What to Expect 


Our summer program will run for two weeks, with a focus on throwing on the kickwheel. This program can be attended as a one week or two week session, with the first week being at the beginner level and the second week intended for those with some pottery experience. We’ll have a break from our regular program schedule on the weekend, which will include a workshop with some of the alumni from the original South Bear School. This 3-day workshop can also be attended as a standalone program. Payment options will be based on a sliding scale.  

 One Week: $150-250

Two Weeks: $375-475

3-Day weekend: $75

Please contact us if you are interested in learning about scholarships and other payment options such as work trade opportunities.  



8:00-10:00 a.m. Demo/workshop 

10:00 a.m. Morning Gathering 

11:00-12:00 Workshop continues 

12:00-1:00 Break 

1:00-4:00 p.m. Workshop continues 

7:00 p.m. Evening Gathering/Activity 

10:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Quiet Hours 


 Sunday    Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday   Thursday    Friday   Saturday 
  16 Alum Workshop  17 Week 1 Starts  18              19  Drawing Session 20                21           22 Alum Workshop
23 Alum Workshop  24 Week 2 Starts  25            26 Drawing Session 27 Nordic Fest 28 N. Fest 29 N. Fest


In previous iterations of South Bear School, Wednesday afternoons were spent working together on a group project. This project went towards the upkeep of the property; it may be helping in the garden, doing a clean-up task, or even creating a sculpture or walkway or something else fun. The goal is to put some of our energy into improving the space that we occupy on this land, to both express our appreciation for the land itself and to honor the past and future generations of humans experiencing it. This year, because we are only offering two weeks of School, we’ll step back a generation and honor the tradition of Pond Farm Pottery by having drawing in the afternoon on each Wednesday. Marguerite Wildenhain taught that observing the world and understanding the fundamentals of visual translation is an essential element in one’s artistic journey.

Campus Rules: 

Limit your use of cell phones and other electronic devices. No cell phones during demos and teachings.

 No illegal substances. No nicotine use in the presence of others or in community spaces. 

Caretaker’s cottage and other residential facilities are off limits to students unless accompanied by a resident or teacher. 

Only #1, #2 and TP in the potties! 

No throwing clay 

Please leave your pets at home. 

Please do not invite other people to our property without permission. 

Please respect fellow community members and spaces. All are expected to communicate clearly with compassion and empathy in mind.

What to Bring:

 If you plan to camp, please bring the necessary gear to do so. We offer primitive camping options in our woods with a portapotty available. There is always a chance for rain, so make sure you are prepared. Please bring clothing that you are okay with getting dirty; if you are working with clay it can stain clothes and will be difficult to remove. Bring a sturdy pair of shoes for the kickwheel. Sandals can work, but thin open-toed shoes like flip-flops are not recommended. Please bring your own food and cooler; there will be shared fire rings available for cooking, but you may also use other methods of cooking like a camp stove. There is a gas station about 10 minutes away where you can get ice. Water will be available on site, as well as a few electric outlets to charge a phone in the Barn. Bring a swimsuit if you’d like to splash in the creek. If you have your own tools (clay tools, paintbrushes, etc) please bring them, but we will have enough to share for each workshop if you don’t have them. It is also a good idea to bring a sketchbook or notebook of your preference. Some camp chairs and small tables are always good to have as well.