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acorn squash soup mug

by Melanie Mckenney
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Sensory Soup

Introduce a comforting, tactile experience to eating soup with this earthenware mug made from a cast of an actual squash. By creating a slip cast of a mold of an in-season acorn squash, ceramicist Melanie McKenney captures its distinct texture, form and shape. The rich glazes represent the contrast between the squash's deep green color and the muted orange of its interior, conjuring up images of a crisp, cool day. When the color and touch of the mug combine with the aroma and taste of the soup, all five senses delight with each sip. Made in Upstate New York.

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earthenware, non-toxic glaze
3.75" H x 4.25" diameter; 14 oz. capacity
Dishwasher safe; not recommended for microwave use.
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Melanie Mckenney

Melanie Mckenney

Melanie Mckenney originally hails from Buffalo, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from nearby Alfred University in 2006, but continued her training through numerous workshops, including study at the Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy. Melanie helped to run a non-profit ceramics program in Lexington, MA, before returning to Buffalo, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

Melanie finds the inspiration for her functional pottery in nature, and believes that capturing those natural forms in clay evokes a new appreciation for everyday objects. Often taken for granted, fruits and vegetables display a rich variety of shapes, colors, and textures. By casting directly from the actual fruit or vegetable, Melanie is able to capture these in detail. Her line of Vegetabowlsc has been in production since 2010, and she hopes to promote local farming, healthy eating, and an appreciation for handmade housewares.

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