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 tiny, five-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.
I ordered a set of 12 of these beauties for a close group of old friends - The Pterodactyls.
We were DELIGHTED that our group had 1) been memorialized in stone (ok, porcelain, geez!) and 2) described with spot-on accuracy ("the mystery and sinister glamor." It's like you knew us. Have we been out drinking with you?)
In what could only be described as a "folie a deux" x 6, we combined our funds and procured one plate for each Pterodactyl as a birthday gift. Thereby, in one fall swoop --something we excel at-- taking care of a year's worth of our friend's birthdays. We thank you from the bottom of our mighty hearts. We intend to use them at our next Dactyl gathering in February and for years to come.
I was surprised by the quality of the plate..it is beautifully made. But the real joy is looking at it...I keep finding interesting little details to make me laugh. This is my first plate and I fear it's the gateway drug to a full set...
Off Kickstarter, we recently received a set of series 3 plates. Love them all (though with a slight preference for series 2, but series 3 are great too). Sadly the pterodactyl plate came with a chip on the edge -- perhaps dropped in transit? Anyway we contacted the Calamityware robot, who turned out to be a very nice person actually, who sent us a new plate faster than a pterodactyl could wing its way from NJ to the Bronx! Thanks so much for your wonderful, creative work. Much appreciated.
Have you seen that film about dinosaurs? It was massive hit. This plate is better than that.
I have been Buying these plates for years. And, since I am a believer in using things of beauty rather than putting them on the shelf, I know that they handle dishwashers, small children, and being in a stack with other plates. They are definitely the first ones I grab off the shelf. I love them and am slowly working on getting the complete set. I have 5 plates and a set of bowls and am waiting on my shower curtains to arrive.
I can't wait for my wife to open her second Calamity plate this Christmas. I just received it and it is as beautiful and wonderfully crafter as the one I gave her two years ago. The 'double-takes' by people who visit are such a hoot.
This plate is great! I love the pterodactyl, and similar to other Calamity plates, I really enjoy all the little details that come together in the blue and white.
This routine expedition lands the Marshall family on the set of Mikado.. While you can't see any pylons or Sleestaks. There is the notorius black cat, digital dog... and perhaps an unwanted, yet much admired pterodactyl !! Stick figure says " CALAMITY!!" as he mounts the bridge and runs for the hills or perhaps the "Land of the Lost"...
These are so fun! Great quality too. I first purchased the platter for my son and he loved it. I just purchased two of the Pterodactyl Dinner Plates for him as well to start his set off.
All lovely blue & white, darling Pterodactyl joined sweetie pie Robot, & altogether
we all had a merry feast. Impressed by the fine craftsmanship of these plates. Thank you manufacturers in Poland. Really love them.