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.

res Studios sm.jpg

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.

Residents firing the nobirigama

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.

Ian Hazard-Bill.jpg

The Residency

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



Resident Director John Jessiman and his assistant run and maintain the studios, firings, and residency at Cub Creek. 



Karen Mahoney 2.jpg

2019 Residents

Rachel Pearlman Cub Creek Kiln.jpg

Rachel Pearlman Studio Assistant

Rachel was first introduced to clay in her sophomore year of high school in Kennett Square, PA. Expressing herself in 3D seemed to make more sense than anything else. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a BFA in Fine Arts in 2013, she moved to Philadelphia and was accepted into the Work Exchange program at The Clay Studio. In January 2015, Rachel joined the staff of TCS as an Education Assistant- Registrar. She also got a lot of experience teaching ceramics while in Philly by working for The Clay Studio as a teaching artist in workshops, private events and outreach program called The Claymobile. On her own, Rachel worked at a Senior Living home as the Ceramic Teacher for a few years. She participated in a few woodfirings with TCS at Chester Springs Studio and fell in love with the community aspect as well as the aesthetic achieved in these firings. Rachel draws inspiration from natural occurrences such as erosion, mountain ranges, and aerial views of the Earth while also looking in closely at the patterns and textures of leaves, flowers, and insects to make her work. Excited about the idea of recycling and reusing, she appreciates and includes the process of reclaiming in her work. The addition of aggregates and found materials from her travels increase the texture. Interested in time, layers, weathering and the like, a lot of her work also includes manipulations or carvings. Her work is both wheel thrown and hand built, and primarily functional but she is currently working on broadening her practice and producing more sculptural pieces.

Instagram: @pearlman_studios

CeCe Peters

Cecelia Peters
Cecelia Peters is a functional potter who received her BFA in Ceramics from Columbia College in Missouri. While in college Cecelia work-studied as a studio assistant, and, the summer after graduating, Cecelia worked as the Dining Room Manager at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Cecelia also works as a server and bartender and enjoys cooking and baking. She enjoys the rituals created by community around food, which helped to spark her interest in pottery and continue to give her inspiration. Cecelia grew up as a military brat, and her childhood memories and keepsakes from travel through Europe and the Middle East influence the surfaces of her pottery. Keepsakes such as baskets and Polish pottery and memories of timber-framed buildings and cobblestone streets are the sources for some of these patterns. Using handmade utilitarian pottery, in which she’s instilled her own memories and experiences, Cecelia endeavors to use her heritage to create heirlooms for others.

Instagram: @cecemakespots

Marc Jeannin

Marc Jeannin
Marc is an aspiring potter who has been in food service most of his life. Moving away from making what goes on the plate into making the plate itself, his work is focused around utilitarian wares with a playful twist. His experience in clay has been within working production pottery to teaching and displaying pottery at a mom and pops ceramic shop. He received his BA in Religious Studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas and is a current artist in residence at Cub Creek Foundation under the guidance of John Jessiman. At Cub Creek he plans to explore more sculptural forms, as well as involving an eclectic hint to his functional wares. His specialty is alternative firing methods including American Raku, Pit, and Saggar firings. At Cub Creek he aspires to continue his passion for alternative firing methods by learning the magic of wood firing.

Cub Creek Resident as of: June 2019

Instagram: @jeannin.marc

Michaela Bromberek

Michaela Bromberek
Michaela recently graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Throughout her college career she gained experience with ceramics through classes, alternative firings, as well as being the studio assistant for multiple semesters. Additionally, Michaela furthered her knowledge at Adamah Art Studios in Dodgeville,WI while being the summer studio assistant. As an artist she is motivated by the overwhelming need to put beautiful, yet functional pieces of ceramic art into our world. She strives to create works of art that can be incorporated into everyday life and make art easily obtainable to all. At Cub Creek she plans to focus on creating different forms of functional pottery, experiment with hand building, and deepen her understanding of the science behind the final results of a pot.

Cub Creek Resident as of: September 2019

Dallas Banks

Dallas Banks
Pewee Valley, Kentucky native Dallas Braden Banks recently graduated from Morehead State University(MSU) with a BA in ceramics along with a minor in photography. Dallas has fond memories of receiving simple figure drawing lessons from his grandmother growing up beginning his interest in Visual Art. His interest grew while exploring his creativity throughout early schooling which remained the same all the way up to high school. At the time he didn’t look at it like anything more than a hobby mainly focusing on playing football. After deciding to go to college for football and spending a semester with a Criminal Justice major, Banks’ took a deeper look into what he wanted to pursue forever. Knowing within that all he really enjoyed doing was bringing his creative ideas into the physical realm, Banks’ conclusively determined to become an Art Major. The next year Banks’ first class was 3-D foundations and while he became enthralled with 3-D media, he got discouraged by the wheel in Ceramics I the following semester. Instead he started focusing on Photography which he had developed a passion for in the mean time. Still intrigued by 3-D media, Banks’ took an independent study in Sculpture where he went all in on a large scale ceramic piece just to have it crumble while adding the final touches. Soon thereafter Banks’ overheard a critique in an advanced ceramics class, the professor was discussing the decisions a student had made in terms of function but also relating to the style in which the form was made. This way of discussing work made more sense to Banks’ than he had ever experienced, he realized then what it was he wanted to pursue. Banks’ has now been making pottery for a little under two years and looks to take full advantage of the opportunity to grow as a ceramic artist and take the next step as a resident at Cub Creek.

Cub Creek Resident as of: September 2019

Instagram: @dallases_chalices

Kiln shot.jpg

Additional Residents
Vani Macisaac


Past Residents


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