This is a true story — It includes a chicken, a few other creatures, and a few very appropriate pieces of pottery….
First, some Pottery:
To kick off this story, I’m sharing a fun plate by Ron Philbeck, artist in North Carolina. He works in earthenware and slip, creating delightful drawings and critters on his pots — Happy rabbits, turtles, chickens, even rats. I certainly enjoy my ‘Chicken Plate’ — It’s perfect for a pasta, or a curry, or for starting a Chicken Story.
You can check out Ron’s Web Site/Blog — www.RonPhilbeckPottery.com
And now, THE STORY — Orville-the-Accidental-Rooster:
I’ve been spending many weekends at my farm in Wisconsin; my niece lives just down the road on another farm. She is the town veterinarian; her husband has a herd of cows. Family and friends had gathered at her farm — She was building a timber-frame garden shed. It was a big timber-raising, shed-raising party.
A good friend brought her dog along, a terrier named Divot. No one noticed when Divot-the-Terrier got loose and ran straight for the Chicken Barn. Suddenly there was a major commotion! Divot-the-Terrier chasing/terrorizing the Chickens — Barking, frantic clucking/screeching, feathers flying. Eventually, Divot-the-Terrier was caught, removed (and scolded).
As we checked things out a bit, we discovered a nearly-dead-looking Chicken outside the back of the barn. It was Orville-the-Accidental-Rooster — Flat on his back in the mud, helpless, chicken-gasping. Orville was supposed be a Hen, but accidentally, he turned out to be a Rooster. He looked nearly dead.
The horses came wandering up. Grace-the-Horse walked over to Orville-the-Rooster, looked down and said, “Hey, buddy, what’s the matter? You don’t look so good.” Orville gasped, barely audible. We realized that Orville was still alive — He was rescued, placed in a dark corner of the barn full of soft hay.
Finally, Sluggo-the-Cat woke up and said, “Oh yawn, what’s the fuss all about?”
A week later, Orville-the-Rooster was nearly recovered — Minus his tail feathers.
And now, a few months later, even his tail feathers (and his ego) have grown back. But he’s still an ‘accidental’ Rooster.
And that’s THE CHICKEN STORY!
And now, more Pottery:
Finally, I must include an amazing bowl — A Chicken Bowl made by Minnesota artist, Mike Norman. Mike works with low-fire clay, creating both sculptural and functional creature-pieces — Elephants, pelicans, bears, more. So imaginative, amusing, and at the same time, thought-provoking.
I think this chicken, with it’s feet straight up in the air, and its look of puzzled determination, is a perfect way to wrap up this story!!
Hope everyone enjoyed The Chicken Story (and the Pottery)!