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These bowls are shaped around real fruits and vegetables

Ceramic bowls molded from real fruits and vegetables.
Justin Mckenney
Ceramic bowls molded from real fruits and vegetables.

The intricate details in Vegetabowls come from the real fruits and vegetables that inspire these handmade bowls. Artisans Melanie and Justin Mckenney mold the bowls around the actual produce, including cantaloupe, pineapple, and cabbage, to replicate the exact shapes and textures (small and medium $18 to $26; large about $60). They’re made with food-safe paints and glazes so the earthenware can be used for serving. The couple met when they were teachers at Diablo Glass School in Boston; Melanie Mckenney came up with these creations three years ago in a ceramics class she was teaching at a Lexington arts center. They now live and craft their bowls outside Buffalo N.Y. Their art pieces are a marriage of beauty and function. Available at Limited Editions, 1176 Walnut St., Newton Highlands, 617-965-5474; Wild Ruby Artisan Galleria, 969 Concord St., Framingham, 508- 875-7829; Denault Studios Gallery,
35 Nason St., Maynard,
978-274-2508; An Artful Touch, 5 Main St., Rockport, 978-546-7244, or go to
www.vegetabowls.com.

ANN TRIEGER KURLAND