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Newsletter October 09


Fall Classes in Full Swing

If you’re missing the heat of summer, then come to The Crucible to get up close and personal with a kiln, torch, furnace, or flame and ignite your creativity.

There are classes to suit just about anyone’s schedule, including several NEW classes just added.

Download (pdf)
Fall Class Schedule


Halloween Family Fun Weekend

Saturday & Sunday – Oct 31 & Nov 1

Halloween Family Fun Weekend classes offer a family member discounted tuition when you take a class together. The tuition is for one adult and one child age 12 and up. As far as family goes, you define family, not us.

So why stop at carving a pumpkin when you can carve hot metal! Check out what we still have open below:

Introduction to Blacksmithing
Glass Flameworking
Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A)
Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Introduction to MIG Welding
Beginning TIG


New Classes Coming This Fall!

In Blacksmithing
Weekend Intensive, Oct. 24-25
This advanced blacksmithing skill has long been the mark of “expert status” in metalworking and is often used in bladesmithing.

In Ceramics
Create a Blessing Bowl
2 Sundays, Nov. 8 & 15
In this class you’ll experience the special joy of giving and receiving, while you learn basic ceramic skills.

In Hot Wheels
Bike Mechanic Workshop
3 Sessions, starts Oct. 17
You will leave this class with your bike deep and completely tuned up, as well as a solid working knowledge of bike repair.

In Moldmaking
Life Casting
5 Sessions, starts Nov. 3.
In this class you will learn the basics of creating a negative mold to make your unique sculpture using the human form.

In Resources for Artists
Discovering the Artist in You
5 Sessions, starts Oct. 22. Access your creativity and find your muse through a unique approach that includes movement, breath awareness and lots of engaging materials.

In Textiles
T-Shirt Reconstruction
3 Sessions, starts Nov. 10.
Learn how to re-size, cut and convert your old clothes and transform them into new and exciting garments.


Weekend Warriors

Do you have a free weekend coming up? Are you looking for something to do? Do you just need to get those creative juices flowing? Check out these fun weekend possibilities:

October 10-11
Stilt Walking

October 17-18
Glass Flameworking Lab
Sheet Metal Forming with Evan Wilcox
Copyright Law for Artists (Saturday only)

October 24-25
Intro to Rubber Mold Making for Jewelry (Saturday only)
Gemology (Sunday only)

October 31-November 1
A Primer in 3D Enameling (Saturday only)
Fearless Fire Eating
Introduction to Glass Blowing

November 7-8
Foundry – Patinas Made Easy
Advanced Glass Marble Making Techniques
Jewelry – Introduction to Art Silver Clay
Making Your Own Jewelry Stamping Tools (Saturday only)

November 14-15
Glass Flameworking – Core Vessel

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Newsletter Dec 08

Class Highlights
Last Chance for Fall Classes
Holiday Taster Workshops
Winter Schedule is Here!

Hot New Classes for Winter
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
10th Anniversary Fire Ballet Fundraiser

The Crucible Recommends
The Crucible Holiday Gift Guide
Plasma Nation – Float Gallery
Celebrating Craftwomen
Girls Welding Reception

Faculty Focus
Tara Murray – Glass Flameworking

Ways to Give the Gift of Art
eBay Giving Works Program

Join The Crucible Community
Call for Instructors

Last Chance for Fall Classes

Calling all fire eaters – here’s a chance to refine your skill and learn new performance techniques from Kristina Cañizares, founder of The Nekyia and veteran performer of many legendary Crucible shows.  Fire Eating & Beyond intensive workshop runs December 13-14th.

Learn the ceramic Art of Raku at a weekend intensive workshop December 6-7th.  Bring in your own completed bisque fired pieces and find out how to use organic materials and fire to create incredible surface textures using this exciting process.

Raku Fired Ceramic Piece
by artist Kathleen Fernald


Get a taste of fire at our Holiday Taster Workshops

Where else can you learn a specialized skill and create a unique piece of art in just three hours? There are still some slots available, but register now to be sure you get into the class you want. Workshops run December 6-7th and would make a great early holiday gift or get you started on making gifts of your own.  Choose morning or afternoon classes in blacksmithing, sand casting, glass fusing or flameworking, jewelry making, and resin casting.

{Click Here to Learn More}


Winter Class Schedule – Hot off the press!

Crucible Members can register now for classes; open registration begins November 25th. If you haven’t received your schedule in the mail, look for it at your favorite pick-up spots around the Bay Area or download a copy here.


Five new classes have been added this winter:


Creative Clay Exploration for Parent & Child (3-5 Years)
Feb 11- Apr 1 | Wednesdays | 3 – 4PM | with Tachina Rudman
Enjoy this special time together as you gently explore the world of clay using art and fun simple movements.

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Newsletter Nov 08

Class Highlights
Family Fun Weekend
Fun Fall Classes

Holiday Taster Workshops
Youth Programs
Youth Weekend Intensives
Girls Welding
Bike Frame Alteration

Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
10th Anniversary Fire Ballet

Crucible News
Arts Funding Saved
Must-See TV

The Crucible Recommends
The Perfect Holiday Gift
Radical Jewelry Makeover Exhibition

Faculty Focus
Warren – Glass Cold Working

Join The Crucible Community
Call for Instructors

The last Family Fun Weekend of the year is
November 22nd & 23rd.
Several of these beginning intensive classes remain where you and a family member can learn something new and for making gifts of your own.   Remember, when you sign up together, one family member receives discounted tuition.

Glass Flameworking
Working over an open flame you’ll create marbles, pendants and more

Intro to Jewelry & Metals
Experiment with different techniques and make a sterling silver ring

Discover the lathe and how you can turn a piece of wood into a beautiful bowl.

