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Big Sky 2006 CLA Travel to Montana

June 20-25, 2006

Dear Arts Supporters: Please join me on our museum trip to cool Montana for "Clay in the Big Sky," June 20-25, 2006. Travelers will have privileged access to the world acclaimed Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and many of the Bray alumni active in the area. The Bray is hosting their Bray International 2006, a three-day extravaganza including lectures, demonstrations, studio and collection visits, culminating in a gala dinner and auction. Founded in 1951, the Bray is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, offering residencies and specialized workshops to ceramic artists from around the world. Located on the 26-acre site, the Bray facilities include year-round resident studios, site-specific sculpture, community class facilities, a sales gallery, and a summer warehouse gallery. We will be welcomed by Josh DeWeese, resident director, visit Richard Notkin in his home and studio, as well as over a dozen potters and ceramic sculptors. There will be wonderful opportunities to purchase work directly from the artists. Join fellow ceramic enthusiasts in the last best place for western hospitality, cool summer weather, and great ceramic art!


  • Encounter the diversity of the ceramic arts through the eyes of curators, artists and collectors.
  • Collectors' package for the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts 2006 Archie Bray International, a three-day extravaganza of lectures, studio tours, demonstrations, culminating in a Gala dinner and live auction of the worlds leading artists.
  • Have an opportunity to visit Rudy Autio and John Mason at the Bray, two ceramic sculptors who have been pathfinders in the field since the 1950s.
  • Special collector's preview of the Holter Museum's outstanding ceramics exhibitions, including John Mason and Rudy Autio exhibitions, Base Clay: Selections from the Permanent CollectionThe Yixing EffectKurt Weiser: Teabowls, and Jun Kaneko: Platters.
  • Day trip to Bozeman to visit galleries and the studios of acclaimed sculptor & printmaker John Buck and Gennie DeWeese, the grande dame of Montana art
  • Stroll through Downtown Helena on the pedestrian mall and experience part of the Old West through Victorian architecture built during the Montana Gold Rush.
  • Welcome dinner at the Montana Club, the oldest private club west of the Mississippi River.
  • Free time for shopping and personal exploration in Helena, Montana, where it will be springtime in the Rockies!

The price per person for this exciting 6 day - 5 night travel adventure is $1,275. The price also includes: 5 nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Downtown; The Bray's 3 day Collectors' package, selected meals (2 suppers and 2 lunches); luxury motor coach; insider visits to Bray Foundation, private collections, artists' studios and special guided tours.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person and a completed reservation form will hold your reservation for the trip. Final payment of $775 is due no later than May 5, 2006.


Registration Form

CLAY IN THE BIG SKY June 20-25, 2006 Travelers

Front row L to R: Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum; Elaine Cohen; Sid Cohen; Midge Golner
Second row: Sara Lieberman; Julius Forzano; Jerry Golner
Third row: Roberta Hammer; Sandy Besser; Bruce Hammer
(Photo credit: Barry Hood, Barry Hood Glassworks, Helena, MT)