New 2021 Fiona Ornament to Be Released This Weekend by Rookwood Pottery

The super adorable "Huggable Hippo Fiona" ornament will be available online and at Rookwood's flagship OTR shop starting Oct. 16.

click to enlarge Huggable Hippo Fiona ornament - PHOTO: PROVIDED BY ROOKWOOD POTTERY
Photo: Provided by Rookwood Pottery
Huggable Hippo Fiona ornament

If your holidays are in need of a dose of 1,600-pound cuteness this year, Rookwood Pottery is ready to release their 2021 Fiona ornament. 

Since 2017, Rookwood has been crafting a seasonal tribute to everyone's favorite hippo, when Rookwood Art Director Mary Guanciale created a disc featuring Fiona on the front and the story of her birth and struggle to survive on the back. (Fiona was born six weeks premature at the Cincinnati Zoo in January 2017. No one knew if she would live.)

This year's tribute is the "Huggable Hippo Fiona" ornament, designed by Rookwood artist Gary Simon. According to Rookwood, the hand-carved figural art "celebrates the happiness she has brought to the world, along with her fans and caretakers who have watched her grow along the way."

The hanging ornament features a smiling Fiona squeezing her own little hippo stuffed animal.

"When I was designing this ornament, I thought everyone could use a warm hug from our favorite hippo after all that's happened these past couple of years," says Simon in a release.

Ornaments will be available at rookwood.com and at Rookwood’s flagship store in Over-the-Rhine (1920 Race St.) starting Saturday, Oct. 16. And — as the ornaments always have — a portion of proceeds (20%) will go to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Last year's ornament was a "Frolicking Fiona," which also saw artist Simon at the helm. 

For more information, visit rookwood.com. And to see Fiona in person — along with her mom Bibi and Bibi's new boyfriend, Tucker — visit the Cincinnati Zoo.


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