Traditional blue-willow dinner plate updated with a troop of flying monkeys to add drama to mealtime. Imagine these pesky primates behind your penne pasta.
Rich blue image on 10.5” (26.5 cm) diameter white porcelain dinner plates. Food safe. Microwave safe. Dishwasher safe. Produced at the award-winning Kristoff porcelain workshop in Poland using the in-glaze decoration process. That means the image is slightly melted into the surface like the fine porcelain you see in museums. This is the 1st plate in the Calamityware collection. Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as a Kickstarter project in 2013.
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As both a blue willow plate collector and tech nerd, these plates immediately grabbed my attention. I HAD to have them and I backed them from the first Kickstarter project.
However, the actual plates were disappointing since they are not the same stoneware that blue willow is normally made of and do not "mix & match" with normal blue willow plates. The colors are off too (very white underglaze and different blue). They are also much larger. The patterns are also raised on the plate so you can feel them with your finger, unlike normal blue willow. It all adds up to a completely different feel. They don't mix in at all.
I was so looking forward to mixing these plates in with my regular ones, and seeing the expression on people's faces when they discovered the calamities...but no go, hence the knocked-off star. I would knock off more since this was the main reason I bought them, but that would not be fair since the plates are fine and as promised, just not what I was hoping them to be.
I don't really understand why this was not possible to achieve, since dozens of manufacturers have been making blue willow pattern china for literally hundreds of year now, and their plates can be mixed and matched easily. I'm sure it is too late now, since Don has to keep making them the same way for the people collecting them, but if there is any possibility of adding a second version that is more like real blue willow, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
I joined the Calamity band wagon by backing mugs & Series 2 plates on Kickstarter. I loved the designs on Series 1, but was afraid that I wouldn't be satisfied with the appearance of the plates next to the newer ones. Tonight I received this plate as a birthday gift & L-O-V-E it! I won't have any problem mixing them on the table. I do, however, have a few complaints. Now I'll have to buy the other 3 Series 1 plates. And then I'll need another set of mugs to go with them. And then there's those darn small plates and bowls that Don's planning for next year. I'll need 8 of each instead of 4. OhMyGosh, Don! Stop this insanity! No more designs until I win the lottery!
I just love my flying monkey plates. They make me smile everytime I use them.
My Flying Monkey Brigade loves their new dinner dish. They enjoy the scene, and it helps them eat more calmly. They never had a plate with their pictures on it!
I'm a big Wizard of Oz fan, so was delighted to see the first Calamityware plate featured flying monkeys. It's a fun and quirky tribute to my favorite movie. I was happy to support it on Kickstarter and even happier when it arrived at my door. Thanks, Don.
Oh sure, my grandmother had a collection of decorative porcelain plates on her dining room wall, but none of them involved flying monkeys. My husband bought this for me for Christmas last year, and it was the best gift ever. I prompted mounted it to the wall in a place of honor. And now that the U.S. is about to descend into chaos, it's an exciting mealtime reminder that chaos will arrive from above!
The only thing I can say bad about this plate is it started an addicting collection. I need mugs! I need dessert plates! I need bowls! I need a sinking gravy boat!
I'm a fan of "The Wizard of Oz" - even played The Wizard in my middle school production - but my friend is a super fan! She even dressed up as a Flying Monkey for a local screening last year. When she saw my plate, she threatened to take it home with her! I may just have to order another plate :-)
Don Moyer designs belong in Museums! These flying Monkeys were my first Calamityware love. All of Don Moyer's patterns are intricate, sharp and unrivaled in originality and whimsy. I've collected almost all of the Calamityware blue plates. I appreciated and studied the original Johnson Brothers Patterns. The Calamityware Series 1 plates are slightly irregular only when they are stacked. You cannot see this irregularity when the plates are on the table. First series is also a little heavier than the Series 2 plates. All Calamityware plates will be appreciated by Blue Willow collectors and blue and white collectors. The Series 2 Kristoff-made porcelain plates are as fun as the first and more in line with the quality of traditional Johnson Brothers plates. The Kristoffs are exactly proportioned and uniform in shape and stack precisely. When Calamityware finds a way to glaze the under bottom rim of these fine plates it will have found perfection. If you have a collector's appreciation for dinnerware, these plates are for you. Unlike vintage dinner plates, these are microwaveable, and are themed for our time so my millennial kids appreciate them too. And the customer service is EXCELLENT.
I inherited my mother's beloved Blue Willow dishes and use them everyday. When I saw the flying monkeys, I had to have it! It hangs on the wall in my dining room where I can enjoy it and share it with visitors. Beautiful quality. Would love to have a whole set. Maybe someday.