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Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse
Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse

Calamityware Mugs: Things Could Be Worse

$ 0.00 $ 18.00

We are out of 12-ounce 4-packs. We expect to have more by April 2021.

No matter how bad your day is going, these beautiful porcelain mugs graciously remind you things could be much worse. You could also be chased by UFOs, pestered by pirates, or plagued by giant frogs.

Classic 12-ounce (355 mL) size is sold individually or in a discounted set of four. Large 20-ounce (590 mL) mugs are sold in pairs only. Both sizes are adorned with the same multi-calamity drawing by Don Moyer. When we say 12-ounce or 20-ounce, we mean to the tippy-top. These mugs are made and decorated by the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland using the traditional in-glaze technique. That means the image is slightly melted into the surface like the fine porcelain you see in museums. The mugs are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe so you can use them every day to remind you of all the problems you don’t have. Designed by Don Moyer and initially launched as a Kickstarter project in 2015. 

These mugs complement the Calamityware Teapot perfectly.

These porcelain mugs feature Don’s drawing of a traditional blue-willow paradise discombobulated by more than a dozen calamities, perils, and pests. You’ll find...
• Sasquatch
• giant frog
• pirates
• cephalopod
• devil blob
• voracious sea monster
• UFOs
• aggressive pterodactyls 
• rambunctious robots
• zombie poodle
and other suspicious animals and shrubs.

Porcelain is both delicate and durable. We think you’ll enjoy Don’s blog about caring for your new treasures.

 Highlights of the classic TCBW mugs:
• Identical design
• 12 ounces (355 mL), to the tippy top
• 4” high, 3-1/2” diameter
• Porcelain
• Food safe
• Microwave safe
• Dishwasher safe

 Highlights of the big, jumbo, giant TCBW mugs:
• Identical design
• 20 ounces (590 mL), to the tippy top
• 4.75” high, 4” diameter
• Porcelain
• Food safe
• Microwave safe
• Dishwasher safe

Customer Reviews

Based on 1213 reviews
98%
(1189)
1%
(16)
0%
(4)
0%
(2)
0%
(2)
D
D.B.
I will do it again!

I wrestled with myself for some time before ordering these. We already have too many mugs. The price is higher than I usually pay. I thought of all the reasons for avoiding adding these to my collection.
I gave one of the four to my husband at Christmas, just to test the waters. Everyone loved it! My husband would find his mug being used by the first person up each morning.
Quietly, I released a second mug into the fray. Our Things Could Be Worse mugs are loved by the whole family.
As I enjoy using them for a warm cup of relaxation before bed, I examine the horrible creatures which frolic over the cup, each represents a Calamity which I have not had to overcome. But tomorrow holds a new opportunity for Sea Monsters, Pterodactyls, Zombie Poodles and their weird allies to attack.
I plan to slip one into my sister’s kitchen soon. A Calamity among her Blue Willow...

S
S.
Gorgeous

I love the look of these, but they're too small. In my house, we need 14 oz mugs minimum for morning coffee. Please come up with a larger size!

E
E.I.
Crazy - Fun - Well made

I ordered these mugs on a whim. Thought the price was so reasonable that even if they were not the best quality, that would be fine. BUT, they are great quality, came very well packages and are really nice to hold and all the images are applied so well! Nary a smear or blurred line anywhere. Have ordered more products since. Would tell anyone with a (slightly twisted) sense of humor that these are the best gifts!

T
T.P.
Best Gift Ever!

My mother has been collecting Blue Willow dishes most of her adult life, and she has a huge collection. I bought her a set of Calamityware mugs for Christmas, hoping she would like them. Turns out she loved them so much she ordered the tea set the next day! Best gift ever!

T
T.R.
Dainty

A little dainty for my taste. I can only fit 2 fingers in the ring.
Absolutely in love with the concept & rendering.
Keeping 2 to hold my art pencils, giving the rest away as gifts to daintier folk.
I want these one size larger.
I'll be patient.
Good things come to those who wait.

A
A.D.
There be monsters!

The name says it all🤩 I used to collect different patterns of service ware so our table settings would always be interesting ,fun, and provocative! In 2018 we lost almost all our collections in a catastrophic wildfire . When I saw these cups and other plate,bowl,platters etc. I felt my heart lift and my stagnated interest return in this genre🕵️🎈"things could be worse" indeed and often are so a bit of fun while drinking coffee,seems worthwhile and also motivating 😄I won't ever have the various patterns I once did (no room,some were heirloom and some hard to find)but these cups with their monsters and other variables go beautifully with our other blue and white China and glassware...and they get giggles from the grandkids and smiles everytime someone holds one,so thanks for bringing back the fun💜

M
M.
These are the Best

Work is damn stressful, but when the daily grind has got me down, sipping tea from my Calamityware mugs picks me right back up. I never new a mug could bring so much joy into my life. I’m now back for the tshirt, the playing cards, and the ornaments so I can enjoy allllll of the calamity. All that’s missing is the coloring book, when are y’all gonna make a coloring book?

M
M.
Fantastic

Bought these as a gift for my mother, who not only has a fantastically twisted sense of humor, but also collects Blue Willow so... it’s pretty much a requirement she have these. As expected she at first took them for granted at a glance... and then took a closer look and she LOVES them. Dad too! They say they can’t wait to serve them to visitors to see how long it takes to catch on. 10/10 I want my own now too! Worth noting also the packaging arrived in FLAWLESS shape- everything snug and secure and well protected. Follow up contact for purchase, shipping etc, was also very well done. I smile every time I see Clamityware in my inbox because even if I’m not interested in buying at that moment I know whatever they have to say will be clever and charming so I look anyway. Well done!

