Cub Creek Foundation

Welcome to Cub Creek Foundation

A Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

residency programs, visiting artists, workshops, on-site critiques and collaborative networking


History and mission

John Jessiman, Cub Creek Foundation founder and Director, left teaching after 33 years due to the Universities lack of funding and commitment to the arts.  After a year - long search, he found a 100 - acre historic plantation in central VA and began planning another venture. The seeds for Cub Creek were sown in 1976 when John taught a summer program at Archie Bray Foundation. There he had a small group of highly talented and committed students that in a short time with intensive work, made great progress. This became the vision for Cub Creek. After moving,  John met with others that shared this vision and Cub Creek Foundation was formed.

Although Cub Creek is committed to bringing a variety of creative programs to our region, our most important focus is assisting emerging artists in the development of their careers. Many University and College students develop an interest in the ceramic arts late in their tenure and with other imposing academic requirements have limited experience and are left with few options. The Cub Creek studios are open 24/7 allowing our residents to fully immerse in their development.  At the entry of our program residents are given a copy of our studio handbook which covers many technical issues, firing information, glaze and slip recipes and other important information. Often the residents meet with our director over dinner with discussions related to issues in the handbook and from their studio work.


What's Happening at The Creek

The fall workshop was October 14-15, 2017. -Photo Courtesy of Jason Hess

The fall workshop was October 14-15, 2017. -Photo Courtesy of Jason Hess

Fall Workshop

Thank you to everyone who came out to out 2017 Jason Hess workshop. We enjoyed seeing how Jason makes his work, learning new techniques, hearing stories from Jason Hess and John Jessiman as well as phenomenal food and fellowship with old and new friends.

Jason Hess teaches ceramics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He has been an avid wood firer for over 17 years. His artwork has been featured in over 125 exhibitions worldwide and he has participated in artist residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation and Red Lodge Clay Center, in Montana, and The Pottery Workshop, in Jingdezhen China. Jason Has an MFA from Utah State University.