Like much of central Virginia, Cub Creek's property sits on several local clay deposits. While many local gardeners declare it to be nothing but a nuisance, the accessibility ov indigenous clay sources makes our program entirely unique. Locating, processing, and working with local materials encourages artists to develop a greater understanding of the technical, philosophical and aesthetic components of our field. Many residents take the time to experiment with clays dug on site - blending them with a variety of commercial materials and exploring their qualities through various firing methods.
Digging just beneath the topsoil layer behind the resident studio reveals a deposit of high iron clay. As it contains a high percentage of kyanite, this clay highly refractory and suitable for high temperature wood firing to 2300 degrees f.
Located several minutes away from the studio is a 'white' clay deposit found along a dried river bank. Much like the red clay, this source is suitable for high temperature firings due to its unique composition and character.