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 feel as though I have been let in on one of the great secrets of life, having purchased this tea cup and saucer set.
You won’t be able to see this in either of my photos, because I am an average human with two arms (one holding the camera), but I have found that holding a teacup and saucer keeps your darn hands out of trouble.
One of my sheroes, Hannah Gadsby, says that the sound of a teacup being placed back on its saucer is her favorite sound. I will attest that this sound does make one feel that everything is all right with the world for the moment.
We know that this is not necessarily true, but for the few minutes that it takes you to sip and enjoy your tea, possibly with cookies or banana bread occupying the generous rim of the saucer, you may also feel that this is so.
Today, when I opened my box of two, 8-ounce cups with saucers, and my box of extra saucers for some of my12-ounce cups, I truly felt like a bona fide grown-up. There will eventually be a fight in my family over who gets all of the Calamityware that I have collected so far.
Bonus: I do believe there are new characters on this little tea cup... I won’t spoil the surprise. The cat in the middle of the saucer is perfect.