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Archie Bray Foundation
Ranked #9 of 50 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 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 to see what the old ruins combined with 65 years of artsy people have accomplished. Different and neat and no cost.

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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 then don't miss a visit to the Archie Bray.

Thank Helena Traveler
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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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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 like. It's an National Guard/ Army Reserve base where the Special Forces were founded. There is a small museum that is open daily and a thrift shop that is open on thursdays).
Be sure when you stop into the Archie Bray to bring a camra, there is loads to explore and see. All the pieces that bust when they are baked in the kilns are scattered all about the property so there are lots of cool things to see. There are normaly 10-12 artist living out at Archie Bray during the summer and they have a shop where they sell their art. Also classes are offered for those interested in learning pottery.

Thank AmandaElizibeth
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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 work with clay. I'm sure glad we found out about this treasure. Take your camera.

Thank CanyonJack
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