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cantaloupe bowls

by Melanie Mckenney
Handmade
Community Voted
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  • the story

Ripe with Appeal

Artist Melanie Mckenney finds her inspiration in nature - not the typical flowers and trees, but in the abundant textures and colors of ordinary fruits and vegetables.

In these sturdy, earthenware bowls she has captured the sweetness of a ripe cantaloupe melon. She created a slip-cast mold from an actual fruit to recreate the detailed texture of its familiar, nubbly rind. The inner surface is smooth and makes a perfect bowl for cereal, fruit, or summery treats. Mckenney finishes off her delicious creation with food-safe, non-toxic glazes that dish out the delectable coloring of the edible original. Dishwasher safe. Not recommended for microwave, oven or stovetop. Handmade in Tonawanda, New York.

Due to handmade nature of the product, each is one-of-a-kind and will vary.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21088
Made from
earthenware, food-safe glaze
Measurements
2.5" H x 5.25" dia.
Notes
These bowls are dishwasher safe but not recommended for microwave.
  • the maker
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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CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (17)
  • High quality (12)
  • Dishwasher safe (9)
  • Doesn't stain (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (7), Stylish (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

Great shower gift

By 

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Stylish

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Doesn't Stain
  • High Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

      My great niece told a funny story about her fiance suggesting cantalopes for dinner. I thought this would be a real treat for both of them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Wedding

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      i would buy this product again !!!

      By 

      from Boston

      About Me Practical

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Dishwasher Safe
      • Doesn't Stain
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

        I use these almost everyday.. for fruit
        cereal yogurt

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Grandparent
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        love

        By 

        from mass

        About Me Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Dishwasher Safe
        • Doesn't Stain
        • High Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fruit

          Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

          love the size ... so appealing.. use for everything from cereal bowl to fruits!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Child
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          1.0

          Very, very disappointed

          By 

          from Pittsburgh, Pa.

          About Me Stylish

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift

              Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

              This bowl was much smaller than I expected. I thought it looked very little like a cantelope.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's okay

              By 

              from Hilo, HI

              About Me Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Dishwasher Safe
              • Doesn't Stain
              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                This does not apply

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Mother’s Day

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Neat gift

                By 

                from Vermont

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Dishwasher Safe

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                  Very unique gift idea. It's a perfect fruit bowl.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Mother
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Cute bowl

                  By 

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • High Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                    I had to open the very well packaged bowls because I wanted to see them before gifting. They are very cute and I can definitely tell that they were made with real cantaloupe. They are both unique and I know my mom is going to love them.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Mother
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Christmas or Hanukkah

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Very cool

                    By 

                    from Ft Lauderdale, FL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                          These bowls are very unique! They are just as described, and really do look like cantaloupes--especially the outside of the bowl. They are stackable, which I don't think the product description mentioned. That's nice because it is another thing to have to store in the cubbard, so at least you can save a little space! I bought them for a family member who I know loves to eat lots of fresh fruit in the summer. I hope she'll enjoy it even more in these pretty, unique bowls!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Other
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

                          Comment on this review

                           
                          4.0

                          Canteloupe Bowls

                          By 

                          from Vashonm, Washington

                          About Me Bargain Hunter

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • High Quality

                          Cons

                          • Breaks/Chips Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Use

                          Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                          The bowls are beautiful and I'm super happy with them!

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Delivery was very prompt. Packing needs to improve, though. One of the bowls showed up broken in half.

                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Other
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Birthday

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                          2.0

                          shape varies greatly

                          By 

                          from Oakland, CA

                          About Me Frequent Entertainer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about CANTALOUPE BOWLS - SET OF 2:

                              While the design concept is wonderful and the hand-made by an artist appeal is great, my bowls were too varied in size. One was more oval than round so not easy to stack in addition to looking so different.

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                              Q and A

                              When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                              211votes, 63 comments

                              Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                              Artist Melanie Mckenney's new bowls look good enough to eat! Maybe it's because she casts them from actual fruit. Would you serve up fresh fruit in these cool cantaloupe bowls?

                              Seneca
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Sooo cuuute!

                              Christy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Love these! Such a unique design!

                              elena
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I love that it is handmade in New York! I would pay $44 for a set of these because of that reason. I can't wait to do so-these are wonderful!

                              Christina
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Very cute! And they look so lifelike.

                              Karen
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Hope noone tries to eat the bowl - they look great!

