Located just outside of Helena, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a true gem. The former Western Clay Manufacturing Co. that provided bricks to Helena and surrounding areas, the site has been a nonprofit educational arts institution since 1951. Since then over 600 ceramics artists from around the world have come here to work and teach, holding classes for adults and children, experts and beginners alike. The Foundation also has a gallery and store selling ceramics supplies to support its mission. Even if you can’t find the time to take a class (which we can’t wait to do this fall), spending a few hours roaming the grounds with Mount Helena as a backdrop is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From rusting equipment and crumbling structures to finished pieces and broken experiments, the Bray is an excellent place to lose yourself in a maze of art and history.