Olive Us: Episode 13: Pottery Lesson

November 19, 2012

By Gabrielle.

The latest Olive Us episode features a pottery lesson from Master Potter, Joe Bennion in his studio at Horseshoe Mountain Pottery.

Friends, I have to tell you what a treat it was to make this episode. Joe is simply a delight and we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to get to spend an afternoon with him.

I didn’t have my big camera with me that day, but I took about a million photos with my phone. The pottery is so beautiful! While we were in his shop, we picked out a pie plate to take home as a souvenir. I wish I could get to his shop right now! His pottery would be wonderful as holiday gifts.


If you’d like to see the kids’ finished pottery, Joe posted a photo of the fired pieces on his blog. We can’t wait to visit again next summer to pick up our pottery and spend more time in Joe’s shop.

P.S. — Joe’s wife makes the salve I’m so crazy about. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Olive Us Newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of the Olive Us fun!

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1 aubry November 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

yay! i’ve been anxiously awaiting this episode since your summertime visit to joe’s studio. my bennion pride is beaming today!

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2 Design Mom November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Hive five for Bennion pride!

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3 Joe the Potter November 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

If you knew Aubrey you would be proud of her too. This little apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

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4 Gina November 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Pottery is my favorite! I need to get back into doing it. That was one of my favorite Valentine’s Day dates… my husband surprised me with a pottery lesson. :)

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5 Design Mom November 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

What a neat gift! I’ve never sat at a potter’s wheel but have always wanted to try. It’s mesmerizing to watch.

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6 Ann Marie November 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

love it! joe bennion is a relative of mine, and boy oh boy do i have a soft spot in my heart for his little family. so glad i came across this today.

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7 Katie November 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Oscar. (shhhh, you’re my favorite). In one breath, pride for his little, baby sister. In the next, “mine was pretty much the best. The tallest and the best.” So hilarious and heartfelt.

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8 mom in mendon November 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Wow. Super ceramics!

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9 Bradeigh November 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I have a few pieces by Joe Bennion! They are absolutely beautiful. My parents are huge fans and have dozens. Lucky kiddos who got to work with a master!

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10 KelliK November 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

What a great episode!

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11 juliagblair November 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I could smell and feel that marvelous stuff and I love the pottery! You all cleaned up so well afterwards. I know “Joe,, the potter” loved having you visit.

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12 Heidi November 19, 2012 at 7:01 pm

What a fun episode! Can I just say that your children are absolutely adorable – the shot of each of them putting on their aprons-loved it!

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13 Vera November 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm

So cute! I bet they had so much fun doing those. Really love your series :)

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14 Sara November 19, 2012 at 9:39 pm

What an amazing experience for your kids to get to have a lesson from such a talented potter!! They are all so sweet, but I have to admit Betty totally stole my heart with her excitement in this one :).

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15 Christina November 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

Wow! I *think* I took a pottery class from Joe Bennion many years ago at BYU. I think it was 1990? Is that possible? I LOVED that class. On the very first day, Bennion told us that we would pretty much spend the entire semester working on the wheel. It was wonderful.

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16 Jessa @ Shalom Sweet Home November 20, 2012 at 1:19 am

“A dog bowl for a mouse.” Hilarious! :) Looks like tons of fun!

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17 caroline November 20, 2012 at 6:05 am

Pretty much the best … hilarious Oscar !
Amaaazing … with Betty’s adorable voice !
June’ s apron :))
I love them all…

Special PS for Maud : Tu es très belle avec ce chignon ! :)

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18 tere November 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh, I just love the toilet! And June’s.

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19 Martha November 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

One of my favorite memories is taking our yearly summer trip to Spring City to visit Joe. My mom had some work connection with going, we went to see his artwork!

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20 Chrissi November 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Ralph is such a good sport that he still participates in these kind of things!

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21 Barbara Eliason December 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

We love Horseshoe Mt. Pottery, too. Every time any of the family come to Utah to visit, we make a trip to Spring City for pottery. Thanks for sharing your great video.

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