grapefruit bowlsby Melanie Mckenney
- the story
Tangy & Sweet
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 juicy tang of ripe grapefruit. She did so by using a slip-cast mold from an actual fruit to recreate the detailed texture of its thick, dimpled rind. The smooth inner surface is a perfect, delicious pink, segmented into the familiar pattern of wedged slices. For her creations, Mckenney uses only food-safe, non-toxic glazes that dish out all the delectable details 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.
Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.
- Item ID
- Made from
- earthenware, food-safe glaze
- 4" dia x 2" H
- Food safe and dishwasher safe. Not recommended for use in microwave, oven, or stovetop.
- the maker
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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