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“So much to explore, so much eye candy to enjoy, a true local cultural gem!”

Archie Bray Foundation
Ranked #9 of 55 things to do in Helena
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bray has a fascinating history and ridiculous (well-earned) cred in the Ceramic Arts Community. Even if you're not a potter, you'll appreciate this "campus" with a variety of hot spots to view ceramic creations and huge historic beehive kilns, wander the grounds and search for hidden artistic treasures, visit the galleries and the resident center and just breathe in the air of creativity. Stick around at sunset time and catch some amazing open views of the structures as the Big Sky shares its ever-changing beauty with you. There are workshops and lectures and exhibits going on year-round - be sure to check their web site in case you can catch one of these extra special events!

Thank Patty C
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

The Archie Bray Foundation is built around an old brick factory, where the artists have placed all sorts of whimsical creations--and there is a gallery and a gift shop featuring clay and ceramic creations that are often practical or just beautiful additions to your home. You can take classes and learn how to make pottery, and you can interact with resident artists. Maybe not for everyone, but a great place to check out on the west side of Helena.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

What a weird walk through. Totally wild. You are on your own but, take a friend, because! No one will understand if you explain it without a witness with you. I take friends from out of state to Archie Bray, Because There is Nothing in the USA like this. Watch out, when it's hot out.

Thank Mike V
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Archie Bray artist in residence program is known world-wide. Wonderful facility located in historic brick making factory. Ceramic artists from around the world come to work and live on-site. Excellent exhibitions.

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

This place is fun for exploration, from the historic "bee hive" brick kilns to the state of the art ceramic studios (where you can see artists at work) to the many outdoor sculptures. There are two shops on the premises, one that sells ceramic art work which is very high quality (but also high priced), and another that sells clay, glazes, and the biggest variety of pottery tools I have ever seen in one place.

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