Sarasota, Florida

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Last updated on Dec 27, 2020

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Coconut Bowl


Orange Bowl


Lime Bowl


Pineapple Bowl


Grapefruit Bowl


Acorn Squash Mug


Lemon Bowl


Grapefruit Bowl


Cantaloupe Mug


Pumpkin Mug


Cabbage Plate


Melanie and Justin Mckenney

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Melanie and Justin Mckenney


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About vegetabowls

Sales 5,268
On Etsy since 2010

Functional pottery molded from real fruits and vegetables!

Vegetabowls® began 10 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 children, Lyla and Reed, and 2 rescue dogs, Sadie and Charlie.

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.

Shop members

  • Melanie & Justin Mckenney


    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 May 12, 2020
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 Sarasota, FL. Our bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
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.
Additional policies and FAQs
For wholesale orders, please convo us.