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potato parchment bowl

by Margaret Dorfman
Handmade
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  • the story

Potato, You Say?

Yes, these bowls are made from real purple potatoes. Hand built slice by slice by artisan Margaret Dorfman from fresh purple potatoes cured, pressed and aged for several days, these incredible accent bowls are a tasty addition to your home. Named after the translucent surfaces used for writing in medieval Europe, the parchment bowl can hold potpourri or a votive candle, but with its enchanting design and jewel-like colors in teal, turquoise, purple and indigo, it's also vibrantly attractive on its own. Unlike real potatoes, which are quite hardy, these bowls are extremely delicate and must be handled gently. Handmade in California, each is one of a kind, and irregular edges can be trimmed to a desired length. Colors may vary, as seen above. Bowl is finished with non-toxic sealer with a semi-gloss sheen. Protect from sunlight and humidity.

Artist card included.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
13315
Made from
purple potato
Measurements
small: 4"H x 5"D large: 8.5"H x 10"W
Notes
Keep out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
  • the maker
Margaret Dorfman

Margaret Dorfman

Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.

Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.

Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.

Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see."

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POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL
 
3.5

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (7)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (28)
  • Unique (24)
  • Bright (8)

Cons

  • Delicate (25)
  • Flimsy (4)
  • Low quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Living room (15)
  • Gifts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (21), Stylish (9), Budget shopper (6), Practical (6), High-end shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (18), No (3)

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5.0

Lovely, but exceedingly fragile

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from Antarctica

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright
  • Unique

Cons

  • Delicate

Best Uses

  • Gifts
  • Living Room

Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

I bought this as a gift to my sister in law on her first anniversary. She tells me that it is spectacular, and that her husband and she are thrilled with it.

Service and delivery comments:

The only problem with the product is it is extremely fragile. It is one of those things you really would rather hand carry on a plane yourself. When it arrived to my sister in law, it was broken in a million pieces. Fortunately customer service is sending a replacement for this piece, and as I understand from her, the customer services is fabulous to deal with.

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4.0

beautiful and different item

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from atlanta, ga

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Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Delicate

Best Uses

  • Gifts

Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

this was a great item for a friend that has unique taste but when i received it it was not packed properly and was broken. did get a refund right away so not problem. did not reorder.

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5.0

Beautiful, fascinating, unique

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from Coralville IA

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Great conversation piece
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Living Room

    Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

    Well and attractively packaged, arrived promptly.

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    4.0

    Uncommon indeed!

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Budget Shopper

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    Pros

    • Love it
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Delicate
    • Packaging sticks to bowl

    Best Uses

    • Gifts

    Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

    So unique, no one ever guesses that it is made from a potatoe. The wrapping, tissue, paper that bowl arrives in sticks to the bowl and must be removed carefully.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful spuds

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    from Denver

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    Pros

    • A fragile bit of beauty
    • An ethereal creation
    • Attractive Design
    • Bright
    • Lovely color crisp shape
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

        I sent this as a birthday gift to my sister--- her small daughters were fascinated to think it was made of a potato, and enjoyed hearing about the artist.

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        4.0

        Unique gift idea

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        from Houston, TX

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Unique

        Cons

        • Delicate

        Best Uses

        • Artistic decor

        Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

        I am very much into unique artistic gifts. Things you arn't going to find just anywhere. I purchased in for decor purposes, not really for any kind of use.

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        4.0

        Mom Loves It! What else matters?

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        from Ventura County, CA

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        Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

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        1.0

        Chipped and faded

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Delicate

          Best Uses

            Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

            I have purchased other Dorfman parchment bowls. This one was faded and the edges were chipped.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Unique! but fragile

            By 

            from Tennessee

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Bright
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Delicate

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room

            Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

            Unique, eye-catching accessory. But best to keep it out of the way of small curious fingers and cat paws, because if you breathe on it the wrong way, it may shatter. However, if you're sure you can display it in a safe place, it's a fabulous piece!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Wonderful and unique bowl.

            By 

            from Stafford, VA

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Bright
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Delicate

            Best Uses

            • Gifts
            • Living Room

            Comments about POTATO PARCHMENT BOWL:

            I loved the bowl. It was a gift for friends, but I wanted to keep it for myself. I love unique gifts that can not be found in a mall.

            Service and delivery comments:

            I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the bowl was shipped to me. I will definitely shop on your site again!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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