Administration and Programs
Rebecca Harvey received her MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has received international recognition for her artistic practice, including residencies in Dresden, Germany; Uppsala, Sweden; Jingdezhen, China; and Olafsfjordur, Iceland.
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.
Sunshine Cobb, (pronouns she/they) As a studio artist living in Helena ,MT she specializes in handmade functional pottery. She frequently travels (online these days) the country as an invited lecturing and demonstrating artist. They are considered an important contemporary functional potter, hailed in both academic and commercial circles, and is consistently featured in art exhibitions throughout the country. With a strong social media following and online media presence, she represents an innovator in online business models in the ever-changing ceramics field and a leading advocate for functional art in modern living. She has also authored two books “Mastering Hand Building” and “ A Beginners Guide to Hand Building” by Voyager Press.
In 2001, Lisa “asked Jeeves” what to do when visiting Helena, Montana; she has been a fan of The Bray ever since. After a 15-year stint with an Indigenous rights organization, she rejoined The Bray’s staff in 2023 and is happy to support the efforts to maintain “a fine place to work” and build a more diverse and inclusive ceramic arts community.
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.
Tracy Cosgrove is a longtime supporter of arts and social justice organizations as both a professional and a volunteer. She spent 10 years in financial leadership at the Missoula Art Museum, and prior to that was the COO at Forward Montana. She has served on the boards of nonprofits at the state, regional, and national level, including as treasurer of Montana Conservation Voters and the Seattle-based Social Justice Fund, and as chair of the YWCA USA in Washington, D.C. and the Minnesota Women’s Foundation. She currently serves as the board treasurer of the Georgia-based Jeannette Rankin Foundation, which provides non-traditional women students with post-secondary education scholarships. She is passionate about building robust business models for mission-driven work and truly believes that art saves lives.
Prior to joining The Bray, Kelly was the Executive Director of ExplorationWorks Science Center in Helena, MT for 7 years. She brings over 20 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management. Past work experience includes the Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, and the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Kelly holds a BFA in Theatre and finds The Bray to be the ultimate “stage” for creativity and collaboration.
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.
Communications and Marketing
Combining an adventurous spirit with a clear voice, Amanda Wilkey guides the Bray’s communications with strategic purpose. She came to the Bray in 2014 when her husband, Bill, became a long-term resident artist. Appreciation for the community aspect of the Bray fuels her creativity and she can typically be found in her office with a friendly smile. Amanda seeks balance in the mountains, forests, and waterways. By immersing herself in the natural world, she refreshes her perspective and brings fresh energy to her work.
Exhibitions & Events, Galleries
Jason Bige Burnett
Jason Bige Burnett received his BFA in Ceramics/Printmaking at Western Kentucky University. As an artist and administrator at various non-profit craft organizations such as Penland School of Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a Long Term Residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. Burnett has over a decade of experience involving event coordination, program planning, and fundraising. When not in the office he is found either behind a karaoke mic, brainstorming ways for creative collaborations, and lifting others up!
Education and Engagement
As an avid believer in the power of education, Stephanie Seguin 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.
Jake is a studio artist and educator who makes pots and vessels for domestic spaces. He grew up in Helena and returned here in 2023 after completing his MFA at Alfred University. He has nearly a decade of experience working for artists and teaching in studios and schools around the country and enjoys collaborative problem solving to help people make their best work.
Facilities and Grounds
Perry has been working in clay since 2003. He’s been a resident artist in Denmark at Guldageraard, The Bray, Clay Studio of Missoula and Red Lodge Clay Center. He is inspired by the mountains and streams of the landscape that’s surrounds him in Montana. Perry lives and works out of his home studio in Clancy, 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.
Bray Clay Business
David has a BFA in ceramics from Utah State University and a MFA from Montana State University. He fell in love with Helena and the Bray back in 2007 when he was a resident artist. It was then that he began to specialize in using local materials to make his work. Today he is enjoying exploring woodworking during his studio time.
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.
Cole Collier received his BA in Art with an emphasis in Ceramics from the University of Southern Indiana. With a diverse background in technology, education and ceramics, he currently works in multiple capacities across The Bray. His love of all things clay began in the kitchen and in his work continues to explore the connections between utilitarian tableware and the rituals that surround the preparation and presentation of a shared meal.
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.
Joshua began his ceramics career at the University of Alaska Southeast. After graduation, Joshua moved to Montana where he worked at Jmacs Pottery. With experience in production pottery, teaching classes, studio maintenance, and retail pottery sales, he is an asset to the Bray Clay Business.
Austin Riddle’s pots are made as companions for you and your home. A vase for your table, full of freshly picked flowers as you and your partner eat breakfast and plan your day’s activities. Large platters and compartment trays to present home-cooked meals with friends on a warm summer evening. Whiskey sippers that nestle in warm hands, topped off as needed from a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels.
Austin Riddle recently received his MFA in ceramics at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He received his BFA in ceramics at the University of Utah in 2016. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, The Bright Angle in Asheville. North Carolina, and at Art Center West in Roswell, Georgia. He was awarded emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly in 2019 and has exhibited his work all over the United States.
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.