I was looking for a replacement piece of Blue Willow china and found something really fun!
Have you ever heard of CalamityWare?
I looked it up. These are designed by Don Moyer, a retired graphic designer. The Calamityware website says that when he inherited a Blue Willow plate, he copied the pattern and added a pterodactyl. People liked the drawing on Flickr so much, he was convinced to try a Kickstarter campaign to make actual sets of the dishes.
You can get the dishes through Kickstarter: CalamityWare on Kickstarter
Whatever is left from the Kickstarter project is available at calamityware.com
Or you can find them on eBay, like I did: CalamityWare on eBay
There have been three sets of the dishes. Each series comes with four different patterns.
The first series has a flock of flying monkeys, a giant robot, a giant fish and an alien invasion.
The second series has a pirate ship, an erupting volcano, tentacles reaching from the water and a whirlpool.
The third series has the Blue Willow scene with a plague of frogs, a sasquatch, brain-eating zombie poodles and a pterodactyl.
The bowls and small plates look rather like traditional blue willow, but with ants or flies.
The mugs have the giant fish, pterodactyls, a 4-armed robot, flying saucers, the sasquatch, giant frogs… probably more.
There are also small bowls, like rice bowls. They have a band like the band on Blue Willow, but with stylized strange little aliens or animals.
There are also some coordinating serving pieces.
And if anyone is trying to think of something I would like… I would like any of these.