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lemon & lime bud vases

by Melanie Mckenney
Handmade
Community Voted
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Sweetly Refreshing

When life gives lemons to artist Melanie Mckenney, she doesn't make lemonade - she makes adorable little citrus bud vases!

She uses an actual lemon and lime to create these stoneware bud vases, squeezing out every detail of lifelike texture and shape. Each is finished with bright, non-toxic glazes. Use them to display a sprig of herbs or a fresh-picked wild flower, and they're sure to add a special zest to your kitchen counter. 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.

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Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21091
Made from
earthenware
Measurements
Lemon: 2.25" H x 3" dia., Lime: 1.5" H x 2" dia.
Notes
Items are dishwasher safe but not recommended for microwave use.
  • 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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LEMON & LIME BUD VASES
 
3.0

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

45%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Unique (4)
  • Bright (3)

Cons

  • Low quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen (5)
  • Gifts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (3)

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5.0

FUN!

By 

from Gaithersburg, md

About Me Midrange Shopper

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kitchen

    Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

    I loved these. The holes in the vase are small, one or two stems at most, but so cute. I look forward to combining them with real lemons and limes for a flower arrangement on my kitchen window sill.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Picture isn't accurate

    By 

    from Michigan

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Pros

      Cons

      • Low Quality
      • Too Small

      Best Uses

        Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

        I returned this product it as soon as I received it, despite really needing it as a gift that day. The quality was extremely poor. Previous people said it looked like a child painted it and that was accurate. I sent a picture back to the company after I received it and asked that they change the image on this page to be more reflective of the quality. They have not done so yet. I was disappointed but was refunded and gifted something else instead.

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

        Comment on this review

         
        3.0

        lemon and lime bud vases

        By 

        from georgetown texas

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Unique

        Cons

        • Too Small

        Best Uses

        • Kitchen

        Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

        package came in time, arrived safely, big box, expected lemon and lime to be larger. very cute, daughter loved them. for the price of them,I was expecting something a little larger....I was dissapointed...

        • 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 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        CUTE! But can only use one stem/flower.

        By 

        from Atlanta GA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

        These are VERY CUTE!! But be warned you can only use one stem at a time - which is fine but just wanted to make you aware because you can't tell from the product description.

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        1.0

        Cute - BUT :(

        By 

        from Maryland

        About Me High-end Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Can't Be Used As A Vase
        • Hole To Small For Water

        Best Uses

          Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

          These looked good but are not functional - The only thing that would fit in the hole was a tiny artificial flower, or a violet.

          Service and delivery comments:

          I had this delivered to my niece. When I saw it, I was very disappointed.

          • 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

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          2.0

          FAKE FLOWERS ONLY!

          By 

          from Severna Park MD

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Pros

          • Attractive Design

          Cons

          • Can't Clean Inside
          • Opening Tiny
          • Violet Might Fit

          Best Uses

            Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

            The opening is so small you could barely get water in it let alone a cut flower! It could never be cleaned out unless you soaked it in bleach water!
            The only reason I did not return it - a silk flower bud would fit which will make it a 'easy care decoration' for a 20 something bride. Not worth the money.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Wedding

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Great

            By 

            from Munster, IN

            About Me Midrange Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Bright
            • Durable
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts
              • Kitchen

              Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

              My friend is a gardener and this is perfect for her put on her window sill and fill with fresh cut flowers.

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

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              So cute!

              By 

              from Rockville, MD

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Colorful
              • Cute
              • Fun
              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gifts
                • Kitchen
                • Living Room

                Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

                These two bud vases are so cute! Perfect for a person who likes cooking or gardening :)

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

                Comment on this review

                 
                1.0

                Stay Away!

                By 

                from Lexington Ky

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Low Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

                    The ones I received look nothing like the picture!
                    very poor quality paint job on the lime. They both actually look like a grade schooler made these.

                    • 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

                     
                    1.0

                    Nothing like the pictures

                    By 

                    from Wichita, KS

                    About Me Midrange Shopper

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Low Quality
                      • Poor craftsmanship

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LEMON & LIME BUD VASES:

                        I own another piece of Melanie's work and love it. And I love the idea of these tiny lemon and lime vases. But I was so disappointed to see the sloppy workmanship on these pieces...especially the lemon. There are more tool marks and scapings on them than lemon and lime texture. If I didn't know the green one was supposed to be a lime, I'd have guessed it was a child's hand formed vase. Also, the holes in the vases are too small to actually use.

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                        Q and A

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

                        872votes, 84 comments

                        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                        Melanie Mckenney'a designs may look like sour fruit, but we think they're extra sweet! Would you display your favorite flower in a ceramic lemon or lime?

                        Laura
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love that they're made from actual lemons and limes!

                        Stephanie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I think they're really cute but judging by the picture the lime seems like it is more realistic than the lemon.

                        Renee
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I would absolutely buy these for myself. Curious if they come only as a set.

                        Brooke
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super Cute

                        Amy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Really cute! Very realistic, though I hope the price is for the set, not each, otherwise- yikes!

                        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                        Thanks for the feedback, Amy! The estimated price is for the set, which includes one lemon and one lime.

                        Debbie
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Yes, yes, yes. This will be great for spring and summer decor.

                        Rose

                        I love it.

                        Jenn
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Happy colors!

                        Kimberly
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Weird. Why would you want a vase that looks like fruit?

                        Jordan
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Their cool enough, I just wouldn't want one

                        Renee
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        These vases are so cute!

                        Iliana
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Why?

