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Address: 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
Phone Number: 406-443-3502
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Description: 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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Unique Art Experience

Great walk around. Very relaxed welcoming atmosphere. Helpful gallery staff (who were also resident artists) encouraged handling of pieces. We bought two small pieces from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great walk around. Very relaxed welcoming atmosphere. Helpful gallery staff (who were also resident artists) encouraged handling of pieces. We bought two small pieces from the resident artist's galleries. Definitely the most unique feature of our trip to Helena.

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Zanesville, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Lots of interesting outdoor ceramic art , old giant kilns, post grad training for ceramic artists of high caliber. Gallery was between exhibits when we stopped . Artist's work in gift gallery was outstanding. Some pricey, some not. I bought a really cool white textural bowl with a smooth shiny pale celadon interior.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We visited this site because we had been referred by multiple people as a "Helena must see." It is an in-residence artist compound where talented ceramic artists come to work among other advanced practitioners. There are a few really interesting things on the site: - Several very old walk-in "bee hive" kilns that are both technically interesting and photographic marvels!... More 

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Where to begin? (1) the active young ceramic artists, both summer and longer-term residents, you can walk right through their workshops and watch them work -- they often want to explain their work to visitors (but don't bother them if they are busy). We met several very friendly artists (2) the galleries showing the work, mostly for sale at reasonable... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

what an amazing place to explore lovely location amazing art works they have a shop selling ceramic tools etc and also they sell and exhibit work from the resident artists

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Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The Archie Bray Foundation offers talented sculptors an unparalleled opportunity to study and perfect their craft in a supportive and stimulating environment. At the Bray we learned about the work of Zemer Peled, a talented young sculptor who spent the past 2 years there. We will watch her career unfold with great interest! A friend of ours told us that... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A wonderful and unique place to be found in Helena....has gotten better and better through the years. It started with such notable and innovative ceramic artists as Voulkous and Shanner and has attracted world class artists in the 42 years I have lived in Helena. The facility has grown to include wonderful artists studios where visitors can see artists work,... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you enjoy ceramics, don't miss their gallery. That's why we went, and we also enjoyed walking around the grounds after touring the gallery. The old kilns and the artwork that has been built around them are unusual and definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

On our way out of Helena on Easter Sunday we stopped here before heading, walked around and took photos at this wonderful artists paradise. Great sculptures and beautiful old beehive kilns. There was art everywhere you went.

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Leduc, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is one of the most memorable places we have ever been and if we had not been doing the Helena GeoTour, we would have missed this place entirely and it would have been such a shame if we had This foundation has some of the most unique, peculiar and colorful pieces of art I have ever seen and you... More 

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