Meet The Bray’s new director Rebecca Harvey

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

“What happened here blew up the world,” said Rebecca Harvey, the new executive director at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.

What happens next could prove just as powerful.

She is convinced that whatever happens next, it will bubble up from within The Bray.

Founded in 1951 by Helena brickmaker and arts patron Archie Bray, Sr., The Bray has become an internationally acclaimed center for ceramic arts.

It’s attracted most of the top ceramic artists in the world at least sometime during their career, either as a resident artist or a visiting instructor.

“I was always so interested in the stuff of the world,” Harvey said of how she found her passion for ceramic arts.

Playing with mud and sticks as a kid in Ohio was one of her fond memories of tactilely exploring the world around her.

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After a disappointing short stint in college studying pre-med and pre-law, she realized “this is not what I want to do” and bailed.

While working at a production pottery, she discovered that she really loved working with clay, and shovels and “the big muscle stuff.”

“Ceramics is so

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