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.
Calamityware Porcelain is best shared with friends by stealth. These versatile, durable, and beautiful plates enliven any party or dinner. Watch the innocent guest slowly realize that alien invaders, flying monkeys, pirates, giant squids, looming bots or volcanos are erupting beneath their comestibles. The nervous glance at a neighbor’s plate, the knife scratch to reveal the underlying horror, the scurrying human figures fleeing from these catastrophes, the nervous rotation of the plate to discern faces, bots, frogs, demons who surround their supper, silent, sinister, sinuous. I imagine Alfred Hitchcock hosting such a soiree with sanguine serenity.
To Hugh Brown, who implied that Calamityware was "stealing" from a guy who made Disasterware--you are so wrong. Calamityware is funny, totally imaginary, and completely benign. And made of porcelain. Whereas Disasterware could not be more grim and foreboding, with images of real horrors and horrible people. Who wants Hitler, the Pan Am disaster, the atomic bomb, or a train wreck on their plates? And it's delft.
That's just dreadful. And malignant.
To the Calamityware customer--if you want a chuckle with your food and beverage, go for this cheery stuff. If you want an excuse to climb back in bed and pull the covers over your head in fear, don't.
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 oldsters at my dinner party didn't know how to react to the plates. Those under 65 thought them hilarious.
I have Disasterware plates from Charlie Krafft from 10-15 years ago. Nice steal!
i'm a californian and it seems this year what with fires, c19, the mud slides to come we have had every disaster but a volcano. great plate, well made. as i eat my food and reveal the pic i can't help but cheer up things could be worse. well wrapped.
I can remember my excitement as a child, eating at my grannie's and slowly revealing the Willow Pattern under our food. I have loved blue and white china since those days! So...I started with two 20-oz mugs, which we love. Didn't need, obviously - we have enough mugs to start a café! Now we use them every day, as they are our no 1 faves. Then my husband chipped an old plate, one of a pair, (hooray! I mean, oops!) and this was all the excuse I needed to zip over to Calamitywareland and order two new plates! I went for Pirates and Volcano...I think we need more. I may be putting in secret orders every few weeks and see if I get away with that, lol!
Exquisitely made, exceptional quality and JOYOUS design.
I lava this plate! (See what I did there?) This is one of my favorite calamity plates! Volcanoes are bad for everyone, unless you're a black cat.
We recently ordered our first four plates from Calamityware. We purchased a set of mugs about a year ago and were so thrilled that we promised ourselves a set of plates as well. The designs are so fun, and there are clever little details hidden in the borders. The quality of the porcelain and the printing is beyond reproach. We are officially collectors of Calamityware, and will definitely make another purchase soon.
I purchased this plate and ‘Vortex’ to begin my dinner plate collection. I choose very well! I love these and we love finding the ‘cat’. Would you consider a Halloween/Holiday collection ?