 2022

YES!!! YES YES YES! TEACUPS AND SAUCERS! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Daryln

January 03, 2022

Keep drawing, creating. I may not be able to huy all your products but I enjoy seeing what you come up with!
Thank you.

Tami

January 03, 2022

I would love some calamity ware serving bowls and gravy jug, to go with our carving platter and dinner plates. We’re slowly building up a complete dinner collection but don’t see such items in your inventory!

Catherine Myers

January 03, 2022

Now I want to knit or cross stitch that red robot design…

Lynn Christiansen

January 03, 2022

I received the Christmas mugs and shirts I ordered for St. Nicholas Day in one day, exquisitely packed! My son and grandson were impressed with their gifts too.(I live in Milwaukee and St. Nicks Day is kind of a big deal here.). So kudos to all!

A couple years ago I ordered the wall print of the Chili Makin’ print, spent more money having it framed professionally then the print cost, I look at it carefully and closely still at least once a week. I am obsessed with this. I am certain that these lovely ladies are my Eastern European ancestors. I would love it if you would do a series of these pictures? The only other stuff I have on my wall is a dog butt hanger from IKEA that I hang my blind dog’s leash etc from.

Being an old hippie I am not very materialistic but I love that picture! Thanks!

Irene Mohler

January 03, 2022

I like the three beasties ( antibodies ?) that appear to be eating covid cookies. I love the idea of giving the virus the finger. Enjoying your whimsy, so needed these days.

Robin Simons

January 03, 2022

Insulated water bottles please! Especially steel!

Cheri Puckett

January 03, 2022

I would love to see a lightweight/unbreakable set of dishes to use while camping.

I am loving my Calamityware at home.

Jane Smith

January 03, 2022

YES!!! YES YES YES! TEACUPS AND SAUCERS! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Tom C

January 03, 2022

As a super fan of your stuff, anything that would expand the China set. I would buy the butter dish and salt & pepper shakers in a heartbeat. If you do the margaritas then of course you will have to do glasses! But I really would love to see a gravy boat and bread basket

Jennifer H Ross

January 03, 2022

In terms of 2022 priorities, the first thing clearly has to be the pyjamas because the pandemic continues and some of us still work from home. If I have to work in my jammies, they should be calamitous, or at least covered in sea monsters. The second priority, naturally, is the kitchen canisters. Sure, you could fill them with flour and sugar and tea, but they are actually better suited for potato chips (L), chocolate (M) and gummy candies or jellybeans (S). See previous comment about the continued pandemic. And related to that, of course, is the need for a wine bottle stopper or better yet – wine glasses. Also a requirement arising out of said pandemic. And the bedspread is also a necessity, but for now I can live with my blanket. The reason I need the big one is because I have to share with three dogs. Water bottles would be great, but please see if you can make them double-walled stainless steel so they keep things suitably cold. [Not that I’m thinking of disguising my pandemic wine as water, but ….]. Cheers and happy new year to you and the dedicated gang. I look forward to emptying more of my wallet with you in 2022.

Liz Owens

January 03, 2022

That robot would make an exquisite cross stitch pattern! Something to download as a PDF for a few $. You wouldn’t even have to make kits. Have you seen Subversive Cross Stitch?

Adore the idea of teacups and saucers! I would like to know what your idea tea party would be.

Diane Beaudet

January 03, 2022

Please, please, please Raman bowls- holds 20 ounces of liquid.

Thanks for listening.

Beckee

January 03, 2022

Wow, I love all the ideas. You totally rock big-time! Happy New Year,

Beckee (still waiting for more robot stuff)

P.S. you could have a line of NUTCRACKERS! I have been looking for a robot nutcracker for years.

PPs. notice how I worked in my robot requests? 😈

Sherry

January 03, 2022

I’ve been a fan (and a customer) since your very first project! I have, probably, too much Calamityware stuff for a normal person – but I never said I was normal! Anyhoo, I’d love to see a print in color.. Yes, I know it will cost a bit more ( be kind when you get to that part). Happy New Year ! And thanks for always being a remind that things COULD be worse – you know, UFO abductions, pirates, wild yeti on the loose.. stuff like that.

Lucie Edwards

January 03, 2022

Bring on the clocks!

Beth Tauke

January 03, 2022

I love, love, love the sensibility of your work—so whimsical and funny (yet well designed).

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