These Plates Illustrate the Calamities of Friday the 13th

updated May 1, 2019
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Today is Friday the 13th, so these plates are the appropriate way to set your table. Think they’re just classic Blue Willow? Look closer. Why yes, that’s a one-eyed robot looming over the pagoda. Calamity is on its way! Want to see the others?

(Image credit: Calamityware)
(Image credit: Calamityware)

UFOs! Flying monkeys! Oh, and there’s a sea monster. (I admire and applaud the reviewer who says, “We love serving smoked fish on this plate.”)

(Image credit: Calamityware)

These plates are the product of clever artist and designer Don Moyer, who just wanted to have a little fun. On his website he says:

The Calamityware series started in 2011 when I inherited a traditional, Willow-pattern plate and decided to redraw it and add the excitement of a pterodactyl. People urged me to find a way to reproduce my plate drawings on porcelain and the first in a series of successful Kickstarter projects was born. I’ve been delighted that so many people want to share their homes with Calamityware. These plates take a design pattern with a 300-year history in a new direction. My goal is to make an object that is practical, beautiful, and funny. A wicked combination.

If calamity must befall us this Friday the 13th, let’s hope it’s as fun as these are.