Administration and Programs
Steven Young Lee served as the Resident Artist Director of the Bray for 15 years and is currently the Director Emeritus and Special Projects Manager. Lee has maintained an active studio practice and has lectured extensively in North America and Asia. In the Fall of 2016 he was one of four artists featured as part of the Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, Korea, and many public and private collections. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Helena with his wife, Lisa and their two children Gavin and Florence.
Brad Robinson enjoys learning and nurturing organizational processes, refining systems, and helping people to work to their potential. He believes that this approach enhances the staff, the organization, and its mission. Since 1993, Robinson has founded or managed both for- and nonprofit organizations in Montana. He has been with The Bray since 2014.
Allison Rowland knew she wanted to work at The Bray when she moved to Helenain 2016 and brought her daughter to a clay class. She loves reading science fiction, and biking to work in warm weather. Her favorite part of working at The Bray is getting to know and support all the amazing resident artists.
Originally from Helena, Ryli has been visiting The Bray since childhood, taking classes and exploring the grounds. With a formal education in Digital Technology & Culture, Fine Arts, and Anthropology combined with over a decade of accounting experience, Ryli brings with her an understanding of the important relationship between creative and analytical thinking. When not working, Ryli can be found outdoors with her family, appreciating Montana’s landscape & recreational opportunities.
Alison Dawson is passionate about supporting the arts and creating opportunities for engagement, collaboration and artist-led projects. Over the past two decades, Dawson’s fundraising career has centered on the visual arts including transformational campaigns at major museums and art schools. When not writing grants to support The Bray and the artists we serve, she loves being among tall trees with her husband, and their two young kids.
Teresa Ambaugh has been fundraising in the Development Office at The Bray for over 20 years. She is passionate about supporting artists and her work at The Bray helps to give the residents artists the time and tools they can use to thrive in their careers.
Gallery and Exhibitions
Maura Wright, a former Bray resident and active ceramic artist, holds a Master of Fine Arts from NYSCC at Alfred University. Her hand built vessels and sculptures embrace decoration and the expressive potential of clay as material.
As an Artist herself, Amy Miller is passionate about her work in the Arts and the Community. With a BFA in Visual Communications, Majoring in Fine Art and Graphic Design. Miller has over a decade of experience promoting, showcasing and supporting artists and their work.
Michaela Bromberek is very passionate about the ceramic arts and is proud to work at the Bray. She holds a psychology degree but has always had a deep love of the arts. Michaela strives to bring her woodfired utilitarian forms into the simplest of moments and spaces.
Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Daniela is an avid supporter of The Bray and has been volunteering for nearly 15 years. As a ceramic artist for over 25 years, she is passionate about learning new techniques, developing glazes, and has taken countless classes and workshops at The Bray.
Education and Research
As an avid believer in the power of education, Stephanie Sequin has identified as an artist-educator since the beginning of her career. Stephanie received her MFA from Pennsylvania State University, BFA from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and has taught for Pennsylvania State University, Colorado Mountain College, and Western New Mexico University, among many community based studios.
Ben Carter is a studio potter, educator, and podcast producer based in New Jersey. In 2021 he joined The Bray staff to work on The Brickyard Network, where he produces Clay in Color, For Flux Sake, The Kiln Sitters, Trade Secret and other podcasts developed for the network.
Communications and Marketing
Ginger Dunnill advocates for communication strategies that insist on intersection and inclusivity to de-center privilege in the arts. Over the past two decades Dunnill has produced numerous successful campaigns for social engagement projects, community programs and public exhibitions globally. As a practicing multidisciplinary artist, Dunnill is the founder of Broken Boxes Podcast and has exhibited internationally including at Saatchi Gallery in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Amanda Wilkey is a professional photographer and came to The Bray in 2014 when her husband, Bill, became a long-term fellow. She especially appreciates the community aspect of The Bray and can typically be found in her office with a friendly smile. Amanda enjoys quality family time, hosting game nights, gardening and going on adventures.
Facilities and Grounds
As a practicing studio artist and former Bray resident, Perry Haas has an extensive background to help the residents excel during their time at The Bray. Within his own practice, Haas is inspired by the mountains and streams of the landscape that surrounds him in Montana.
Chuck Aydlett has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University (’94-‘97), St. Cloud
State University (’97-’98), and Winona State University (’00-’09). He currently lives and
maintains a studio in Helena, MT where he manages the Clay Business at the Archie
Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.
Jon Bashioum is an active studio artist and holds an M.F.A. from Montana State University. Throughout his professional development as a ceramicist, Bashioum has advanced his knowledge on operations for woodfired kilns and other technical processes in the ceramic arts.
A working potter and lover of technical ceramic information, Todd Pentico has been answering all types of technical questions at the Bray since 2015. Pentico holds an MFA in ceramics from University of Arkansas School of Art. He enjoys working with artists at The Bray, and its location in Montana feeds his lifelong obsession with trout fishing.
Ben Shane is a former mechanic with a master’s degree in creative writing. Ben’s YouTube channel, Tinker & Think, explores the value of both manual and cerebral endeavors.
Bray Clay Assistants
Bill Wilkey received his MFA from the University of Missouri in 2014 and his
BFA from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Bill was a long-term resident artist at The Bray and continues to make work in his home studio.