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While we’re on the topic of cowboy boots and country livin’, I need to mention a couple of my favorite country folk. About 20 years ago my lovely spouse made a film called The Potter’s Meal, about Joe Bennion a potter and his family living in rural Utah. His wife and artist Lee Udall Bennion is spotlighted for a moment in the film but remains a bit mysterious. I have always been intrigued by her artwork and The Potter’s Meal left me wishing I had her style and creative mojo… and dreaming I could afford one of her paintings someday.
1995stillLifeStill life, 1995.

Lee BennionSome Still Want The Moon, 1991.

1991augustStillLifeAugust Still Life, 1991.

1987theBathThe Bath, 1987.

1991thePencilSharpenerThe Pencil Sharpener, 1991.

Lee Udall BennionSelf in Studio, 1983.

1992snowQueenSnow Queen, 1992.

So, finally a spotlight of Lee, made this year and just released on YouTube by my afore mentioned lovely spouse. She’s in her studio, speaking inspiring words of doing what makes you happy and living a rich full life- a topic I think we are all sensitive to.

Check it out and subscribe to The Talking Fly for a weekly dose of inspiration. And if we all beg, maybe he’ll get The Potter’s Meal tranferred from film to video for it’s 20th year anniversary.


  1. kalamitykelli

    February 16, 2013 at 4:41 am

    So THATS who that was – I watched it last week and shared it on my FB page – such a great story – always love the Talking Fly!

    1. NoelleOlpin

      February 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Do you know Lee’s work from before watching the video? Her work is so amazing, I wouldn’t be surprised if you were already familiar with it!

      1. kalamitykelli

        February 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

        I always watch your husband’s videos and yes, that’s where I saw it!

  2. valerie goates

    February 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    And if we all beg, maybe he’ll get The Potter’s Meal tranferred from film to video for it’s 20th year anniversary.

    yes, please. Watched it in college soon after it came out, before I was a potter myself.
    (found this searching for it on DVD)

    1. NoelleOlpin

      March 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

      I’ve put a good word in, and he’s working on getting The Potter’s Meal on his youtube channel,, perhaps he’s publish The Potter’s Meal in segments or all 20 min. together.
      Subscribe to the channel and harass him daily until he’s followed through!

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