Cub Creek Foundation

Residency program

The major focus of the Cub Creek residency is assisting emerging clay artists with the development and advancement of their careers. Our Director,  John Jessiman, taught 33 years at NYS University and found many talented students were developing an interest in clay late in their University tenure with limited avenues for advancement. Many other colleges also have had success creating interest with the ceramic arts but also leaving students needing additional support. After John left the University he, along with a few other clay artists, began creating a residency to provide an educational extension and needed support for emerging clay artists. Having worked directly with Dan Rhodes and Val Cushing as well as having extensive experience with wood, salt and high fire gas firing,  John created a Cub Creek handbook that covers important information regarding materials, firing process, glaze and slip formulas, as well as issues of historical and technical importance. Upon arrival each resident will receive a copy of the handbook. Often our Director and residents meet over dinner and discuss issues raised in the handbook as well as reviewing firing results, explaining and exploring technical, historic and aesthetic concerns. John believes emerging artists should have a rich and diverse understanding of the ceramic arts.

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The Studio

The foundation is located on a 100-acre historic farm that is half wood land and half meadows. The resident studio is 70’ x 40’ divided into 6 resident spaces. Each resident has appropriately a 20’ X 20’ personal space. Each space has an electric wheel, storage rack and tables. Cub Creek  also provides a private bedroom in a three-bedroom housing unit.

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The Facilities

Among our facilities are the following:

  • 500 Cu. Ft. Noborigama
  • 100 Cu. Ft. Anagama
  • 100 Cu. Ft. Gas kiln
  • two electric kilns
  • Soldner clay mixer
  • Electric wheels
  • Slab roller


The monthly fee is $575 and includes large studio space, private room in one of the fully equipped three - bedroom housing units and all utilities. Cub Creek does not charge for wood firing but gas and electric firing is charged at our cost. Clay materials are again charged at our cost. Cub Creek does not make any profit from our residents.

There are many part time jobs available for our residents in our community.

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The Residency

Residencies range from a 3-Month Summer Residency to 9-Month to 1-Year Residency. 

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Resident Director John Jessiman and his 2017-2018 assistant Ian Hazard-Bill run and maintain the studios, firings, and residency at Cub Creek. 



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2017 Residents

Cody Hilleboe sculpture

Cody Hilleboe

Cody was born and raised in Missoula, Montana, where he grew up spending much time photographing the beautiful outdoors.  After graduating school at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, he enrolled as a student at the University of Montana where is love for ceramic arts flourished.  While earning his BFA degree he was able to take part in a residency Medalta, in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Cody’s creative energy is powerfully influenced by place, experience, and emotion. 

Instagram: @chilleboe


Matthew Wheeler Ceramic Artist

Matthew Wheeler

Mathew Wheeler was raised in Oakland California and discovered his love for ceramics at Laney Community College. Mathew had the opportunity to take a woodfire workshop with Adam Field in Mendocino California, it was here that he fell in love with the process and results of woodfired ceramics. He was then drawn to Northern Arizona University by the diverse kiln yard they possessed where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. Mathew attended the Advanced Student Project Network at Red Lodge Clay Center.

Instagram: @mw_ceramics

Joey Núñez Joey Nunez sculpture

Joey Núñez

Joey was born in Queens, New York, where he and his family lived for a decade until settling in suburban Florida. He has always loved the feeling and responsiveness of clay. As a creative young boy he found entertainment in modeling his own imaginative heroic figurines with loose narratives based on action cartoons. Progressing from playdough to professional oil-based and water-based clays he still draws influence from idealized heroic male figures such as Michelangelo's classical marbles or colorful heroes from Dragon Ball Z. Joey began his ceramic sculpture education at Valencia College. After receiving his Associate of Arts Degree he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Florida.

Instagram: @joeynunezda3rd

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Jessie Taylor

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.

Instagram: @pottersdaughterstudio

Facebook: @pottersdaughterstudio


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Kirke Martin

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.

Instagram: @m4studios

Facebook: @m4studios



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Elizabeth McAdams

Influenced by a deep appreciation for nature and its inherent beauty, Elizabeth Hope McAdams creates forms out of clay thrown on the wheel.  She is a North Carolina native who grew up on her family’s farm in Efland, NC.  She enjoys drawing, painting, and working with clay.   She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012 with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History.  It is there that she developed a passion for clay and throwing on the wheel.  She continued to live in Wilmington, NC after graduating, working as a floral designer.  She continued to take classes at Orange Street Pottery community studio and was a member of the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild. 

Instagram:  @elizabethmcadamsart

Facebook:  @elizabethmcadamsart



Past Residents


Ashley Cahall
Carly Anderson
Lauryn Axelrod
Ian Hazard-Bill
Abby Heingartner
Seth Schrag
Elena Capousis
Ben Jordan
Maddy Small
Vicki Lynn Wilson


Simon Conrad
Maria Egan
Emily Franicola
Mackenzie Lenhart
Annalise Sonney
Becca Smith


Ian Jones
Cami Leisk
Jessica Kanaley      
Austin Wieland            
Abby Reczek             
Sarah Veak                 
Gabrielle Kan 


Barbara Anderaos          
Braxton Congrove        Lane Kaufmann           Kendra Sparks             Mitch Iburg


Tom Alward
Shasta Krueger
Johnathan Fitz
Jenny Hagar


David Bruce
David Mosbacher
Nora Crehan
Melisa Zimmerman


Dan Molyneux
Erin Root
Andrew Avakian
Jarod Gelormino
Jeremy Fineman
Ryan Hereth
Simone Dutertre
Catherine Babble


Jessica Martinkosky
John Williams


Shanna Flieegel             Richard Taylor
Hitomi Shibata
Takuro Shibata