                        Christine
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love it and it's made right here in new York!

                        Erin
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cute!

                        Pamela

                        I LOOOVE them!

                        Alejandra
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love it! It's adorable and unique. I also don't mind the price at considering it's handmade in the US

                        Rebekah
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Love love love them! Great concept, execution and price. I'd absolutely by these for myself and as gifts.

                        NiceMice
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super cute and priced great as a set for handmade pottery. I don't know is it is due to the photo washing out the color, but the lime seems more detailed then the lemon.

                        elena
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        i love it! super cute good price!!

                        Mary Lynn
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Lovely, and priced right

                        Karen
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        It's kind of fun, but I can do the same with a real lemon or lime for 50 cents.

                        shari
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Perhaps a wee bit pricey?

                        Kristin
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Would be a cute hostess gift or just for me

                        Collyn Ann
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love these! They are so unique and colorful.

                        Rebecca
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Made in the USA! Yea!

                        Jacqueline
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        These are really cute and remind me of my childhood in the Bay Area, California, where we had two lemon "bushes" in our yard. They are fun, attractive, and would brighten up a dull space in the kitchen. I also think they'd make an adorable gift!

                        Jennifer
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cute!

                        chris
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I wonder if this item would fool a relative in actually grabbing it to use it! lol

                        Tna

                        I like these. :) It would be something I would smile at and think was really cute, but I wouldn't buy because I think the price is too high.

                        cicely
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I think these are incredibly creative.

                        Mikkie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I display my fruit

                        Carol Lee
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cute,good price and made in the U.S.A. !!

                        Adrianna
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cutie

                        Linda

                        strange

                        Marion
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cute. Always nice to have a little vase. Might be a little pricey

                        Judy
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        cute, but I wouldn't buy it

                        Trish
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Yeah it's pretty cute!

                        Liane
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I can't flowers looking very attractive in these.

                        Shayna
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Super cute!

                        Beth
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Holes are too small to use many flowers

                        allioop
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        The appear to be nice but unless you have a very specific space for it - I wouldn't waste $38

                        Lisa
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        too much $ for two blobs that are supposed to look like lemon/limes. could see if they were really realistic looking. for $5 could buy a fake lemon/lime at craft store that looks great and drill a hole in them.

                        mark
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Yes, they are really cute, but I think $38 is too pricey. How about $25 instead?

                        Nikki
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I think these are cute, but almost $40 cute? I wouldn't buy at that price. The picture of the flower bud in the lime did not attract me either, but in reading the description, I did like the idea of putting herb sprigs in them. Maybe a product picture of that would be more enticing?

                        Sal

                        Like them

                        Kathleen
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        It's OK, just not my style.

                        Susan
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Cute, but too pricey!

                        MARY
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I like them and think they're cute, but I think $38 is a bit high.

                        Sue
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        so cute and refreshing

                        Ami
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Very cute, just a tad over priced. I would pay $25.

                        Vanessa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        these are awesome

                        Carey Ann

                        To expensive

                        Virginia
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        It would be cool if they were a little cheaper - but they really are beautiful.

                        aimee
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        They are very cute but I wouldn't want them. I also wonder about how to clean the insides out.

                        Alyssa
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Not my style at all - but i do love the idea

                        Cheryl
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cute and unique..I like them but $38 is too much

                        Tracy
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cute to display all year long!

                        kate

                        I thinks these are really cute. They remind me of summer!

                        Jodi
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        These are adorable! I love the look of them!

                        Mary

                        Too Cute!

                        Angela
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        I like the bud vases, but they are just a bit too high priced.

                        Devin
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Cute and sort of realistic! Perfect for the kitchen :0)

                        Beverly
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        wish you would offer a broccoli "vase"..with opening big enough to crisp a medium size broccoli stalk, I use a juice glass now

                        Alyssa
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cute! Would be great decor for the summer season

                        Caitlin
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I really like the concept, but they're awfully small- not practical for more than one or two small flowers. If they were larger, they would be more versatile (and it would be easier to justify the price!).

                        Cynthia
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Looks tacky.

                        Julie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Cute but takes away from the beauty of the flower. No thanks!

                        Summer

                        These are so original and cute! I would love to see a gerbera daisy in these.

                        Summer

                        So realistic looking. I would love to put these on my vintage farm table on display with whispy white flowers coming out. My husband and I had a lemon and lime themed wedding. These would have made fantastic centerpieces.

                        Nettie
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        They look like they were made by a child in art class

                        Dana
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        Very cute. Love it.

                        Roberta
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        As much as I hate to dump on pottery this is just bad. They are two small lumps with a hole poked in them. And a small hole at that. If I am going to display flowers it would not be a single bud but a boquet, or at least something bigger then that. Not worth the money.

                        Wendell
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Why?

                        Sheila
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I like these! Would make a fun hostess gift or something similar.

                        Christiana
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Wow. Save your money for these "cute" vases and buy a salt and pepper shaker.

                        Angela Michels

                        These are cute! They would look great in my friends fruit and veggie themed kitchen. :)

                        Mary
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        I love them but too expensive

                        Lacey
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Prefer more of a full vase to have more than just buds...

                        Christina
                        Vote: Thumbs up!

                        It's cute. I always prefer single stems vs a whole bouquet.

                        Catherine

                        they are fresh and fun

                        Esther
                        Vote: Thumbs down!

                        Very cool! But I wouldn't buy it.

                        Hannah

                        These vases really fooled me- I thought they were real! Great job! I love them, so bright and cheery.

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