What defines a Bray residency and the reasons for doing
one turn out to be as varied and unique as the individuals involved.
Some artists come to develop a portfolio for graduate school,
some use their residency as a transition from school to establishing
their own studio and others see it as a chance to escape from
daily routine and recharge their creative enthusiasm. For all
artists, it is a period of time to focus intensely on their work,
explore new ideas and techniques, and push their work to new
Backrow (L to R): Adam Field, Tom Jaszczak, Steven Young Lee
Front (L to R): Chris Dufala, Giselle Hicks, Brooks Oliver, Bill Wilkey, Heesoo Lee, Joanna Powell, John Souter, Zemer Peled
Probably the most important reason for coming to the Bray
is the opportunity to work within a community of artists actively
creating art. At the Bray, artists from around the world with
a vast range of experiences and diverse aesthetic approaches,
cultures and perspectives come together. Sharing discoveries,
frustrations and triumphs, and working together over an extended
period of time establishes friendships and connections that
open new paths, develop careers, and change lives.
Residencies range from a few months (short-term) to up to
two years (long-term). New residents are chosen once a year
in March by the Bray's director and a rotating jury of two
other ceramic artists. The selections are based on the quality
of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity of the prospective
group in terms of work, background, and stage of career development.
The diversity of the group is very important; an undergraduate
doing figurative sculpture may be working next to a retired
professor making functional pots, and each will learn from
and teach the other.