Grand Canyon Expedition Announced

October 15th, 2012

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Join us September 2014 for the trip of a lifetime in the Grand Canyon.

September 17th, 2012

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Lee and I are planning a trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon begining September 24 and ending October 11 of 2014. We would like to invite you to join us if you are able. We are organizing the trip through Tour West, a licensed Grand Canyon outfitter. We plan to run for eighteen days from Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek, a journey of 226 miles. We will travel in 18′ oar-powered inflatable rafts. The cost of the trip is about $5000 which includes all services on the river and transportation back to Flagstaff from the take out at Diamond Creek.
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We have been taking river trips through the Grand Canyon since 1992. Joe who works as a river guide has completed 48 such trips and Lee well over twenty.
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An oar-powered rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is the ultimate and most sought-after white water adventure in North America. Other rivers may offer comparable excitement, solitude and wonder, but in much smaller doses. No other river allows you to run its length for two weeks, shedding the inessential trappings of civilization, like so much dry skin, as you float past some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet.
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The Grand Canyon is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the world, but relatively few people see its glory from the bottom up, or experience its meandering as intimately as in an oar-powered boat, which puts you closer to the water than larger, motor-driven craft.
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If you watched Ken Burns PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” then you will want to come see this premier park as few get to see it.
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If you decide to join us on this trip, expect to be challenged and for your life to be changed. You may forget what the walls of your office look like, or what it’s like to wake to the sound of an alarm. You’ll wake instead to the sound of a cheerful guide calling “Coffee” and serving breakfast at dawn.
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Getting on the water early allows us to make miles in the cool and calm of the morning. We stop frequently to visit side canyons with deep narrow walls, waterfalls and swimming holes, hanging fern gardens, natural chapels and concert halls. There is ample time for hiking, swimming and lizarding on flat rocks in the sun. Lunch is served on beaches or in side canyons, wherever we can find shade. We like to get into camp early to allow time for each participant to find some solitude, and so the crew can prepare wholesome and tasty dinners. If you choose to join us on this trip, expect a degree of renewal far more profound than what you typically experience while on vacation.
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It is hard to convey second hand just how wonderful this place is.
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Pack some clothes and a good book and join us for a truly life altering experience.
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Dream.
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Shared solitude.
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Deep relaxation.
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Sounds that have been happening nonstop for millennia.
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If you are interested in joining us on this journey, please contact Joe or Lee as soon as possible. 435-462-2708 or joe@joethepotter.com We will be happy to answer your questions. Space is limited. We are asking a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place on the trip at this point.

Cowboy Poetry and Music this weekend in Spring City

September 5th, 2012

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Two Old Mormons Talk About politics and Faith.

September 4th, 2012

Studio Tour pots and the OLive Us trailer are out.

August 31st, 2012

The firing came out fairly well. There were no major bad pot and a few that really look good. Here is a sampling.
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These are the pots made by the kids from Olive Us. The video is due out this fall. Here is a trailer for season 2 which our piece is part of.

Olive Us Season 2 Trailer from Olive Us on Vimeo.

Here are my pots.
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Studio Tour Saturday.

August 30th, 2012

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Lee and I returned from the river (Grand Canyon 12 days) on Tuesday. I fired the wood kiln yesterday on about 4.5 hours sleep. There will be lots of new pots for the studio tour event. We will both be in our studios Saturday and hope to see you.

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Making simple round things with soil.

August 2nd, 2012

Today’s trimming of yesterday’s throwing.
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In addition to these trimmed pots there were many more thrown.

Fresh Clay.

August 1st, 2012

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There is nothing like fresh clay, newly formed into a vessel and still sitting on the wheel waiting transfer to a board. When I fire I am looking for anything that helps save some of that beauty.

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The day ended well.

My hands are in the clay, my head is in the river.

July 30th, 2012

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I’ve got the river calling. I’ll head out on August 14 right after I fire again. Lee is going with me. It will be a two week Grand Canyon Trip. Meanwhile I’m finishing up throwing for that firing.

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Look Unto the Rock Whence Ye Are Hewn.

July 23rd, 2012


An interview with my cousin Hal Eyring about Pioneer Day observances which will be held tomorrow. Here is a short autobiographical sketch by my great great grandfather John Bennion