Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts

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The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (also known as "The Bray") is a public, nonprofit, educational institution located 3 miles from downtown Helena, Montana, USA.

It was founded on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, a philanthropist and avid patron of the arts. Bray 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."

Although Bray died in 1953, his foundation survived the 1960 closure of Western Clay and in 1984 purchased the abandoned brickyard building and kilns. Today the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is internationally acclaimed[1] and listed on the American National Register of Historic Places.

The artist residency program is the core of the foundation. Some famous residents include Robert Archambeau, Rudy Autio, Peter Voulkos, and David Shaner.


  1. ^ Aarstad, Rich, Ellie Arguimbau, Ellen Baumler, Charlene Porsild, and Brian Shovers. Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman. Montana Historical Society Press.

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Coordinates: 46°36′51″N 112°04′55″W / 46.61416667°N 112.08194444°W / 46.61416667; -112.08194444