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Pirates Dinner Plate 5

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Enterprising pirates add menace and entrepreneurial flair to your dinner plate. Look closely at the flora, fauna, architectural marvels, and innocent victims to find hidden romance. This traditional blue-willow-inspired design can be found on the fifth porcelain plate in the Calamityware collection.

Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as his eighth Kickstarter project in 2015.
Dimensions & More Info
  • 10.5” diameter (26.5 cm)
  • Rich blue images on white porcelain.
  • 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.
  • Remember, all Calamityware plate designs are different—different borders, different images, and sometimes slightly different blues because the plates were fired at different times. They will look good together on your table or wall, but they won't be identical.
  • 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 were fired at the Kristoff workshop in Valbrich, Poland, one of the oldest and grandest porcelain workshops in the world. Kristoff began making porcelain in 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 34 reviews
Where’s the cat?

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?

new process in Series 2: nice idea, poor execution -- not durable

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.

Beautiful nonfunctional

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.

It’s a Calamity!

This plate and all the other Calamityware dishes are great for everyday use and can be used for fine dining too.
I really enjoy Calamityware!

Great plates

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.

Shiver me timbers!

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.

Joshua S.
The Pirates of Camlamity

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

Phyllis H.
Love these dishes!

I am building a set, so have put an extensive review on the Flying Monkeys plate item. These are absolutely the best!


Gorgeous plate with heartfelt pirate scene!

Beautiful, fun gift.

Great quality, fun design. Was a gift for my sister, she loved it and wants more of these.