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Archie Bray Foundation

2915 Country Club Ave, Helena, MT
+1 406-443-3502
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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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New York City, New York
fabulous place to explore and support

had heard of this place for ages and never dreamed i would visit. loved walking around the grounds... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
pittsburgh pa
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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

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

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

Thank artmatterspgh
Reviewed 27 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

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.

Thank Cherie_Stordahl
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...More

Thank 507leannes
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
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...More

1  Thank Discerning67
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.

1  Thank Jan S
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...More

2  Thank RadTel
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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