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Archie Bray Foundation

2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
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Ranked #2 of 6 Shopping in Helena
Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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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.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Helena, MT
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488 reviews 488 reviews
157 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Archie Bray Foundation is an old time brick kiln/works that was converted to an art pottery institute in about 1950 . Interns come from all over the world. It has been an anchor of the arts for Helena for almost 65 years. It is well worth a quick 5 minute drive around the grounds or a longer visit. Just... More

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Helena, Montana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Strolling the grounds at the Archie Bray is like a trip through a history book on contemporary ceramic arts. A former brick yard, this is now a place for ceramic artists to concentrate on producing good work. There is a gallery to visit and beautiful grounds to stroll. If you are looking for something that is off the beaten track... More

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Missoula, Montana
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200 reviews 200 reviews
56 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

It is so interesting to walk through the grounds--and see all the new buildings as well. The Bray has really changed! Pieces of art stashed all over, in nooks and crannies--peaceful and fun to roam around!

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Helena, Montana
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

I've lived in Helena for a while and had not made a trip out to the Archie Bray until reciently. It was well worth the trip, I can't believe it took me so long to go. It's located on the west side of town out towards Fort Harrison (side note you can stop and snoop around Fort Harrison if you... More

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Canyon Lake, TX (near Austin)
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93 reviews 93 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

We are Craftsmen (stained glass) so we may be a little more tuned in to creative craftwork. We had stayed nearby and only found out about this place from another group staying at our lodging that was there to shoot a documentary about this very interesting place that was an old brick factory. The grounds and galleries exhibited some amazing... More

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Bend, OR
2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2006

An incredible place to wander the grounds. Ceramic art is everywhere you look -- in open fields and every nook and cranny. And the artists who have left their work behind are, for the most part, very famous. This is a must see in Montana for anyone who is an artist or who appreciates fine art -- you won't feel... More

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Pony, Montana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2006

This is a great place to buy clay and materials. Tools of the trade and kilns. There are classes to take and professionals to teach you.

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