Enterprising pirates add menace and entrepreneurial flair to a traditional porcelain scene. Look closely at the flora, fauna, architectural marvels, and innocent victims to find hidden romance.
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 5th plate in the Calamityware collection. Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as a Kickstarter project in 2015.
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I love these plates! But I noticed all the other plates have a black cat, nonchalantly sitting amongst the chaos. However Plate #5 does not have a cat. I don’t think the angry beast at the 9 o’clock mark is the same as the mellow cat. Where did it go?
The in-glaze process used in the series 2 plates (designs 1 through 4) sounds like a nice idea, but in practice I'm finding that it doesn't hold up to normal wear. My plates #5 and #6 are rapidly developing scratches in just a few short months of use, where the older plates #1 through #4 show no signs of wear. I anticipate I'll be discarding #5, #6, and #7 in the near future (when they're just too scratched up to keep using) and cancelled my order for #8. The new glaze is probably better than the old if you're going to hang them on the wall for decoration (since the decoration is less raised, and the plate has a smoother surface), but not if you plan to eat off them. If you intend to actually use the plates, you might want to stick to #1 through #4.
I have added the Pirate plate to my small (but growing) collection of Calamity ware that is replacing the boring white plates that are now garage sale inventory. Quality is great and the plates are very enjoyable.
This is my second Calamityware plate. I chose this one to go with Tentacles! which is my favorite motif of the series 2 plates. These plates are fantastic and I hope to buy more in the future. I'm thinking the pterodactyl is next. Actually, I'm hoping that series 1 will be reprinted so that I can get a giant robot plate. Or how about an octopus series?
We have all of the second series of Calamityware plates, love them all, but my personal favorite is the pirates. Once revealed half through the meal, this plate inevitably causes on outpouring of pirate-like cries: "Arghh, me hearties, pass mez the broccoli or else youse'll walk the plank!" and similar. Highly recommended for those with a naughty nautical disposition.
A victorian couple strolls unaware of danger though if only they were to pay attention there are several animals who might let them in on the secret. I love the details of the dogs and parrot that are tucked away under plants. The blue is crisp and clear and reminds me of the china shards I used to find and treasure.This plate may never see use, because I enjoy looking at it so much, and it is mounted across from my workstation for that purpose. However, it has a nice heft, and clearly could be used. I simply consider it art.
I love, love, love the design. The idea! I would own *all the plates* but for the fact that the two of this design that I own both chipped egregiously with common use within a week of receipt. It's sad... I wanted these plates so so so badly, but I can't justify spending so much on something that's going to be quit so fragile.
To the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan's " A modern Major General" from the Pirates of Penzance :
This is the very model of the pirates all fantastical,
Informative of vegetable, animal and mineral,
Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon, a park, its quite historical,
From La Grande Jatte displayed the order's categorical.
It picturizes love between avian-french-bull-dog-able
Though delft in color boarders are actually mathematical
About the binary theme its teeming with a fantasy
With many cheerful facts about the plot of all humanity
For all of its complexity,
the Hidden and plain to see
Its there for both you and me
Its theme is a calamity