by Cathy Niland

It’s that special time again—2020 member registration is live! After teasing our latest catalog last week, more than 400 adult and youth classes just opened and Crucible members get first dibs. We have combed through all the new, rare, popular, and niche classes and are happy to announce the 2020 Volume 1 Catalog Awards, highlighting which classes you shouldn’t miss in this 2020 member registration.

Not a member yet? Sign up today during 2020 member registration to get coveted early access, plus 10% off class tuition and much more. Public registration opens on October 29.

The 2020 Volume 1 Catalog Awards

2020 Member Registration is live now!

? Best Class To Go With Soup

Spoon Carving By Hand (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible spoon carving by hand

You will learn more than a whittle bit in this Woodworking class. Tackle basic principles of working with wood while making your own carved wooden spoon. Topics covered include different types of wood, grain direction, carving, shaping, and food safe finishes. Through short demonstrations and lectures, we will use a combination of power and hand tools, exploring the material for its functionality as a creative medium. At the end of the workshop, students leave with a unique spoon, ready to use!

? Class Most Likely to Attract Moths

Flame Effects I (Continuing Level)

2020 member registration the crucible flame effects

Your art is on fire–literally! Learn to design and build safe, effective, beautiful flame effect sculptures with propane. You will learn many different ways of manipulating fire for use in sculpture, including accumulator poofer effects, propane and liquid fuel effects, igniters, and electronic controls.


? Best Class For Breaking The Glass Metal Ceiling

Women’s Blacksmithing I (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible womens blacksmithing

Learn blacksmithing taught by women, for women! This class covers the fundamentals needed to forge steel and understand blacksmithing tools. We will introduce tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing, and bending of hot steel—all the same skills and techniques as in Blacksmithing I, but in an all-female environment. You will make small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks, and hooks. Read why creating women’s only spaces matters.

? Most UnbeWEAVEable Class You Can Take This Winter

Woven Wire Jewelry (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible woven wire jewelry

Spend a weekend weaving wire into beautiful works of wearable art. When properly softened, wire can be used to emulate thread and then woven into jewelry, basketry, woven tapestries, clothing, and more! You will learn to manipulate copper and brass wire—changing the size, shape, and hardness to fit your needs. Then using basic weaving patterns, you will create a bracelet, pendant, or ring of your own design.

? Best Class For People Who Want To Create (And Color In) The Lines

Cloisonne (Continuing Level)

2020 member registration the crucible cloisonne enameling

Enameling enthusiast, this is the class for you! Hone your artistic skills with renowned enamel artist Roberta Smith and the intricate, scientific process of cloisonné enameling. Use the rich, subtle, and distinctive colors of transparent and opalescent enamels on fine silver to create small pieces of jewelry or artwork. Students learn painterly shading techniques and high-gloss polishing.


? Class Most Likely to Turn You Into A Plant Person

Large Ceramic Forms (Continuing Level)

2020 member registration the crucible large ceramic forms

Use your class time to make your growing plant a new home or tackle larger ceramic sculpture. Explore techniques for making larger ceramic forms that can survive the kiln! Practice handbuilding techniques like coiling and pinching, as well as more advanced sculpting techniques to create a one-of-a-kind piece that will dazzle any home. Size limited to 24″ x 18″ x 18″ and 1″ thick.

PREREQUISITE: Ceramics I or ceramics experience

? Best Class For Dropping Into A Bowl Instead Of Making One

Build a Skateboard (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible build a skateboard

This is the coolest class on four wheels! Build your very own custom skateboard from seven layers of hard maple veneer. Learn to shape a foam mold, the woodworking techniques, and the concepts of vacuum press veneering for bending wood. You will practice using basic woodworking power tools, including the band saw and power sanders, as well as hand tools, such as files, rasps, and planes. Apply a basic wood finish and set up your skateboard deck to ride.

? Best Class For Folks Looking For A Printer Upgrade

3D Modeling I (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible 3d modeling

011010111010, know what we mean? Learn how to design your own 3D sculptures. In this course, you will explore a variety of 3D modeling software techniques and the basic ways to construct objects. Each student will design at least one object, which we will print and have available for pick-up by the following weekend.

? Best Class For Tiny Wild Things to Make Tiny Wild Things

Youth Tiny Wild Things (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible youth tiny wild things

Mini monsters with big personalities await your kiddos! Students will be taken on a journey to explore colorful glass beads, expressive figurines, and creatures with unique features, using an oxy-propane torch and soft glass. We will cover bead surface patterns, shaping and forming glass, and take inspiration from the wild things among us.

? Best Class For Literally If You Can’t Do This, It Is $25, Let Us Help You

Flat Fix (Entry Level)

2020 member registration the crucible flat fix

Oakland bike-riders know better than anyone there’s a pothole war out there. Let us help you fight back! Learn to properly uninstall a wheel and fix a flat on a bicycle. You will learn both good and bad tube installation techniques, as well as proper tire level options and when and where it is appropriate to use patches.

2020 Member Registration ends October 28

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