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Archie Bray Foundation

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Address: 2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
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+1 406-443-3502
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Ceramic Art Mecca in Big Sky Country

Don't pass up a chance to visit/tour the Archie Bray Center in Helena, MT. I discovered this converted brick factory (one of the North America's oldest) during a recent trip and... read more

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Don't pass up a chance to visit/tour the Archie Bray Center in Helena, MT. I discovered this converted brick factory (one of the North America's oldest) during a recent trip and the visit was nothing short of transcendent. Tour the grounds where eclectic ceramic-based sculpture litters the stunning landscape. There's so much quirky culture in Helena but this is not... More 

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pittsburgh pa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had heard of this place for ages and never dreamed i would visit. loved walking around the grounds to see all the outdoor sculpture, the broken and not perfect pieces left around buildings as if part of an archeological site. galkkery space, sales gallery. visit the artist studios. wonderful visit

Thank artmatterspgh
Helena, Montana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This unique living art gallery is one of the hidden treasures for Helena. If you love art, you want to visit this place. Potters come (from across the world) to work here to extend, to challenge and to create new avenues of art. You can actually watch world class artists working at their trade.

Thank OttoSeitz
Great Falls, Montana
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The Bray Clay business offers great quality clay for a fair and reasonable price. This is a great service for teachers wanting to offer students the experience of working with clay. They also offer a variety of tools needed to work with the clay.

Thank Cherie_Stordahl
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Plan on spending several hours wandering the grounds and taking in all the art. Meet some of the best artists from around the globe. Learn how former Bray residents have made their mark on modern ceramic arts. Browse the gift shop and take home a one-of-a-kind unique art piece.

Thank 507leannes
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Whenever I have any family visit me in Helena, I always take them here. It's a unique experience seeing all of the artwork. I highly recommend coming here and looking at all of the artwork.

Thank thisismercedes
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

In the world of ceramic artists, this place is reknowned and with good reason. The site is just out of town and situated on several acres. There are various buildings and studios, but the grounds themselves are fascinating as they are filled with reject wiorks accumulated over the years. The property has taken on the character of an archaeological site.

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Sun City, Arizona
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

What a place! The grounds are filled with pottery and bricks from yesterday. The gallery had student's work which is mostly for sale. The staff very very friendly and knew the answers to all our questions. A fascinating slice of history still alive today.

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Burnaby, Canada
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

We dropped by here while we were between wedding functions (bride is employed by the foundation). We missed the turn off for here, as did 3 others that had been here before. It was great to walk around the old site and take in some of the art. Give yourselves a good hour or so, to enjoy the works of... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

What an unusual place! Interesting to see what it used to be, what it is now, lots of layers of art making history.

Thank smdyl

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