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Rambunctious volcano adds thrills to traditional blue dinner plate
Rambunctious volcano adds thrills to traditional blue dinner plate
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Calamityware dinner plate 6

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Say goodbye to boredom. You and your guests deserve more excitement. Nothing adds excitement like an active volcano and a river of burning lava. Imagine finishing your meal and finding this marvel behind your lasagna!

One man’s lava is another man’s comedy.
One man’s lava is another man’s comedy.

You can hang it on your wall or use your plates for meals (food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe). Makes a really astonishing gift, especially for volcanologists and relatives with anger-management problems.

Top quality. These plates will be produced at the award-winning Kristoff porcelain workshop in Poland using the in-glaze technique. Final production will feature a rich blue image on 10.5"-diameter, white porcelain that’s destined to become a treasured family heirloom.

Series 2. This rambunctious-volcano plate is the second in my in-glaze series. In-glaze plates are fired at extra high temperature to allow the image to melt slightly into the surface of the plate. Connoisseurs will appreciate the beauty of the in-glaze technique which the artists at Kristoff have been refining since 1831. This is the look of porcelain you see in museums. Sweet.

Previous Calamityware plates. If you missed the previous Kickstarter projects and want to address a gap in your Calamityware plate collection, you’ll find earlier plates from both Series 1 and Series 2 at Calamityware.com.

Some of the previous Calamityware plate designs.
Some of the previous Calamityware plate designs.

Will all the plates in this series match? No. The designs of the plate borders and central image of each Calamityware plate are different. It’s also possible that the exact size of the plates and the shade of blue will shift slightly because the plates, transfers, and firing happen at different times and months apart. If you appreciate the notion of “eclectic,” you’ll be delighted. But if you are a perfectionist about matching, you should order enough of your favorite Calamityware plate so all your guests have the same design.

How can I get a collection of different designs? If you want each of your dinner guests to have a different calamity, the best way is to sponsor each of the successive Kickstarter projects. I’m trying to space these projects about 45 days apart. So, in 2015, it should be possible to introduce four new designs—pirates in the neighborhood, rambunctious volcano, tentacles!, and vortex of doom. You can find the first four Calamityware plate designs from Series 1 here.

When can I dine with volcanoes? I’ve already proofed this plate design, so production can start as soon as I have enough sponsors. Assuming nothing calamitous happens, you should be dining with this spirited volcano by the end of July 2015. Maybe sooner.

International shipping. Plates can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the US have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. Porcelain plates are heavy, so postage costs are shockingly high. But for a treasured heirloom that may last generations, you might be able to justify the expense.

In some countries, customs duties may be applied to plate shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. It’s all very willy-nilly.

What’s going on? Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds. You can also receive a trickle of news about designing, producing, and enjoying Calamityware plates by liking the Calamityware Facebook page.

Questions? Send me your questions and I’ll add them and the answers to the FAQ section of this page.

If you are curious about production, you can study this overview of the steps involved. (Too small? Click image to download PDF.)

Want to see more of Don’s drawings? I post a new drawing of something almost every day on Flickr. You can see my preliminary Calamityware sketches and drawings in this Flickr album.

Risks and challenges

Countless things could go wrong to delay this project. But the design is done and the pre-production proof has been approved. So if I get enough sponsors, I can green-light production. I’m using a workshop that produces porcelain for monarchs and potentates and has perfected production techniques over 180 years. So technical problems are unlikely. The biggest risk is that production will take longer than anticipated.

I promise that I won’t stop working until all my sponsors receive their Calamityware plates. I think we’ll be shipping before the end of July 2015. I hope it can be sooner.

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    One plate with Don’s drawing of a rambunctious volcano disrupting the tranquility of paradise. 10.5"-diameter porcelain dinner plate. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

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    Dinner for two. Set of two matching plates with Don’s drawing of a rambunctious volcano disrupting the tranquility of paradise. 10.5"-diameter porcelain dinner plates. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

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    Amaze your friends. Set of four matching plates with Don’s drawing of a rambunctious volcano disrupting the tranquility of paradise. 10.5"-diameter porcelain dinner plates. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

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    Amaze all your friends. Set of six matching plates with Don’s drawing of a rambunctious volcano disrupting the tranquility of paradise. 10.5"-diameter porcelain dinner plates. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

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    Crowd pleasing. Set of 12 matching plates with Don’s drawing of a rambunctious volcano disrupting the tranquility of paradise. 10.5"-diameter porcelain dinner plates. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.

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