Giant robot invades Blue Willow plates for geeky dinnerware

Classic Blue Willow-pattern plates get a modern makeover with the addition of a giant robot.

Blue Willow with robots
The robot invasion of tea time has begun. Don Moyer

Few things are more classic and stately than a nice, sedate set of Blue Willow plates. They exude good taste and an appreciation for history. They're the sort of plates upon which you would serve an assortment of tea sandwiches. But the Blue Willow world is now under attack. By a giant robot. Run for your lives!

Artist Don Moyer's Calamityware dinner plate Kickstarter project is turning tradition on its head with a plate that changes out the usual Blue Willow scene of two lovers for a disaster scene involving a one-eyed robot.

The change is subtle enough to escape detection with a quick glance, but a more detailed study reveals the robot in the edge motif and a frightened human looking up at the bot.

A single 10.75-inch porcelain plate goes for a $25 pledge. You can feed a crowd with six plates for $130. The plates are food-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe. Bryan China Company, a US manufacturer, will apply Moyer's design and fire the plates at 1,500 degrees to create the final product.

The robot plate is part of a series Moyer has been designing. Other entries include drawings of UFOs and sea monsters interrupting the usually tranquil Blue Willow look. If this plate project is successful, Moyer promises to continue the series, with the sea monster being next up.

With enough interest, Moyer may be able to offer the most subtly geeky set of dinnerware ever created. You'll want to throw formal dinners all the time, followed by some tabletop RPGs, of course.

About the author

Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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