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salsa bowl trio

by Melanie Mckenney
Handmade
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The Yum of its Parts

Add a little kick to your Tex-Mex with this spicy trio of salsa dishes. Artist Melanie Mckenney has deconstructed salsa into three key ingredients: zesty purple and white onions, and a juicy red tomato. She created these sturdy, earthenware bowls by forming slip-cast molds from actual vegetables, and has decorated each one with vibrant, non-toxic and food-safe glazes. Each piece is full of delicious detail, and they'll be mouthwatering serving bowls for dips, veggies, or taco fixings at your next fiesta. Food safe. 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.

  • details
Handmade
Community Voted
Item ID
21090
Made from
earthenware
Measurements
Onions: 4.5" L x 4.5" W x 1.75" H; Tomato: 4.5" L x 4.5" W 1.5" H
Notes
Care: Food safe, dishwasher safe. Not recommended for use in microwave, oven, or stove top.
  • 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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Salsa Bowl Trio
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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2.0

VERY SMALL

By 

from Maryland

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about Salsa Bowl Trio:

        These bowls are very little. I envisioned then as "dip or salsa" bowls for a party. They are more like a single serving bowl. Too expensive for the size, but they are cute.

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

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Party Bowls

        By 

        from IL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • FUN to use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Parties
          • Taco Night

          Comments about Salsa Bowl Trio:

          Use the bowls all the time, at least once a week.

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

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Handmade and unique!

          By 

          from Wilmington

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

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                Comments about Salsa Bowl Trio:

                My mom loved these bowls. I love that they come as a set and were acutally made with the impression of the vegetable.

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

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Gift!

                By 

                from Hayward CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique colorful useful

                Cons

                • A bit pricy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Salsa Bowl Trio:

                  Great for gifting, fancy enough for a new bride, useful gift for a host. Very high quality, if a tad pricey. Arrived in great condiion on time.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Gift

                  By 

                  from Aurora, CO

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Dishwasher safe
                  • Handmade
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                  • small

                  Best Uses

                  • Entertaining

                  Comments about Salsa Bowl Trio:

                  These were purchased as a gift. I love that they are very unique and look so much like the veggie they were fashioned after. At the same time because of this they are a bit small. They would be ok for a condiment, but if you were serving chips and salsa you would have to refill them constantly. Also the tomato and the red onion were smooth and shiny all around, but the white onion seemed a bit rough, I'm not sure if it was supposed to be like that, I hope it's ok in the dishwasher.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Very quick delivery, items arrived within a few days in perfect condition.

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                  Q and A

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

                  486votes, 80 comments

                  Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                  Ceramicist Melanie Mckenney's Salsa Bowls are as fresh as the sauces you'll serve in them! Just looking at these realistic veggies is making us hungry. Would you use these bowls for condiments next time you serve up tacos? What about salsa, sour cream, and guacamole with tortilla chips?

                  Seneca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Really cute idea.

                  Maria
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Too cool!!

                  Christina
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Perfect for someone who likes to entertain!

                  Karen
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I would use these this weekend if I could order them now! I do wish an onion was swapped out for a pepper (maybe the bottom half of a bell?) Fantastic price for homemade in the US - please stock from this artist!!

                  Robyn
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  a very neat idea, but at $16 for a tiny bowl, its a little too expensive

                  Charles
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  $16 for a bowl that was handmade in the USA is worth it!

                  kim
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  LOVE THE SALSA DISH... I must get these its a great gift and useful for anytime

                  Heather
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love the design of these bowls! :)

                  Tracy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Clever and cute!

                  Diane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  these are soo beautiful and functional-luv them!!

                  Carolyn

                  These are unique. But I've just purchased several of the SalsaBol's for Christmas gifts - and they are equally unique bowls with a back so that you don't lose your salsa as you scoop. Those are priced at $16 also. I wouldn't buy because of the duplicate items offered at the same time.

                  Sanriobaby =^.^=
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I personally wouldn't get this for myself, but this would be a great gift for several of my friends.

                  Victoria
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I really like this but too expensive at $48

                  becky
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  $50 for 3 small bowls is kind of pricey

                  Joan
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  not in San Antonio by real San Antonians

                  summer
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Personally it looks tacky. would never buy this for myself or anyone else. Plus its way over-priced.

                  Vicki
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like it. I often have chopped onion or tomato in the refrigerator to go with a meal.

                  Natalie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  The cute part is the part you don't see! At first looking at the pictures where the tomato is turned upside down, I'm thinking .. how the heck does that work? Is it a lid?

                  sharon
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  The idea is cute but you would never see the design. It is like putting the design of a vinyl pool on the bottom instead of on the inside.

                  alena
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  adorable!

                  Meghan
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  kinda cute, but moreso tacky. Plus they are expensive and the design will be upside down!

