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Address: 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT 59602-9240
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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!

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Hinsdale, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And each time we discover something new and interesting to explore. The grounds are like a scavenger hunt--look but do not take--of various previous artists' creations. In addition there are artists in residence, workshops, a museum and store. There is no charge and it is a natural wonderland. There are pieces available for purchase as well.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Visited many times, and never fail to find something new to inspire. Even the non artist in the family had fun.Historical old brick factory to visit, several pieces by international artists placed in the grounds made primarily from materials scavenged from Archie Bray, many original ideas for pottery piece placement, and also great ideas for the use of broken pottery... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

There is no other place like this. Definitely stop by to see the incredible studios, galleries and grounds all devoted to ceramics. It's just stunning!

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Billings, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

I thought I was going to find a hole in the ground where they dig out the clay I ordered for the art teachers at my school. Instead I found an historical brick factory, donated to the Archie Bray Foundation. Look for a white mailbox in front of the office for a self-guided walking map. I watched several Artists in... More 

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Spearfish, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

This is totally amazing experience...everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. The Archie Bray Foundation is a former brick works turned ceramic art facility. Potters, ceramic artists, artists in residence and locals all work at this amazing spot. Grab a free walking guide from the mailbox in front of the office building and wonder around...through the... More 

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Helena, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Unique one of a kind attraction. Center of pottery revival n U.S and location Interesting story of how it came to be in Helena; world-class artists-in-residence from all over the world that you can visit with, see their work and discuss with them; interesting and unique, displays everywhere on ground; get up close and friendly with kilns;visit store for purchasing... More 

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We stopped by the Archie Bray to get a selfie at the Selfie Spot and ended up spending time looking at a lot of outside art. The more you wander, the more you see. A great place to go kill some time and see some cool stuff.

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

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 

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