pineapple bowlby Melanie Mckenney $24.00
- the story
I Pine For You
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.
She recreates this prickly tropical fruit in sturdy earthenware by making a slip-cast mold from an actual pineapple. To add even more delicious detail, she decorates each piece of functional art with vibrant, food-safe glazes, giving both its sweet, yellow flesh and its spiky rind an air of authenticity.
Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality. In the 1700's, a pineapple on your front porch told the neighborhood that you were welcoming guests. Like its edible original, when you fill this sculptural bowl with seasonal fruits or summer salads you're bound to make every get-together that much more gracious and inviting. Handmade in Tonawanda, New York.
Due to handmade nature of the product, each is one of a kind and will vary.
- Item ID
- Made from
- earthenware, food-safe glaze
- approx. 6" L x 4.5" W x 2.5" H; 10 oz. capacity
- Dishwasher safe; not microwave safe.
- 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. collection
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