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Archie Bray Foundation

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Address: 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
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+1 406-443-3502
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Bray) is a nonprofit,...

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Bray) is a nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana. Founded in 1951 on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company, the Bray was the first artist residency program in the United States devoted solely to ceramics. For over sixty years ceramic artists from around the world have come to the Bray to make artwork, share experiences and explore new ideas. The Bray also offers community ceramics classes for adults and children, exhibitions and special events throughout the year as well as specialized workshops in ceramics. The Bray’s facilities include year-round and seasonal artist studios, a community ceramics studio, sales gallery, rotating exhibition spaces, kiln facilities, and a retail ceramic supply business. The 26 acre grounds also display site-specific sculpture and artwork left by past resident artists.Galleries and grounds are open and free to the public throughout the year for the exhibition and sale of artwork by resident artists. The Sales Gallery is open Monday–Saturday from 10 am–5 pm and Sunday from 1–5 pm. A self-guided walking tour of the grounds is available anytime during daylight hours. Guided tours for larger groups are available by appointment. The Bray is located at 2915 Country Club Ave., just 1/3 mile West of Spring Meadow Lake.

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The birthplace of studio ceramics

Plan on spending several hours wandering the grounds and taking in all the art. Meet some of the best artists from around the globe. Learn how former Bray residents have made... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Plan on spending several hours wandering the grounds and taking in all the art. Meet some of the best artists from around the globe. Learn how former Bray residents have made their mark on modern ceramic arts. Browse the gift shop and take home a one-of-a-kind unique art piece.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Whenever I have any family visit me in Helena, I always take them here. It's a unique experience seeing all of the artwork. I highly recommend coming here and looking at all of the artwork.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

In the world of ceramic artists, this place is reknowned and with good reason. The site is just out of town and situated on several acres. There are various buildings and studios, but the grounds themselves are fascinating as they are filled with reject wiorks accumulated over the years. The property has taken on the character of an archaeological site.

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Sun City, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

What a place! The grounds are filled with pottery and bricks from yesterday. The gallery had student's work which is mostly for sale. The staff very very friendly and knew the answers to all our questions. A fascinating slice of history still alive today.

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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We dropped by here while we were between wedding functions (bride is employed by the foundation). We missed the turn off for here, as did 3 others that had been here before. It was great to walk around the old site and take in some of the art. Give yourselves a good hour or so, to enjoy the works of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

What an unusual place! Interesting to see what it used to be, what it is now, lots of layers of art making history.

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Vaughn, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I really enjoyed seeing all the different artwork laid out all around the buildings. You have a reverence for the people working on their art and expressing themselves. It would have been nice to get a look inside the house on the property, but, oh well, it was still fun. If you enjoy art and love to watch the creative... More 

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you're interested in ceramic art, especially what new artists are doing today, this is a must visit. The Foundation provides studio and gallery space for recipients of its fellowships. Guests are welcome to walk through most of the buildings on the site as long as you are respectful of the working artists' spaces. The history is also interesting...from a... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Who knew that Montana has a world-class pottery/ceramist center with artists' studios, well-curated galleries, and a shop with something for everyone. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Helena area!

Thank 361jill
Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The Archie Bray is Internationally known for it's ceramics. Read about the history online. A great little place to take your camera and roam the grounds. You don't need permission, just be respectful. Lots of old broken ceramic art pieces in the overgrown grasses. The old brick kilns are wonderful to photograph but only one is open to look inside... More 

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