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Traditional blue plate updated to suit modern appetite for calamity.
Traditional blue plate updated to suit modern appetite for calamity.
Traditional blue plate updated to suit modern appetite for calamity.
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I like drawings that make me laugh. I’ve been doing a series of drawings based on a traditional transferware pattern I saw on an ancient plate my mother inherited from her grandmother. You’ve probably seen countless variations on this old willow pattern. They all feature a tranquil landscape with lakes, exotic plants, and some vaguely oriental buildings. 

Today, we have an appetite for more drama—car chases and explosions. To spice things up, I draw plates with a threat of calamity. Think bats, volcanoes, and rampaging robots. You can see my Calamityware drawings in this Flickr set http://flic.kr/s/aHsjKazkKb

Now it’s time to reproduce one of these drawings on a real dinner plate. The first physical Calamityware plate will feature flying monkeys. Great start! 

Detail of plate drawing. Production plates will be blue image on white.
Detail of plate drawing. Production plates will be blue image on white.

You can hang it on your wall or use it for dinner (food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe). Makes a great gift. Only Kickstarter sponsors can get this plate. So it might become a rare collectible.

If we get enough sponsors, the craftspeople at Bryan China Company (New Castle, PA, USA) will transfer the drawing to full-size dinner plates and fire them—blue on white. 

Risks and challenges

Risks? The world could end. But if it doesn't, I will complete a production drawing scaled perfectly to accommodate the rim, shoulder, and bell of a 10.75" dinner plate. I could lose my pen. Tyrants could outlaw plates that make people laugh. Or the kilns could explode. Face it friend, there are no guarantees in life. But I promise to do everything I can to get these plates out fast. In general, the risk is low. Every part of this project involves proven technology, some of it thousands of years old. But everything in life has the power to turn into a calamity.

Don't expect to have your plate in time for Christmas. We plan to be firing plates in the kilns in January and shipping in February. Watch for updates on Kickstarter as the project advances.

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    Make a mockery of tradition. One plate. Don's drawing of flying monkeys threatening tranquility. 10.75" diameter porcelain dinner plate shipped to your address in North America. Food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe.

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