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 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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Great quality, fun design. Was a gift for my sister, she loved it and wants more of these.
we live in Alaska; empty nesters. Whenever we get a visit from family, the visitor(s) get to choose a Calamity plate as their own personal plate for when they visit. it stays in our dish cabinet and welcomes repeat visitors. My daughter picked volcanos, and now she wants to order a dog bowl for her bestest friend. They love the idea; the latest, pirates, is lovely - the choice of mother-in-law. yeah, I miss the cat, but that makes the plate unique even among calamityware plates! Mom was tickled with it. we are slowly building up our collection. use them everyday and for fancier occasions as well. Mine is bigfoot, my wife's is frogs. so far they have been very durable, but we aren't very hard on things.
I’m slowly buying my favorites and this was one of the first ones! Pirates are scary! Love this plate!
This is my second Calamityware plate. I chose this one to go with Tentacles! which is my favorite motif of the series 2 plates. These plates are fantastic and I hope to buy more in the future. I'm thinking the pterodactyl is next. Actually, I'm hoping that series 1 will be reprinted so that I can get a giant robot plate. Or how about an octopus series?