Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts - Helena

Over sixty years ago, Archie Bray, Sr. founded what is known as the Pottery on the grounds of his brickyard, the Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts and providing an atmosphere of creative excellence for ceramic artists since 1951. Ceramic artists from around the world travel to Helena to work and study as they enrich their creative and artistic talents.

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on the western edge of Helena, the Foundation would "make available for all who are seriously interested in the ceramic arts, a fine place to work," Bray once said.

In 1985, Bray was named to the National Register of Historic Places 100 years after the Western Clay Manufacturing Company was purchased by Helena brew master Nicholas Kessler, whose namesake brewery used natural springs adjacent to the clay works.

Archie Bray, Jr. ran the clay business after his father's death in 1931. A prominent local art patron, Bray died in 1953, only two years after founding the non-profit Archie Bray Foundation. More than 600 artists have worked at the Bray over the years.

The Bray sells pottery and sculpture, and also offers classes, workshops and exhibitions for the public. Discover through a self-guided tour the traditional and contemporary pottery, ceramics and sculpture. Please call or visit our website for tours and additional information.

Mailing Address
Not Available

Street Address
2915 Country Club Avenue
Helena,  MT 59602

Phone: 406-443-3502
Fax: 406-443-0934

Archie Bray Foundation is located at 2915 Country Club Avenue, just west of Spring Meadow Lake and three miles from downtown Helena. Open to the public 7 days a week.

All Year

September - May
Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
June - August include
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

American Express, Cash, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa

Walk-Ins Welcome

Books, Childrens Activities, Gift Shop, Handicapped Accessible, Instruction, Maps, Merchandise, Parking, Picnic Tables, Public Restroom, Store, Tour, Unescorted Tour

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