Good hosts have serving platters.
Great hosts have serving platters decorated with dinosuars.
When you see how many dinosaurs, you’ll understand why I call this the Gang’s-All-Here Platter.
I’ve been working on an oval platter to add to the Calamityware series—something that will look good on the table with your Calamityware dinner plates and other Calamityware porcelain. I think of the design as “the Gang’s All Here” because it includes dozens of dinosaurs lurking in the blue-willow landscape. Get it? A serving platter for when you are entertaining a big crowd...decorated with a big crowd.
Top quality. A true work of art. Like the previous Calamityware dinner plates, this platter is fine porcelain produced at the award-winning Kristoff workshop in Poland using the in-glaze technique. Final production will feature white porcelain with a rich blue image. Food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe.
The platter measures 14.75" x 10.25" (37cm x 26cm). You can use it as your dinner plate if you are really hungry or put it to use as a serving dish. If you want a platter to display the carcass of those freakishly big, mutant turkeys, you may find that’s more than the Gang’s-All-Here platter can accommodate.
In-glaze porcelain is fired at extra-high temperatures to allow the image to melt slightly into the surface of the platter. 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.
Caring for porcelain is easy. How much pampering you give your porcelain should depend on how long you want it to last. I wrote a blog post that offers practical advice about living with porcelain. Read it and follow the advice if you want to keep your porcelain pristine.
When can I expect my reward? Assuming nothing calamitous happens, you should be dining with the gang in April 2018.
International shipping. Gang’s-All-Here Platters can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the U.S. have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. Porcelain is heavy, so postage costs are shockingly high. But for a treasured heirloom that may last generations, perhaps you can justify the expense.
Read this if you are outside the U.S. In some countries, customs duties may be applied to porcelain shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most packages sail through without any duty, but some are selected by chance and the recipient gets hit with a duty fee. So if you can’t tolerate the risk that your shipment might get selected for extra costs, you should probably not support this project. Or arrange to have your reward shipped to a friend in the U.S. who can bring you your porcelain in their luggage next trip.
Customs inspectors can be arbitrary and unpredictable. We’ll be using the U.S. Postal Service for these shipments because that seems to minimize the number of packages that get hit with customs fees, and there are no extra broker fees added.
Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to us. Don’t just assume it will show up. Shipments have a way of getting stalled, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly.
Project updates. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that I’ll feel like a pest. You can also receive a trickle of news about designing, producing, and enjoying Calamityware plates (and the other projects Don is working on) 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.
Previous Calamityware plates. If you missed my previous Kickstarter projects, you’ll find leftovers from all my previous projects at Calamityware.com. While supplies last. Not just porcelain—there are some other unusual products there, too, that began as Kickstarter-Don projects.
Pittsburgh, January 22, 2018
Risks and challenges
Countless things could go wrong to delay this project. But the design is done and the pre-production proofs have been approved. So if I get enough sponsors, I will green-light production right away.
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.
If you have supported my previous Kickstarter projects, you know I always come through. Frequently, I complete my projects ahead of schedule. In any case, you’ll get updates so you know what’s going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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