M
M.H.
Makes morning coffee perfect

I love these mugs. They make me happy every morning. And sometimes for tea in the evening. Things could be worse! Except I want robots and Bigfoot in my real life. :)

W
W.G.
Double-take

Love these mugs. Had to buy a second set when I found I had given them all away (always packing in the explanatory card: "Lost your keys? Lost your job? Lost your super powers?"). My favorite moment was when my friend (recovering from a life-and-death medical adventure) took a quick glance and exclaimed, "I love Willow Ware!" before executing a perfect double-take when she caught sight of lurking monsters, robots, zombies, poodles, etc. I missed the gifted mugs: perfect shape, ideal size, delightful distractions in the landscape. I had to have more. How long will I hold on to my second set?

Customer Reviews

Based on 1213 reviews
98%
(1189)
1%
(16)
0%
(4)
0%
(2)
0%
(2)
D
D.B.
I will do it again!

I wrestled with myself for some time before ordering these. We already have too many mugs. The price is higher than I usually pay. I thought of all the reasons for avoiding adding these to my collection.
I gave one of the four to my husband at Christmas, just to test the waters. Everyone loved it! My husband would find his mug being used by the first person up each morning.
Quietly, I released a second mug into the fray. Our Things Could Be Worse mugs are loved by the whole family.
As I enjoy using them for a warm cup of relaxation before bed, I examine the horrible creatures which frolic over the cup, each represents a Calamity which I have not had to overcome. But tomorrow holds a new opportunity for Sea Monsters, Pterodactyls, Zombie Poodles and their weird allies to attack.
I plan to slip one into my sister’s kitchen soon. A Calamity among her Blue Willow...

S
S.
Gorgeous

I love the look of these, but they're too small. In my house, we need 14 oz mugs minimum for morning coffee. Please come up with a larger size!

E
E.I.
Crazy - Fun - Well made

I ordered these mugs on a whim. Thought the price was so reasonable that even if they were not the best quality, that would be fine. BUT, they are great quality, came very well packages and are really nice to hold and all the images are applied so well! Nary a smear or blurred line anywhere. Have ordered more products since. Would tell anyone with a (slightly twisted) sense of humor that these are the best gifts!

T
T.P.
Best Gift Ever!

My mother has been collecting Blue Willow dishes most of her adult life, and she has a huge collection. I bought her a set of Calamityware mugs for Christmas, hoping she would like them. Turns out she loved them so much she ordered the tea set the next day! Best gift ever!

T
T.R.
Dainty

A little dainty for my taste. I can only fit 2 fingers in the ring.
Absolutely in love with the concept & rendering.
Keeping 2 to hold my art pencils, giving the rest away as gifts to daintier folk.
I want these one size larger.
I'll be patient.
Good things come to those who wait.

A
A.D.
There be monsters!

The name says it all🤩 I used to collect different patterns of service ware so our table settings would always be interesting ,fun, and provocative! In 2018 we lost almost all our collections in a catastrophic wildfire . When I saw these cups and other plate,bowl,platters etc. I felt my heart lift and my stagnated interest return in this genre🕵️🎈"things could be worse" indeed and often are so a bit of fun while drinking coffee,seems worthwhile and also motivating 😄I won't ever have the various patterns I once did (no room,some were heirloom and some hard to find)but these cups with their monsters and other variables go beautifully with our other blue and white China and glassware...and they get giggles from the grandkids and smiles everytime someone holds one,so thanks for bringing back the fun💜

M
M.
These are the Best

Work is damn stressful, but when the daily grind has got me down, sipping tea from my Calamityware mugs picks me right back up. I never new a mug could bring so much joy into my life. I’m now back for the tshirt, the playing cards, and the ornaments so I can enjoy allllll of the calamity. All that’s missing is the coloring book, when are y’all gonna make a coloring book?

M
M.
Fantastic

Bought these as a gift for my mother, who not only has a fantastically twisted sense of humor, but also collects Blue Willow so... it’s pretty much a requirement she have these. As expected she at first took them for granted at a glance... and then took a closer look and she LOVES them. Dad too! They say they can’t wait to serve them to visitors to see how long it takes to catch on. 10/10 I want my own now too! Worth noting also the packaging arrived in FLAWLESS shape- everything snug and secure and well protected. Follow up contact for purchase, shipping etc, was also very well done. I smile every time I see Clamityware in my inbox because even if I’m not interested in buying at that moment I know whatever they have to say will be clever and charming so I look anyway. Well done!

M
M.H.
Makes morning coffee perfect

I love these mugs. They make me happy every morning. And sometimes for tea in the evening. Things could be worse! Except I want robots and Bigfoot in my real life. :)

W
W.G.
Double-take

Love these mugs. Had to buy a second set when I found I had given them all away (always packing in the explanatory card: "Lost your keys? Lost your job? Lost your super powers?"). My favorite moment was when my friend (recovering from a life-and-death medical adventure) took a quick glance and exclaimed, "I love Willow Ware!" before executing a perfect double-take when she caught sight of lurking monsters, robots, zombies, poodles, etc. I missed the gifted mugs: perfect shape, ideal size, delightful distractions in the landscape. I had to have more. How long will I hold on to my second set?