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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2018 Residents

Silvia Rigozzi ceramics

Silvia Rigozzi

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Silvia has a background in linguistic and literature studies. Her passion for human services guided her to work with people with disabilities, the elderly and the homeless through horticultural therapy, equine therapy and art therapy. This led her to Rhode Island School of Design for a master’s degree in Art Education where she discovered her love for clay and her mystical attraction to the unpredictability and variety of effects of woodfire. For her, working with clay is a meditative ritual where her whole history finds unity. Ceramics is a way to record the passing of time, to make the journey visible. Silvia enjoyes drawing, film photography and woodcut printmaking.

Instagram: @s.rigozzi


Cecelia Peters ceramics

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


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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


Lauren Visokay

Lauren Visokay

Lauren Visokay’s ceramic work revolves around geology and natural earth processes. Her work is influenced by her infatuation with rocks and minerals as a child, and by her time receiving a Bachelor of Science in Geology from The College of William & Mary. During her studies there, she was fortunate to travel often to study natural landscapes, including the canyons and mesas of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, the varied ecosystems in California, and even the rugged mountains of Northern Oman. Clay and ceramic materials are taken directly from the earth, and thus ceramics mimics and reflect many dynamic earth processes. Like clay, rocks break, bend, stretch, crack apart, fold, and change composition when exposed to intense heat and pressure. Traveling to witness and study the recorded evidence of these processes has helped shape Lauren’s perspective as a ceramic artist. Both rocks and handmade ceramics contain clues at the macro and micro scale that tell the story of their creation and deformation. As an artist and geologist, Lauren combines her love for clay and geology by making pots that embrace the unpredictable qualities of earth affected by heat, pressure, and time 

Instagram:  @visokayisokay



Past Residents


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