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.
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.
When I realized my husband and I would be celebrating our thirteenth wedding anniversary in the middle of a global pandemic I knew this would be an unforgettable anniversary and a full set of Calamityware dinner plates would be the perfect gift to mark the occasion. After all, things could be worse! A volcano could erupt in our backyard, a sea monster surface in a nearby pond, or our daughter carried away by flying monkeys. These dishes embedded with Don Moyer’s drawings of a discombobulated, blue-willow paradise, are a whimsical dinner time reminder to smile and bask in our good fortune.
These plates are absolutely wonderful! The material is sturdy. No chips after several turns in the dishwasher. The art on the plates is fun. My one regret is that I neither have room for more sets, nor do I have a place to store them. As it is, I am retiring part of my mug collection to make room for Calamityware mugs.
Great quality and so much fun! Life is too short to eat from boring china.
My husband and I were married young and never got to do the old tradition of picking out a China dinnerware set. This year is our 30th wedding anniversary and were are so happy to have Calamityware as our choice! Love the quality and colors, brings a smile to our dining adventures!
The 4 plate combo was a Christmas gift to my mother in law who appreciates the silly things in life. She was absolutely ELATED upon opening and examining them. Thanks!
Purchased as wedding gift at behest of couple, feel I am giving a fun-de-mental ingredient for a good marriage: gift of laughter!!
I received the first 4 in the series as a gift after stumbling across Calamityware plates. With my oddball sense of humor I started my purchase with No. 5 and my family loved me enough (either that or they felt sorry for me on my milestone birthday) to go back and get the first four I missed. I love the whimsical design work on each plate. I do, however, like the glaze method used on the new plates better.
Everyone I show these to is insanely jealous. I love them.
We have now large plates, small plates, and soup plates; we still enjoy them like on the first day, and still smile about all the details. The glaze seems durable, but I will need to review that after a year of use. The plates feel like sturdy nice china and are made from excellent materials.
Make us laugh because these are three of the least likely things to kill us. Unfortunately giant robots are in the top 10 reasons for our demise. Great plates, love the artwork, and dishwasher safe. Really love them.