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Astonishing porcelain tea set to remind you of how good you have it.
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Lost your keys? Lost your job? Look at the bright side. At least you’re not plagued by pterodactyls, pursued by giant robots, or pestered by zombie poodles. Life is good! 

The Things-Could-Be-Worse Tea Service is designed to go with your Things-Could-Be-Worse mugs and Calamityware plates and to remind you how lucky you are.

This porcelain teapot and cream and sugar service feature my drawing of a traditional blue-willow paradise discombobulated by more than a dozen calamities, perils, and pests. 

You’ll find...
• hairy fiend
• giant frog
• pirates
• cephalopod
• unpleasant blob creature
• dinosaurs
• dubious musician
• bear
• levitating demon
• voracious sea monster 
• UFOs 
• aggressive pterodactyls
• rambunctious robots 
• capybara
• zombie poodle and other suspicious animals and shrubs.

Porcealin teapot with lid holds 44 ounces of your favorite brew.
Porcealin teapot with lid holds 44 ounces of your favorite brew.

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Porcelain creamer and sugar set is great for coffee drinkers who don’t need a teapot.
Porcelain creamer and sugar set is great for coffee drinkers who don’t need a teapot.

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Teapot with creamer and sugar set includes all the new designs.
Teapot with creamer and sugar set includes all the new designs.

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Everything you need for a tea party—teapot, creamer and sugar set, and a set of the four original Things-Could-Be-Worse Mugs.
Everything you need for a tea party—teapot, creamer and sugar set, and a set of the four original Things-Could-Be-Worse Mugs.


Some inconveniences glimpsed. 

What do you get? You’ll find pledge levels for the creamer and sugar set (A), teapot (B), teapot and creamer and sugar set (D), and all those rewards plus a set of the four original Things-Could-Be-Worse Mugs that we created in 2015 (F). 

There are also pledge levels to get two of each of those four rewards. If you must have some other weird combination or quantity, that’s too complicated for me. But you can take it up with my colleague Lynnette. Email her at robot@calamityware.com and she’ll explain how to tweak your pledge level to get what you want.

The good stuff. These porcelain treasures are made and decorated by the award-winning Kristoff Porcelain workshop in Poland using the traditional in-glaze technique. The items are food safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe so you can use them every day to remind you of all the problems you don’t have.

When will you receive your rewards? I’ve already completed the designs and inspected the first prototypes. Production can start as soon as I have enough pledges. Assuming nothing calamitous happens, you should be enjoying these treasures by early 2019. 

Free shipping in U.S.

International shipping. The Things-Could-Be-Worse Tea Service rewards 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’ve budgeted for U.S. postage to lower your cost, but 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 at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly.

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Project updates.
Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that you’ll think that I am 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.

Designing these rewards required lots of alternatives before I got all the details right. That effort is done and production can start as soon as we meet our Kickstarter goal.
Designing these rewards required lots of alternatives before I got all the details right. That effort is done and production can start as soon as we meet our Kickstarter goal.

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

Previous Calamityware plates. If you missed my previous Kickstarter projects, you’ll find extras from the production run from most of 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...including the world’s most delightful shower curtain.

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
August 20, 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 without waiting until the project closes.

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.

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    Pledge $48 or more About $48

    A: Creamer & Sugar Set

    One creamer and one sugar bowl with lid. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    B: Teapot

    One 44-ounce teapot with lid. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    C: Two Creamer & Sugar Sets

    Two creamers and two sugar bowls with lids. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    D: Tea Pot with Creamer & Sugar Set

    One 44-ounce teapot with lid and one creamer and one sugar bowl with lid. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    E: Two Teapots

    Two 44-ounce teapots with lids. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    F: Full Set

    One 44-ounce teapot with lid and one creamer and one sugar bowl with lid. Also, a set of four of the original Things-Could-Be-Worse mugs. All to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    G: Two Teapots and Creamer & Sugar Sets

    Two 44-ounce teapots with lids and two creamers and two sugar bowls with lids. Things-Could-Be-Worse design to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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    H: Two Full Sets

    Two 44-ounce teapots with lids and two creamers and two sugar bowls with lids. Also, two sets of four (total 8 mugs) of the original Things-Could-Be-Worse mugs. All to remind you that no matter how bad your day is going, it could be far worse. Free shipping in the USA.

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