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Things Could Be Worse Teacups and Saucers (2-pack)

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No matter how bad your day is going, these beautiful porcelain teacups and saucers graciously remind you that things could be much worse. You could also be pursued by Sasquatch, pestered by pirates, or plagued by giant frogs, and other inconveniences from Don Moyer's sketchbook.

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Dimensions & More Info
  • Teacups: approximately 3"H (7.6 cm), 3.5" diameter (9.9 cm). Holds 8 ounces (236 mL) of liquid.
  • Saucers: 6.375" diameter (16.2 cm).
  • Comes with two identical cups and two identical saucers.
  • Rich blue images on white porcelain.
  • Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as his 60th Kickstarter project in 2022.
  • Produced using the in-glaze decoration process. That means the image is slightly melted into the surface like the fine porcelain you see in museums.
  • Made at the award-winning Kristoff porcelain workshop in Poland.
  • Food safe.
  • Microwave safe.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Porcelain is both delicate and durable. We think you’ll enjoy Don’s blog about caring for your new treasures.
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Where it's made

These porcelain pieces are fired at the Kristoff workshop in Valbrich, Poland, one of the oldest and grandest porcelain workshops in the world. Kristoff has been making porcelain since 1831 and its work can be found in museums and in the palaces of royalty. Our porcelain designs are in-glaze, which means slightly melted into the surface of the piece, to ensure a beautiful crisp image for years to come. Photo by Porcelana Krzysztof Sp. z o.o.

Who we are

Calamityware is a small, eight-person, one-dog company headquartered in Pittsburgh. We love bringing the darkly whimsical view of our founder and chief monster-maker, Don Moyer, to life. Our products are high quality, meticulously manufactured items that make wonderful gifts for you and other weird-adjacent people in your life. Our goal is to make you smile.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Alison A.D.
Calm amidst the maelstrom

I feel as though I have been let in on one of the great secrets of life, having purchased this tea cup and saucer set.

You won’t be able to see this in either of my photos, because I am an average human with two arms (one holding the camera), but I have found that holding a teacup and saucer keeps your darn hands out of trouble.

One of my sheroes, Hannah Gadsby, says that the sound of a teacup being placed back on its saucer is her favorite sound. I will attest that this sound does make one feel that everything is all right with the world for the moment.

We know that this is not necessarily true, but for the few minutes that it takes you to sip and enjoy your tea, possibly with cookies or banana bread occupying the generous rim of the saucer, you may also feel that this is so.

Today, when I opened my box of two, 8-ounce cups with saucers, and my box of extra saucers for some of my12-ounce cups, I truly felt like a bona fide grown-up. There will eventually be a fight in my family over who gets all of the Calamityware that I have collected so far.

Bonus: I do believe there are new characters on this little tea cup... I won’t spoil the surprise. The cat in the middle of the saucer is perfect.


I am smiling so big when I opened my box from Calamityware the teacups snd saucers are perfect for me. I love the size. The saucers have the cat image in the middle, how much fun is this! The weight is very nice, not to light and not to heavy. I can’t wait to serve tea in these

Robert K.
Building a tea set

As an Englishman, I was appalled I didn't own a teacup and saucer. Since I started drinking tea in the womb, I thought I was long overdue. I purchased a two-piece set to try out, and I am delighted with them. I'm going to use this as a jumping off point as I work on building the full set. Teapot is next.

So Beautiful!

Teacup and saucers arrived! Hoorah! I adore the delicacy of the teacups at the same time their sturdiness. The cat is purr-rect sitting in the middle of the saucers. So happy to have supported this Kickstarter campaign. The teacups and saucers go so well with the rest of my Calamityware. Saving my pennies to afford a tea service set.

As an engineer, I was most impressed by the dish packing. Ingenious! As always, the dishes were impeccably packed.


Another outstanding Calamityware product. I only drink tea (coffee is so pedestrain and yucky tasting) that I want my own cups and saucers. Family and friends know that only tea goes in those cups-smart people. Keep calm and keep drinking tea.

Ann G.
Tea Cup Set

Another magnificent product! I LOVE my tea set. So dainty, so devilish! Just perfect for my afternoon tea. Thank you for your glorious, subversive, and funny designs.

J H.
The perfect gift for a cat-loving reader of tea leaves

Got these to see if they were nice enough to give to a friend who reads tea leaves. No matter what the leaves say, the cup is a reminder things could always be worse, right? These cups and saucers are beautiful.

J. B.
My TCBW Tea Cups

What is there to say, really, about my two new tea cups? They are beautiful, elegant and hilarious. I have an actual Blue Willow tea pot, and these tea cups will be silly and lovely companions to it. Thank you, Don and crew, for reminding me every day that Things Could indeed Be Worse!

Karen W.
Tea-loving Sister

I sent this as a birthday gift to my sister. I sent her the teapot a couple of years ago. The cat in the saucer was perfect for her! She said she loves the set. ( I love mine, too!)

Great service and a great tea service!

I had an issue with my order that was entirely my own fault (I clicked the wrong thing!) and the Things Could Be Worse customer service was phenomenal! Absolutely the best return experience I've ever had ever in my life history of shopping.
I couldn't wait to get the teacups when they were announced and am now very happy with them. They are a bit chonky compared to traditional bone china teacups; which means they are robust and great for morning coffee and easily washed, microwaved and used.