Starting winter off with two new residents
Cub Creek is filling out the studios with the addition of 2 new residents. Kirke Martin arrived early October 2017 and Jessie Taylor began her residency December 1, 2017.
Jessie’s curiosity in clay began at the early age of 6 when her dad built a pottery studio and wood kiln at their home in ellijay, georgia. Over the years, jessie pursued her passion for pottery by taking ceramics courses at appalachian state university and working in a quaint home studio where she also built and fired a small wood kiln. In 2016, jessie spent several months further developing her understanding of clay and wood firing apprenticing her father, lee taylor, at buffalo creek pottery in lexington, virginia. Jessie’s work is a reminder of her appreciation for the natural world, of the creative and artistic tradition in which she was raised, and of her unique path for expression.
A native of nashville, tennessee kirke has 26 years of experience studying, teaching, and professionally producing ceramics and building kilns. He has worked in ceramics studios throughout the united states and the united kingdom. He first discovered ceramics while still a teenager at the cranbrook kingswood school in bloomfield hills, mi. Afterwards, kirke received his bfa with a concentration in ceramics from the appalachian center for crafts, tennessee technological university. Then he supplemented his education and professional formation with an apprenticeship with john glick and by working in a studio at micki schloessingk’s bridge pottery in south wales. He established his m4 studios in rock hall, maryland in 2002, and moved to keedysville in 2004, and currently has a second studio at the cub creek foundation at appomattox, va.