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Archie Bray Foundation

2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
+1 406-443-3502
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Funky and eclectic ceramic headquarters

The Archie Bray Foundation is built around an old brick factory, where the artists have placed all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dick13cathy
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Helena, Montana
Not a tourist trap and it's free!

What a weird walk through. Totally wild. You are on your own but, take a friend, because! No one... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Mike V
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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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2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Archie Bray Foundation is built around an old brick factory, where the artists have placed all sorts of whimsical creations--and there is a gallery and a gift shop featuring clay and ceramic creations that are often practical or just beautiful additions to your home....More

Thank Dick13cathy
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

What a weird walk through. Totally wild. You are on your own but, take a friend, because! No one will understand if you explain it without a witness with you. I take friends from out of state to Archie Bray, Because There is Nothing in...More

Thank Mike V
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Archie Bray artist in residence program is known world-wide. Wonderful facility located in historic brick making factory. Ceramic artists from around the world come to work and live on-site. Excellent exhibitions.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This place is fun for exploration, from the historic "bee hive" brick kilns to the state of the art ceramic studios (where you can see artists at work) to the many outdoor sculptures. There are two shops on the premises, one that sells ceramic art...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

This place was strange. Messy, overgrown, and odd. The young lady in the gift shop area was very nice and the items displayed in that particular building were nice, but the grounds were disappointing, to us at least. I don't understand all the great reviews...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

So glad a Helena resident told me about this place, because I would never have found it on my own. Be sure to load the address in your GPS - it is not in a central or even commercial neighborhood, although not far from town...More

Thank ElySprings
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Our trip to Helena was to see the Archie Bray Foundation. We were there the day of the annual auction. They have a reasonably good selection of pieces by internationally known ceramists. The outstanding part for me was looking at the buildings and outside installations....More

Thank DMLLosAngeles
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Whenever I have guests in town I demand we go here. It is so unique, everybody loves it. Make sure you stop at the pottery and grab a map, they are in a mailbox. I see new thugs every time I visit.

Thank mghungry
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank artmatterspgh
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The facility is really a place for potters and sculptors to study and to work. You can walk around the grounds at your leisure to see the sculptures and displays, see (and buy) the work of some recent artists in the... More
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