Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Boutros, Boutros, and Ghali

Our original six chickens were named things like 'mr. puff puff', 'little yellow poof', 'fluffy', and 'happy'. That was back when we took turns naming the chickens; each child named two and we parents named one each. (*That was before Mick, aka mr.crabby, lost his naming privileges by naming his 'dinner'.) We moved on to naming them after Secretary Generals of the United Nations. After all, who could pass up a name like Boutros Boutros Ghali? That was enough for three chickens all by itself. And then there were U Thant, Dag Hammarskjold, Trygve Lie, Kofi Annan, and now, Ban Ki Moon! But I don't get to use Ban Ki Moon (enough for three again!) because Tawanda Faye's chicken-less friends want to name them.
The chicks were so embarrassed when they heard their names they ran for cover:
Witness Gregory III, Gregor, and Tyrone. Yes, they are blushing. But they are loving their new jungle-like habitat; transitional housing before joining the flock.
I have chickens on the brain. Here are some new chicken-esque pieces I'm working on:
Handbuilt slab dinner and salad plate in blue & white (bisqued, waiting for glaze).
This chicken will be black and white after the glaze firing. But I'll probably splash some color on her... red-orange? yellow?

Flying peace chicken.
Chicken negotiators.
New earthenware large dish; glaze colors= beeswax with evergreen and zinnia on top.
If you city slickers still long for your own flock, these little fabric darlings can be yours from Susan Havens-Morris at Middleburg.
Or these paper mache chicks, also from Middleburg:
They are made from 100% recycled newspaper, water and a biodegradable binder.

Now try to pronounce
Trygve Lie. Seriously, I have no idea...


  1. I heart all of your sweet chickens!

  2. Thank you Mrs. French!
    I am kind of excited to see how my drawings (oh, i almost called them 'chicken scratchings', ha) look in black instead of blue. And with real color, not simply blue wash.

  3. It's pronounced Trig-vuh Lee (with a little roll on the 'r'). Don't thank me, thank Wikipedia.

    I also love the names. My gf named her cat Boutros Boutros Ghali, too, but we just called him The Dirty Bird (I have no idea why).

    Your chicken designs are amazing! I lovelovelove the chicken negotiators.

  4. Oh, I love those new bowls! chickens!!! I miss having chickens!

  5. Ha! A neighbor of a good friend named her kittens Boutros Boutros. It never failed to make us laugh.

  6. Hi Barb,
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I really like these chickens...all of them...they would look great on my kitchen counter or bookshelves!


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