These ceramic owls by Washington, PA master ceramicist Yoko Sekino-Bové are incredibly popular. One of our delightful customers came in to buy more of Yoko’s work for her mother for this past Mother’s Day. She had given her mother one of Yoko’s bird sculptures as a gift before, and her mother was so excited to find the hole in the base of the bird. For practical purposes, the hole provides an escape for the hot air that may otherwise build-up and explode the ceramic work when it’s in the kiln. But this customer’s mother told her of a tradition of writing a wish on a piece of paper and stuffing it in the hole on the bottom of ceramic birds. Supposedly it helps the wish come true, or at the very least, keeps it safe.
We have all been very curious to know more about this quaint tradition ever since we learned about it, but our searches have been unsuccessful. Has anyone heard of this tradition? If so, please share with us.