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$57,818
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 2 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

$57,818
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
625
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 2 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

This project is simple. Let’s make big, fine-quality porcelain bowls festooned with oodles of robots.

Get it? A big serving bowl decorated with a big crowd...for when you are entertaining a big crowd.

Who needs a deep porcelain bowl loaded with robots?
Who needs a deep porcelain bowl loaded with robots?

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.

A close look reveals scads of robots and some other surprises.
A close look reveals scads of robots and some other surprises.

In-glaze porcelain is fired at extra-high temperatures to allow the image to melt slightly into the surface. 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.

With in-glaze production, sharp, detailed decorations are permanently fused into the surface.
With in-glaze production, sharp, detailed decorations are permanently fused into the surface.
Oodles of Robots Bowl is bigger than previous Calamityware plates and bowls.
Oodles of Robots Bowl is bigger than previous Calamityware plates and bowls.

The Oodles of Robots Bowl measures 12" (30 cm) in diameter. Big enough for duty as a serving bowl or extremely generous individual bowl. The bowl will hold 2 cups of liquid (16 oz, 500 mL) with room to spare. Stuff like mashed potatoes, veggies, or pasta can be piled high. 

Ideal as a serving bowl when you have lots of hungry robots to dinner.
Ideal as a serving bowl when you have lots of hungry robots to dinner.

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 robot gang by the end of November 2019.

Robots galore—on rim, in center, and even some on the back.
Robots galore—on rim, in center, and even some on the back.

Free shipping in the U.S.

International shipping. Oodles of Robots Bowls can ship anywhere in the world. Orders outside the U.S. have a postage charge that varies depending on where the package is going. We apply the amount we budget for U.S. shipping to reduce how much you pay for international shipments, but it is still expensive. 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.

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.

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Big enough to share doesn’t mean you must share.
Big enough to share doesn’t mean you must share.

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 joining the email list at Calamityware.com.

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

More than 40 Kickstarter projects have sprung from the drawings in my sketchbooks.
More than 40 Kickstarter projects have sprung from the drawings in my sketchbooks.

Previous projects. 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.

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.

Don
Pittsburgh, August 11, 2019

Load them up. These bowls are ready for the big time.
Load them up. These bowls are ready for the big time.

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. (The greatest danger is that our project might get bumped by some other order for an omnipotent potentate.)

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.

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