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.
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.
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.
Residencies range from a 3-Month Summer Residency to 9-Month to 1-Year Residency.
Resident Director John Jessiman and his 2017-2018 assistant Ian Hazard-Bill run and maintain the studios, firings, and residency at Cub Creek.