2024 Residency Application

Associated Residency Program

The Archie Bray Foundation is actively committed to promoting, celebrating, and sustaining the ceramic arts through the residency program, education, gallery, ceramic materials and technology, and community engagement on a local, national, and international scale. In the words of Archie himself, The Bray makes available, “for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work”.

Through summer and long-term studio experiences, The Bray Resident Artist Program offers an unprecedented opportunity to work within a community of global artists actively creating new work. At The Bray, artists from around the world with a vast range of experiences and diverse aesthetic approaches, cultures and perspectives come together.

Residents of The Bray have the opportunity to be in a community with other makers to share discoveries, frustrations and triumphs, and work together over an extended period of time. Studio experiences at The Bray are as varied and unique as the individuals involved.

The Resident Program establishes life-long friendships and connections that open new paths, develop careers, and change lives.

Residency Length
1 year - 2 years
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Teach in studio
Lead workshop for the public
Lead a skill share
Accessible Housing
Meals Provided
Residents have access to shared kitchen
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Shared Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Ceramics Workspace
Electric Wheels
Slab Roller
Clay Mixers
Plaster Room
Raku Kiln
Electric Kiln
Gas Kiln
Bench Grinder
Well-ventilated Spray Room
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
No housing provided
Additional Eligibility Information
  •  20 digital images of your recent work submitted as .jpgs     
        including title of piece, year made, materials and
        dimensions. Your image files should be sized no
        larger than 1800 x 1800 pixels at 72 dpi (approximately     
        6” x 6” at 300 dpi)
  • Letter of intent
  • Artist statement
  • Résumé/CV
  • Contact information of three references who can speak
        to your qualifications as a potential resident.
        Please do not send letters of reference.


Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
Fee Details

Residents are responsible for their own travel, housing and living expenses.

  • There is no on-site housing for long-term or short-term residents and residents are expected to make their own travel and living arrangements.
  • Affordable housing can be difficult to find in Helena; please reach out to us if you need assistance:
    Apartments rent for $750 and up
    Rooms in private homes start at about $450.
  • Most residents find it necessary to have a car.
  • Residents are responsible for the cost of all materials and firing at The Bray and organizing additional assistance.
  • Costs for firings are kept as low as possible, and are dependent on the kiln size and firing temperature.
  • Fees range from $4 for a small electric test kiln to up to $500 for a six-day anagama wood kiln firing.
  • Materials can be purchased at the Bray's Clay Business at discounted prices.
  • Residents are responsible for hiring assistants to move larger works, build crates and other tasks related to specific on-site needs.
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application