About this project
I like drawings that make me laugh. When I inherited a traditional blue willow-pattern plate that belonged to my mother’s grandparents, I just had to redraw it and add a dinosaur. As I drew more plates and added more calamities—UFOs, sea monsters, and volcanoes—folks urged me to produce real dinner plates. A Kickstarter project was born.
That first project went well (flying monkeys), so here is the second Kickstarter project in what might turn out to be a long series. Based on exhaustive consumer research, I’ve determined that Calamityware Plate 2 should feature a giant robot lurking among the exotic trees and buildings of a traditional willow-pattern plate. Imagine that bad boy lurking behind your meatloaf or brussels sprouts.
Production plates will feature a rich blue image on white porcelain. You can hang it on your wall or use it for dinner (food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe). Makes a great gift.
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 at 1500 degrees to permanently fuse the image to the porcelain. I plan to ship these plate by late May 2014.
Series continues. I’m committed to continuing this series as long as there are enough Kickstarter sponsors to justify firing up the kiln for each design. Plate 3 will be a voracious sea monster. On Plate 4, a pirate ship threatens the neighborhood. And Plate 5 includes a UFO invasion. I haven’t yet decided what to draw for plate 6. But first, we need to float this project.
If you want more details about Calamityware plates, take a look at the first Calamityware kickstarter project and the weekly updates I shared. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/159974695/calamityware-dinner-plate-1
Want to see more of Don’s drawings? I post a new drawing of something almost every day on Flickr. You can see my Calamityware drawings in this Flickr set http://flic.kr/s/aHsjKazkKb
Risks and challenges
Calamities can confound any project. But there’s little risk here. I just completed a similar project (Calamityware Plate 1, flying monkeys) and we are using proven technology, some of it unchanged for a thousand years. But wait. That’s just the kind of attitude that develops before the poo hits the fan, isn’t it? I could lose my drawing, develop a mysterious amnesia, be abducted by aliens, or the kilns could explode. When you look at it through a calamity lens, you see that it will be a miracle if this project ever gets done. But I give you my word, I will work tirelessly to get everyone their Calamityware 2 plates as soon as possible. It’ll probably be late May—in plenty of time to be a wedding gift for any summer nuptials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I once lived and worked in Toronto. So I want to help out my friends north of the border. If you live in Canada, shipping will be included in your pledge.
But you need to pledge in a special way. Here's what I want you to do. When you make your pledge, pretend that you live in Pittsburgh. (It's nicer than you think.) Don't ask for international shipping. Don't pledge the extra $30USD to ship overseas.
Later, when I ask you for your current mailing address, you’ll tell me that you live in Saskatoon, or whatever. We'll need to trick the system once more by pretending that Saskatewan (or whatever province) is in the USA. I'll change the mailing labels from US to Canada and you will have saved $30. That should work.
After the first plate was funded, sponsors were asked to indicate their favorite calamities. Based on that research, here are the next four plates.
Calamityware Plate 2: giant robot
Calamityware Plate 3: voracious sea monster
Calamityware Plate 4: pirates in the neighborhood
Calamityware Plate 5: UFO invasion
Beyond that calamities may include volcano, Sasquatch, mariachis, mimes, pterodactyls, or a giant octopus. Stay tuned. I’m waiting to see what strikes my fancy.
I'm still trying to figure out if there is any way to accommodate the special requests for calamities that I received in my survey—ants, former spouse, canned music,
All the plates in this series will be the same size and color but the designs of the plate borders and central image will be different. It's also possible that the shade of blue will shift slightly because the transfers and plate firing is going to be happening a different times, months apart. If you are a perfectionist about color matching, you should order a set of matching dishes with the same design on all of them.
If you want each of your guests to have a different calamity, the best way is to sponsor six or more separate, successive Kickstarter projects. I’m trying to space them 90 days apart. So it is going to take a while. But the wait will be worthwhile, right?
There may still be some plates available from previous Calamityware Kickstarter projects at BuyCalamityware.com. Kickstarter is the best deal, but you can catch up and fill in gaps in your Calamityware plate collection there.
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