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Melanie and Justin Mckenney

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Melanie and Justin Mckenney


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5 out of 5 stars
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  • lollycowell on Jan 17, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I loved it and so does my sister who got it for Christmas!

  • Helene on Jan 8, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    These are the cutest little bowls. I think they make great hostess gifts, especially the larger ones. These are a very good price point. I use the little ones on my counter for odds and ends. They are sturdy and easily washable. I have the canteloupe, the orange, the lemon and the lime. I bought the watermelon as a housewarming gift. Can't go wrong..

  • kelseymd1 on Jan 2, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I ordered this for my mom for Christmas and the shipping was taking a little longer than expected, so the owner sent me a free bowl! Customer service is so good, and the planter was so cute, I got a small succulent to go with it. Totally recommend.

  • tutuma2 on Dec 31, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    My experience with this shop could not have been better. The bowls are as described, even more beautiful than i had imagined. They were sent in a most timely matter and safely packaged. i had one question prior to delivery, and they got back to me immediately with their response.
    I bought these bowls as a gift, and the recipient was thrilled with them.
    The bowls are lovely and so creative with perfect cantaloupe rind texture on the outer side. i would definitely buy from this seller again and am looking forward to purchasing other items they offer.
    Many thanks.

  • masamaniego on Dec 30, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Arrived timely. Beautiful work. Wished it was slightly bigger. It was a Xmas gift for daughter that had pinned it in her wishlist. She loves it!

  • KATHRYN on Dec 29, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    This was a gift for my life long girlfriend. She loves the watermelon bowl. I did not know that my friend actually saw your work at a show and was impressed.

  • annalisa728 on Dec 29, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Bought this as a gift and the recipient looked it. It looked good and accurate to the product photo.

  • dustdub on Dec 13, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Great people, awesome products, repeat customer, and I highly recommend!

  • melvt76 on Dec 4, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent customer service. The original piece I ordered was cracked before shipping. Melanie offered to send me another piece and it arrived just in time for thanksgiving as a hostess gift for my friend. She also sent me my original order once a new one was made. Would definitely come back to this shop. Thank you!

  • mark on Mar 19, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

About vegetabowls

Sales 4,058
On Etsy since 2010

Functional pottery molded from real fruits and vegetables!

Vegetabowls® began 8 years ago in Lexington, Massachusetts while Melanie was teaching a ceramics class. She asked her students to each bring in a fruit or vegetable for a lesson on slip-casting and plaster mold-making. She used a cantaloupe for her demonstration and it turned out so great they ended up casting a cabbage and pineapple. When Melanie brought it home to her husband he was amazed. He said, "we have to make all kinds of fruit and vegetable bowls.... vegetabowls!" Grocery shopping has not been the same since!

Our line is constantly evolving and expanding with each trip to the farmer’s market and each passing season. Vegetabowls® aims to promote local farming, healthy eating, and an appreciation for handmade functional house wares.

V​egetabowls® is a small ceramics company ​in Sarasota, FL. Each item is handmade by Melanie and Justin Mckenney. The two attended Alfred University where they both received Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees. After graduating Melanie and Justin moved to Boston, MA. Melanie taught ceramics at a non-profit art center, and Justin was an instructor at a public access glassblowing studio. In 2010 they got married and launched Vegetabowls®. They just re-located from Grand Island, NY to Sarasota, FL with their daughter Lyla, son Reed, and dog Sadie.

We are Handmade in America: Our dream for Vegetabowls® is to grow our business while sticking to what we believe in. We are committed to and proud to be Handmade in America! We will never outsource our production overseas! We are makers, we love what we do, and we want to keep doing it. As we grow, we will hire more local people to grow with us, and provide jobs where it is really needed: at home.

We support local: We buy from our neighbors whenever we can. We shop the farmer’s market for produce and inspiration, we buy our clay and glazes down the street, and even our packing materials are sourced locally.

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    Our line is constantly evolving and expanding with each trip to the farmer’s market and each passing season. Vegetabowls® aims to promote local farming, healthy eating, and an appreciation for handmade functional house wares.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 9, 2017
Thanks for your interest in Vegetabowls! We make molds of actual fruits and vegetables and then slip-cast earthenware clay into the molds. All of our bowls and mugs are handmade and hand-painted with food safe glazes by Melanie & Justin Mckenney in Buffalo, NY. Our bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please convo me. Refunds or exchanges must be made within 5 days of receipt and the buyer will be responsible for the costs of shipping incurred.

If you have questions about an item, please ask before you purchase. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have! I generally respond to inquiries within 24 hours.
I accept PayPal and credit cards. Please note that selecting the e-check option in PayPal will delay the shipment of your order by 4 or more business days while the payment clears.

Payment is expected within 48 hours of purchase, after that unpaid items may be relisted. Items will not be shipped until payment is received. Failure to pay will result in a canceled transaction.
Vegetabowls are durable, but like all pottery they can break so I take great care when packaging and shipping them. Because they are fragile, you may choose to get insurance on your shipment. Just convo me and I will bill you for the extra cost. If an item is damaged in shipping and you did not get insurance, I am not obligated to replace the damaged item. If you do get insurance, you are responsible for making the claim with the USPS.

For international orders please be aware that customs and duty fees may apply in order to receive your goods. We are unable to tell exactly what these fees may be as it is determined by your specific country and government. We can not mark items as a gift to avoid these fees.

In stock items are shipped within 3 business days of placing the order. Items that are not in stock can take up to 2 weeks to create and ship. Please convo us if you need an item rushed.
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For wholesale orders, please convo us.