The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be “a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics. Our retail store carries an extensive assortment of clays, glazes, ceramic materials, books, tools, and equipment. We endeavor to provide only the highest quality products and are constantly seeking new and innovative products to provide our customers.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray is located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering place for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.
Bray Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9am-5pm
Gallery Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-5pm
June, July, and August open on Sundays, 1pm-5pm
Clay Business Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
***Self-Guided Walking Maps are available at any time in the white mailbox located on your right as you enter the Bray.***
The Bray offices, galleries and Clay Business are annually closed on the following days:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Day, after the third Friday in December until the first Monday in January
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