This is not your grandmother’s china. For a collection he calls Calamityware, graphic designer Don Moyer‘s porcelain plates mimic the classic blue-and-white Willow pattern that has been a popular ceramic staple since the 18th century, but with a playful twist: his imagery incorporates catastrophic sci-fi storylines and characters you’ll catch only with a careful second glance between bites of an otherwise innocent meal.
We’ve shared several of the creative platters before, plus a mug that pairs with them. Now, Moyer is back in action with two brand new variations, which he’s funded via Kickstarter. One features an attack of zombie poodles, while the other shows a pterodactyl nosediving on an otherwise serene scene. These are the 11th and 12th in a continuously evolving series that includes a jogging Sasquatch, a frog invasion, and more.
Humor is at the heart of Moyer’s delightfully subversive work, which transforms the traditionally sweet and dainty to the cleverly hilarious. “The drawings I like best make me laugh,” he explains on his website. “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.”
All images via Don Moyer.