2017 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction


Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 6pm

Save the date for an evening of art, industry, community, creativity, and fire in support of The Crucible’s education programs. Join us in celebrating the contributions and vision of honoree Dr. Frances Hellman, who has been a valued member of The Crucible’s community for more than a decade.
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Fireside Lounge – Fall 2016


Fireside Lounge Open House

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 6:30-9:30pm

Join us for an evening celebrating local dreamers and creators, as we host some of the Bay Area’s most influential makers and artists. The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge illuminates the world of original artists, collectives, and innovators who create movements “Made in Oakland.”

The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge lets you see demonstrations of our industrial and fine arts for yourself. Catch exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities with Crucible faculty, including Glass Fusing & Slumping, Glass Flameworking, Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Enameling, Neon, Bike, Machine Shop, and Paper & Textiles. We’ll also have live performances of fire eating, poi, and fire staff, as well as interactive fire effects.

Explore The Crucible’s studio and learn about our extraordinary art programs, while sipping wine and beer in a unique atmosphere. TART! Oakland and Zella’s Soulful Kitchen will be serving up tasty treats. A gallery of remarkable work by students and faculty will be on display, including art by the Ceramics studio, Daniel Stauber, and Rusty Noodle Studios. And you’ll have a chance to win a free Crucible class in a drawing.

PoppyWagon We are truly excited to have the opportunity to display a FLUX Foundation sculpture at Fireside Lounge. Flux Foundation aims to engage people in designing and building large-scale public art as a catalyst for education, collaboration, and empowerment. PoppyWagon is part of the FLUXcycles series of mobile sculptures that FLUX artists started creating in 2011. Originally made for the 2014 Maker Faire in San Mateo, PoppyWagon is a whimsical fire sculpture with bright orange buds inspired by the California Poppy burst and flames that you control with the push of a lever. The wagon is a custom-made cart designed and fabricated by FLUX artists.

We’ll see you October 28th for an evening of art, industry, community, and entertainment. This event is free and open to the general public. All are welcome! However, parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as our studio space does have some rough edges.

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Fireside Lounge May 2016



Friday, May 6 | 6:30-9:30 pm
Demonstrations | Hands-on activities | Art show
Learn about classes | Performances
FREE admission & open to all

Celebrating Oakland First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur, The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment. This exclusive engagement takes place in The Crucible’s studio and highlights our extraordinary art programs. Explore the creative passions of professional artists and the educational opportunities available, while sipping wine and beer in our unique atmosphere. A gallery of remarkable artwork by students and faculty will be on display and live performances are scheduled throughout the night.

Join us for an evening of makers, innovators, dreamers, and creators, as we celebrate “Made In Oakland.”  We will host an industrial art show, live industrial arts demonstrations, and music.

Music is courtesy of Hassan El-Tayyab from American Nomad Music, with sets at 7pm and 8pm. Fantastic food vendors will be on hand including TARTMr. Pops and Keena’s Kitchen! FREE admission, open to all. Discounts on upcoming Crucible classes will also be available.


Catch exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities with our own Crucible faculty, in disciplines such as:

  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • ARC/OXY Welding
  • Moldmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Blacksmithing
  • Jewelry
  • Stone Working
  • Woodworking
  • And many others!

Art Show & Sale

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Stroll through a curated gallery with pieces selected from The Crucible’s community, including faculty, artist studio renters, students, staff and volunteers. These works showcase the skills learned and perfected through the industrial arts classes we teach here. For example, a fantastic oscillating sculpture by metal and fire artist Ryon Gesink will be on display — see a video of this hypnotic piece here.

Check out the market row of unique, handmade works in our Train Bay. In addition, Crucible staff and faculty will have select items available for sale. Take home a piece of The Crucible!

The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge lets you see demonstrations of our industrial and fine arts for yourself. It is open to the general public and kids are welcome. However, parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as our studio space does have some rough edges!

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2016 Soirée Auction Preview


You’ll want to have your paddle ready to bid on these gorgeous, unique pieces of art in metal, wood, clay and glass.

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2016 Fire & Light Soiree Photo Gallery


Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Crucible’s 2016 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction. It was a fabulous evening, filled with fire, art… and fundraising! We raised more than $200,000 for Crucible programs and had a spectacular time doing it. Below are just a few photos of this memorable event! Click on each image to enlarge.

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2016 Fire & Light Soiree and Art Auction



Please join us for this special evening in support of The Crucible! Help celebrate the contributions of special guest honorees Christopher and Camille Bently, on behalf of the Bently Foundation. Enjoy fabulous music, dance, magic, and fire performance by the amazing Traveling Spectacular and marvel at incredible fire and light art installations by Orion Fredricks and Christopher Schardt.