                              Robyn
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              its very cool - but at $22 a bowl, its a little too expensive.

                              Charles
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I have seen these bowls in person and they are great! I plan on buying asap! Love that they are handmade in NY, definitely worth the price.

                              kim
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              these wash well.. everyone loves them they are the perfect size for blueberries all fresh cut up fruit!

                              Diane
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              these are the perfect gift for the person who has everything-they are beautiful and functional-I use mine daily

                              Tracy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Not only functional, but decorative!

                              Tajuana
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Looks just like the real thing!

                              debra
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              very cute, and made in the u.s.a.

                              Joan
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              5 stars

                              KJ

                              Would consider for 1/2 the price. Cute and unique but too pricy for my budget.


                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              i love these bowls, but the price is very kinda high for just two bowls...

                              paige
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              LOVE this. It's cute, cool and funky without being garish.

                              Jennie
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Too pricey. Really cute though.

                              Kimberley
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Cute idea, but a bit too expensive.

                              Liane
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Bring the price down and I'd buy them.

                              eileen

                              beautiful....but a little pricey

                              C
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              things are often very pricey at Uncommon Goods. just hoping this is a necessity and not a huge, huge profit margin.

                              Alexis
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              This is very unique and can work across settings, but the price is a bit steep.

                              Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                              Thanks for the comment, C! Some of our products do cost a bit more than the mass-produced items you find elsewhere, but please keep in mind that this is because handmade items require the artist's time and effort. These bowls are made by Melanie Mckenney, who creates the pieces from a mold of an actual cantaloupe. The price accounts not only for the cost of materials, but also allows for Melanie to make a fair wage.

                              Fran
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Very cool.

                              Elizabeth
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Love them, even though I am not a cantalope lover. Would be great for buffets, etc.

                              S
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              really cute but too$$$

                              Heather
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Too expensive, come on, $40 for 2 lousy little bowls? They are really cool and original though. I'm sure many other financially equipped people won't mind shelling out the dough for these fruit bowls.

                              Jennifer
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              A little pricey.

                              Kelly
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I have purchased bowls like this in the past...grapefruits and melons. Love the nod to realistic look...yet priced too high for the size of them....they should be more like 2 for 15

                              linda
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Fun, but too expensive!

                              Beth
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              A bit pricey, but really cute.

                              alena
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              kind of pricey

                              angela
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              even though I wouldnt pay 44 bucks for these they are awesome looking

                              kim
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Cute and very realistic but too expensive.

                              amy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Price is a little high. $30-$34 would be more reasonable; $15-$17/bowl.

                              linda
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              very cute

                              Barbara
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Great idea, fairly priced.

                              Jenny
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Fun and functional! Most imprortantly, dishwasher safe!

                              Rasha
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Wow! excellent idea! A little bit pricey!

                              Wendy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              A little pricey, but they look unique and pretty, and LOVE that they're handmade in NY!!

                              Christine
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              cute, but pricey, I can eat fruit out of a less expensive bowl. If you entertain regularly it would be a good investment as an interesting serving piece. Do like the fact that it is manufactured stateside.

                              Dorothy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Would buy in an instant. Adorable!

                              Christine
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              A bit pricey, but cool idea. I like that it's made in western NY, my old neck of the woods!

                              Cindy
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              All I can say is very cute!

                              LJ
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              cute idea but way expensive.

                              Jeffrey
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Practical and cute -- would make great decorative bowls!

                              Denise
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              I want these!!!!!!

                              Jane
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Est. price too high since the bowls are so small. I'd consider if they were serving bowls of different melon shapes/sizes.

                              diane
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Cute, pricey but cute.

                              maryhelen
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Too high priced

                              Daryl
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              Fun.

                              Emily
                              Vote: Thumbs down!

                              Love them, but way too expensive!

                              Christen
                              Vote: Thumbs up!

                              These are great, but the price is a bit higher than I'd like.

                              Liz

                              Cute! I like that they're dishwasher safe.

                              Irene

                              cute and a fair price for handmade items

                              Rebecca

                              Holy price! Crazy expensive for something that isn't essential to the kitchen

                              Anne

                              I think my kids would get a kick out of these and they can be used as bowls.

                              holly

                              Cute! Love it and made in the USA

                              sharon

                              Great looking item but $22/bowl???

                              Anik

                              Love these!!!

                              jenni

                              cute, but too $$$

                              stacy

                              These would make a cure bridal shower gift!

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