all who are seriously interested in any branches of the ceramic
arts, a fine place to work."
Archie Bray, Sr. 1951
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 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.
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.