Jonathan Hyman studied fine art at the College of Marin and has been an industrial artist since 1971. Known as "The Tigster" Jonathan is certified in titanium, nickel, and stainless steel, MIG and TIG welding and is classified as a welder/fabricator. His sculptures are featured in private collections throughout the U.S. Jonathan recently collaborated in the production of the West Berkeley Gateway over I-80, providing specialized welding fabrication for the stainless steel elements in the monumental sculptures that symbolize the city, its people and its activities.
Jonathan can be found at The Crucible on Wednesday evenings, teaching his popular class, Sculpting with TIG, where those with previous experience with TIG welding learn the finer details and special techniques of TIG welding.
The artwork of Oakland based sculptor Cynthia Handel explores the relationship between organic and inorganic forms. Handel derives inspiration from everyday objects such as tables, vessels, seedpods and other organic and man made structures. Handel notes, "Examining my work, I realize I work intuitively, creating elements, collecting parts that reflect what and how I see and respond to my surroundings."
Cynthia Handel is a sculptor who has been teaching cast metal for the last ten years. After receiving her MFA from San Jose State University, Cynthia was assistant professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, developing its comprehensive casting program including iron casting. She has taught at Sonoma State University, San Jose State University and other Colleges in the Bay Area, and teaches foundry and moldmaking here at the Crucible.
Cynthia's work combines cast elements with steel, wood and other materials such as silk and beeswax. Process and materials are as significant to Handel as form; through casting, welding, carving, and building - each piece is the result of multiple layers of decision-making. Elements are added, subtracted, and re-worked to create rich surfaces. Handel chooses materials that exist on opposite polarities - the permanence of steel and bronze contrast with the fragile delicacy of beeswax, silk and salt.
See some of Cynthia's work January 15 - April 30, 2009 at:
Gallery 555 - Oakland Museum 555 12th Street, Oakland, CA Open and free to the public. BART, AC Transit and Wheelchair accessible.
Whether she's teaching a Figurative Sculpture class with a model, a recycled art workshop, or a parent-child clay class, Tachinia is committed to supporting people on their journey towards personal fulfillment and love, encouraging them to be the most wild, daring, and outrageous version of themselves possible. Tachina teaches ceramics and creative process classes at The Crucible, and offers art/movement workshops throughout the Bay Area. Learn more about Tachina's work at www.openyourheartart.com.
Aimee Golant's unique metal work is sold by over 300 retailers across the United States. The Jewish Museum of New York acquired one of her evocative mezuzahs for its permanent collection. Her Barbed Wire Mezuzah traveled into outer space on the Columbia Space Shuttle. She has won the esteemed NICHE award for her Bars and Windows Menorah and the Golden Hammer Award for outstanding community service within the realm of metal arts. Most recently she has appeared on HGTV's "That's Clever." Check out Aimee on the below video, and check out her website to see more of her beautiful work.
Crucible glass artist Tara Murray wins 2nd place in Female Flame-Off competition
The 3rd Annual Female Flame-Off was recently held in Berkeley, where competitors from throughout the U.S. participated in the three-day event, competing in three different categories: Functional, Wearables, and Mystery Box. Tara selected Mystery Box, in which a random theme was chosen out of a box. The theme was punk rock, and her winning entry was a set of four small sculptures: an anarchy symbol behind three hands giving a universally understood gesture. An auction was held to sell the pieces, with proceeds going to the New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA).
Tara teaches adult and youth classes in glass flameworking, and also donates her time to our youth and community outreach programs, giving demonstrations and leading workshops. Much of Tara's work is focused on creating sculpture and jewelry with a sense of narration and realism, reflecting and re-imagining the natural world within the glass.
To see examples and learn more about Tara's work, visit taramurray.com
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