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Archie Bray Foundation

2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
+1 406-443-3502
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Not Our Cup of Tea...

This place was strange. Messy, overgrown, and odd. The young lady in the gift shop area was very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Snohomish, WA
Amazing Blend of History and Art

So glad a Helena resident told me about this place, because I would never have found it on my own... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Jackson, WY
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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
+1 406-443-3502
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
Reviewed 15 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
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

2  Thank Uptowndan
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
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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...More

2  Thank OttoSeitz
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.

2  Thank Cherie_Stordahl
Reviewed 13 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...More

1  Thank 507leannes
Reviewed 3 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.

1  Thank thisismercedes
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Response from OttoSeitz | Reviewed this property |
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