                  HELEN
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  All the detail is invisible when you are using the bowls. They just look like white bowls. And it's too expensive.

                  Rebecca

                  Would pay 25 at most

                  Susan
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Cute but when they're turned over for serving actual dip, you lose the detail.

                  Malinda

                  cute idea and American made!

                  KJ
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Unique. Would make great gifts for the salsa geeks in my family. A bit on the pricey side, but artisan crafted dishwasher safe is worth it.

                  mike
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Over priced. Price needs to be $15 or under.

                  Susan
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  It's not even funny how overpriced these are. They're not that cute.

                  Michele
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I really think this is cute but not fofr $48.00!!

                  Cherisha
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Agree with previous posters, too expensive and can't see the cute part when in use.

                  Peggy
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  you can't even tell it's a vegetable unless you turn the bowl over and of course it would have to be empty for that.also, too expensive.

                  susan

                  The bowls are only cute when they're upside-down!

                  jessica
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Priced kinda high though

                  em

                  cute but too expensive for one purpose

                  Jenn

                  cute, great price would be a precious shower or wedding gift

                  Msh
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Seems pricey for all the "cool" detail to be on the bottom of the bowl -- when I am entertaining I want to show this off

                  Sue
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  too expensive and who wants to use a bowl that looks like an onion?

                  Kelley
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  A little pricy.

                  Laura
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Too expensive especially if they can't go in the microwave. Very cute but not for that price.

                  Barbara

                  I think the price is a little high.

                  Marla
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Not my style.

                  EWA
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  not sure about the price...a little to price for bowls!

                  SDChicky
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  A bit expensive though.

                  Sara
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Cute, but too expensive

                  Stephanie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I think it's hideous.

                  Nancy
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  They're really cute but look very small. It would be nice to have a large serving bowl for the chips that matched the set.

                  Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

                  Thanks so much for all of the great feedback on this Salsa Bowl Trio! Although the outsides of the bowls are very decorative, this is meant to be enjoyed while the bowls are full of goodies. Guests will see the fun design as the bowls are being passed around at dining events. Also, since there have been a few comments on price, we do want to provide a little more information on the process. Artist Melanie Mckenny makes each bowl by hand in New York, using slip-cast molds from actual vegetables. Each is meticulously decorated using non-toxic, food-safe glazes.

                  Colleen
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I agree with the others who say the price is too high. This type of item can be found a million other places for cheap

                  Vicky
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  cute, but too single purpose and doesn't look like lid sercures so wouldn't want to store anything in it..too pricey for just a serving piece. And where is a jalapeno or green chili for this salsa?

                  Kimberley
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love these!!

                  Patti

                  Not sure guests would realize what vegetable they represent unless they were turned upside down.

                  Joshua
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I think it looks tacky.

                  Carol Lee
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I would rather have a design that could be seen from top.

                  Patricia
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very cute and original idea! However I agree with the poster who said the cute part is the part no one will see...the bottom! Even so, it would make a cute gift.

                  maggie
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  the bowls are not large enough

                  Amy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Expensive though

                  Se

                  too expensive; i'd pay up to $28 for these three bowls!

                  Angela
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  It is super cute, but a little pricey!!

                  k9rescue9
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  include an authentic fresh salsa recipe and it will sell like crazy :-)

                  Jamie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I think $48 is a little pricey, though I think they are adorable. Maybe somewhere in the range of $30 - $36. I think they are kitschy and a great gift.

                  Kelly
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love the bowls...but priced a little too high

                  Courtenay
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Too expensive, and hard to tell what it is unless they are upside down, which defeats the purpose of a bowl

                  Elizabeth
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  A little too cutesy for my taste, and a little pricey.

                  Kat
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  cute but not really my style.

                  Jacquelynn
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Who needs a dish just for salsa? This is a bit over-consumerism.

                  Mallory
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very nice idea, but I do agree that it should be a little less.

                  rebecca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love this item!

                  Elizabeth
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Priced fine for NYC but not for the rest of the country in general. I agree the cute pat would bnot be seen in serving, but could be used as decor when not inn use...so could be seen as well as used.

                  S
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  too $$$

                  Christina
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Aesthetically pleasing, but too expensive for bowls.

                  Wendy
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Doesn't look as cute rightside up... :(

                  Christine
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  too cutsy and expensive. With my crowd I need a bigger bowl for salsa

                  Christine
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Really cute idea.

                  LJ
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  adorable! great for a tapas party!

                  Daryl
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Fun.

                  Celeste
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love these, though I think a jalapeno bowl would be necessary!

                  Irene

                  love these

                  tia

                  More bang for your buck with a trio of bowls.

                  sharon
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  NO! Interior is not appealing like the exterior.

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