Add to your art collection by taking home a piece of artwork from our art auction, featuring stunning sculptural works in metal, wood, ceramic and glass. Support The Crucible’s unique youth education program with our Fund-a-Need. Raise your paddle to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to support industrial arts classes, camps and apprenticeship programs serving more than 5,000 young people annually.

For table reservations or sponsorships, please contact Sheri Kuehl, Development Director, at sheri@thecrucible.org or (510) 444-0919 x119. Individual tickets are $300 and available now for purchase online.








Click or tap to view photos of last year’s Fire & Light Soirée, a fabulous night of art, fire and friendship that raised over $215,000 for The Crucible’s many educational programs.

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2015 Soirée Auction Preview


2015 Soirée Auction Preview

You’ll want to have your paddle at the ready to bid on these gorgeous, masterful pieces of art at our Live Auction.

Feeling shy? Not to worry – we have several beautiful pieces up for Silent Auction as well.

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2015 Fire & Light Soiree Gala Photo Gallery


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Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Crucible’s 2015 Fire & Light Soirée. It was a fabulous night of art, fire, friendship… and fundraising! We surpassed our financial goal for the evening, raising $215,000 for Crucible programs, including $78,000 for youth programs and scholarships. Below are just a few snapshots of last year’s memorable Soirée! Click on each image to enlarge.

Save the date! On Saturday, April 9 we celebrate the vision of special guests and honorees at The Crucible’s Fire & Light Soirée 2016. For table reservations or sponsorships, please contact Sheri Kuehl, Development Director, at sheri@thecrucible.org or (510) 444-0919 x119.

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Fireside Lounge 10/10/2014


Fireside Lounge: Innovation & Improvisation

Featuring the artistry of Sung Kim

Friday, October 10
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
$10 at the door. Free for Crucible members.

Meet Sung Kim

Sung Kim is a Bay Area based sculptor, improviser, and instrument maker. We are excited to host Sung and special guest David Dupuis as part of his artist residency at Studio Grand in Oakland. While studying art in 1989, Sung first tried to modify a guitar to capture a sound he was imagining… and his imagination has continued ever since. Sung will be displaying, discussing, demonstrating, and performing with his unique instruments, resonators, and acoustic devices, beautifully hand-crafted out of wood, steel, and more. Sung has been a frequent guest at Exploratorium events and has appeared at Maker Faires. We are excited to welcome him for his first-ever Crucible appearance! This program is presented in collaboration with Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Avenue, Oakland

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Firepit, $25 class discounts, glass demos & gallery

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Will will also feature demonstrations (submission guidelines) and display of Crucible glass and enameling work in our studios, including glass blowing, glass flameworking, glass fusing and slumping, enameling, and glass casting and coldworking. We will offer $25 discounts on classes during this Fireside Lounge, and of course, members always save 10% off tuition. The Fireside Lounge is a chance to catch up with the Crucible community, see what creative mischief folks are up to, and maybe think over that project you have in mind. We’ll have live music, demonstrations in our glass studios, a gallery, and our brand new industrial fire-pit will be up and running along with vendors, food and drink. We hope to see you there!

Learn more about Sung Kim

Sung Kim is an improvisor, sculptor, and an instrument builder born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Washington, DC. In 1989, Kim studied ceramic sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art. It was here that Kim started building his own variations of the guitar. Kim received his BFA in sculpture from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. It was in Chicago where Kim began to deviate from the guitar to explore other techniques, tonalities, and sympathetic resonance. It was also in Chicago where Kim started his collaboration with musicians to explore his instruments in an improvisational context. Kim facilitates his musical and sculptural endeavors by owning and operating an architectural woodworking design/build studio in the San Francisco Bay Area.

More images from Sung Kim’s Workshop

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Call for Art: The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge


Art show: Precious Metal


On Friday, May 9th The Crucible is hosting an art exhibition largely featuring our metal departments. This Fireside Lounge will focus its demonstrations on foundry, kinetics and electronics, machining, hot wheels, bikes, welding (MIG, TIG, Oxy, Stick), paper & textiles, and fire effects. If you work in any of these media please submit your art for the event’s art exhibit in the central event space. The submission process is open to anyone involved with The Crucible: students, faculty, volunteers, studio renters, Create Program members, staff, etc.

The deadline for submitting art is Sunday, May 4th, at midnight. The submission form is attached, available in the office and online on the fireside lounge page. The important times and dates are below. Contactdaniel@thecrucible.org if you require an alternative drop off time.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing your artwork on display at The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge Art Show: Precious Metal.

Important Dates

  • Sunday May 4th Submission Deadline midnight
  • Tuesday May 6th Acceptance notification
  • Wednesday May 7th Art Drop off 4-8pm
  • Thursday May 8th Art Drop off 10am-2pm
  • Friday May 9th Fireside Lounge Exhibit 6:30-9:30pm
  • Friday May 9th Art Pick up 9:30-10pm
  • Saturday May 10th Art Pick up 10am-12pm
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