South Bear School to teach pottery on the kick wheel during summer program

For two weeks in July, South Bear School in rural Decorah will be re-opening its doors for students to join an intensive pottery workshop. South Bear School adheres to a ceramics tradition passed down from the European Guild System to the Bauhaus, to Pond Farm Pottery in California, to South Bear School.

Work and learning are based primarily on demonstrations, observation, and practice on the kickwheel. Quality one-on-one and group instruction will be provided by various alumni from the first iteration of South Bear School (1970-1987). Camp on the property at no extra cost for the full retreat experience, or commute from the nearby area.

Registration for the program opened April 15 and can be found on the school’s website, The program will run from July 15 through July 27, and participants can sign up for a one-week or two-week workshop, or join for just the weekend (July 20-21). For additional information, contact the school by emailing, or sign up for an e-newsletter which can be found on the Contact page of the school website mentioned above.