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Address: 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
Phone Number: 406-443-3502
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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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A must see stop if you are in Helena

I live in Helena, but I take all of my out of town company to the Bray. It has tons of history and a very cool walking tour. On top of that it a world class institute for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Helena, Montana
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Helena, Montana
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Helena, but I take all of my out of town company to the Bray. It has tons of history and a very cool walking tour. On top of that it a world class institute for ceramics. Most oft he top ceramic artists from around the world have done a residency at the Bray. Even if you are... More 

Thank Exploremt_14
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This was my first time to visit for pottery supplies. The staff are young but knowledgeable about the products. Being new to this art form, I had a lot of questions and needed some guidance – the staff helped out a lot but seemed to be a little unenthusiastic about talking to a newbie. It makes the experience so much... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Archie Bray is a ceramics dream - lots of beautiful clay creations, some practical, some funny, all worthy of the term "art". The on-site studios are amazing and the opportunity to see a few of the artists at work was inspirational. Oh! and don't forget the giftshop!

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank PaulLMullen
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 

Thank Barbara M
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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