We hope you had as much fun at GIFTY as we did! With 69 local vendors, prizes, hot drinks, delicious food, fiery demos, record-breaking attendance, and more, this was a weekend to remember!
GIFTY will be packed with opportunities for you to shop from 68 local vendors, eat delicious food, learn from faculty demos, create small gifts, win amazing prizes, and more! We made you a helpful flow chart to create your game plan!
Meet Maia Danks, the artist behind Octopus Ceramics. After growing up taking classes at The Crucible, Maia became the youngest artist to ever vend at GIFTY. We sat down with Maia to learn about special projects she is making just for GIFTY.
Every year, volunteers in our Foundry Department donate their time to make the donor plaques. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, we met up with Irina to see how she makes the plaques, from pouring each individual letter in wax to casting the whole plaque in bronze.
Do you know why the Oakland Fire Department raided The Crucible in 2010? Or, which politician broke a flaming bottle of champagne over an anvil at The Crucible? Take this quiz to find out! Then, find out more on a free tour!
Last weekend, our community came together to smelt twenty-five pounds of iron in a bloomery furnace that they built together at The Crucible. Every aspect of the smelt was a team effort, from collecting magnetite sand from a local beach to building the bloomery furnace.
The Crucible is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors – Alexander Zwissler, Amanda Lacau Noguera, and Annie Campbell Washington. These active community leaders will bring their expertise and passion for the arts to The Crucible’s Board, providing strategic direction and oversight to The Crucible’s operations and working to actively advance our mission.
Over 300 students visited The Crucible on Thursday for an interactive, educational, and inspiring field trip! Crucible faculty, feeling inspired by Halloween, delved into spooky demonstrations! Field trips at The Crucible are a free, community benefit that we provide for all students in the Oakland Unified School District and any Title 1 Public School.
In order to make a ring from a sheet of silver, you have to learn to solder a butt joint. Watch Jewelry Department co-head Rikki Smeltzer demonstrates how to do it properly!
From setting up 3D printers, to baking the entire Crucible staff cheesecake, Aaron stays busy volunteering at The Crucible! We sat down with him to talk about how The Crucible has supported his own creative pursuits, and to coax him into sharing his cheesecake recipe.