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Sign Up for Fall Classes Before They’re Gone!

The days may be getting shorter, and the weather a bit nippier, but it’s always hot here at The Crucible, and there are still some fall session classes where you can experience the excitement of creating.  You’ll find day, evening and weekend classes; the hardest part is choosing which area you want to work in:

Intro to Neon, Demystifying the Light Emiting Diode (LED),
EL-Wire Workshop

Beginning TIG, Intro to MIG, Intro to Welded Sculpture

Sculpting in Clay, Classical Clay Portraiture

Intro to Cast Resin and Silver Jewelry, Bead Casting

Core Vessel Forming, Cold Working Glass, Fusing & Slumping, Kiln-Cast Glass


For those with commitment issues . . . Holiday Taster Workshops

Not sure you want to spend 5 weeks pounding mental or melting glass?  You can learn basic techniques and create a unique piece of art in just three hours.  Choose from Blacksmithing, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, MIG Welding, Resin Casting or Sand Casting.   Morning and afternoon Holiday Tasters run December 6th and 7th, 10AM –

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Newsletter Oct 08

Fall Class Highlights
The Softer Side of The Crucible
Did You Know You Can Make Jewelry Out of Clay?

Continuing Classes in Foundry
Coldworking Glass Classes

Fall Community Open House Recap
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
Call for Artists & Vendors

Faculty Focus
Evan Wilcox

Crucible News
Help A Tree Find A Home

The Crucible Recommends
Handcar Regatta
Pacific Pinball Expo

Join The Crucible Community
Call for Instructors
Private or Shared Studios for Rent


The Softer Side of The Crucible

Yes we’re all about fire and steel, hot kilns and heavy machinery, but did you know that you can also get creative with paper, plastic, fabric and flexible light at The Crucible? Check out these classes – just in time for the Day of the Dead and Halloween:

Cartoneria – Create unique décor with this ancient Mexican paper art form. Class runs 8 Wednesday evenings and starts October 8th

Introduction to Sewing: A Crash Course – Dust off that sewing machine and learn sewing basics so you can make your own costume. Saturday workshop, October 18th

Reproduction in Plastics – Learn the secrets the professionals use to make flexible plastic molds to create creepy things…lots of them. Class runs 5 Monday evenings and starts October 27th

EL-Wire Workshop – Add sparkle and light to your costume or home décor with EL-wire in just one day. Class runs Saturday, September 27th

Vidita Mia by Ruben Guzman


Did you know you can make jewelry
out of clay?

Art silver clay is 99.9% fine silver that allows artists to create jewelry in less time then with traditional metalsmithing.  Learn all the basics of making fine silver jewelry, new techniques and how to enhance your current jewelry-making repertoire.

Intro to Art Silver Clay
Arlene Hildebrand • Weekend Intensive • October 4-5

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Continuing Classes in Foundry

Here’s your opportunity to use skills learned in introductory foundry classes and delve into the details of metal casting and finishing with Kitty Hundley, a professional metal artist recognized for her ability to translate natural forms into elegant and useful metal objects.

Cast Clip & Pour – Thursday evenings starting October 30th
Bring your completed waxes

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Newsletter Sep 08

What’s Happening!
Art & Soul
Fall Community Open House
Fiery Fall
Fall Class Highlights
Got Workspace?
Old Jewelry Gets New Life for a Good Cause
Build a Mandolin or Ukulele in Just Four Days!
Fired Up Summer Camp Recap
Fall Youth After School Program

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming Events
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
Crucible Recommends

News & Updates
Faculty Focus – Rick Turner
Join The Crucible Team

What’s Happening!

Art & Soul
Saturday, August 30th   12 – 6PM

Here’s a great way to celebrate Oakland, art, music, dance, food and the end of the summer! Stop by and visit ERV.  ERV is our Educational Resource Vehicle, a big red International fire truck with a full metal shop on board.  We’ll be there with live demonstrations of glass flameworking, welding, torch cutting, and blacksmithing.

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Fall Community Open House
Saturday, September 6th   12 – 6PM

The annual Fall Open House is one of our favorite events – it’s when we invite everyone to come visit and get acquainted!

If you’ve never taken a class or visited our massive studio space, here’s an opportunity to experience the true nature of The Crucible community of artisans, makers, innovators, performers, explorers, learners, mentors, and creators of all types.

Browse through an expo of organizations that provide services to Oakland communities. Check out the work in progress on our latest community collaboration, a wheelchair access ramp crafted in steel by students, teachers, and youth.  Enjoy live demonstrations, circus & fire performances, food and fun for all ages — it’s family-friendly and FREE!

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Fiery Fall


Download the new Course Catalog
and Fall Schedule today!

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“Back to School” at The Crucible is always something
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Newsletter Aug 08

Still Time For Summer Fun
Family Fun Weekends
Get Fired Up For Fall
Download our new catalog and schedule
Fall Registration Begins

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming Events
Fall Community Open House
Design Within Reach
American Craft Show
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House

News & Updates
Call for Artists & Vendors for Holiday Gifty
The Crucible Gets Even More Accessible
Old Jewelry Gets New Life for a Good Cause
2008 Fire Arts Festival Recap
Faculty Focus

Still Time For Summer Fun!

Family Fun Weekends
August 16-17th and August 23-24th

Youth summer camps at The Crucible are running at near full capacity, but you can still have a great weekend with your family exploring and learning new things together – like how to make a welded sculpture for your yard, jewelry of your own design, a glass ornament, or an illuminated sculpture.

{Click Here to Learn More}


Get Fired Up For Fall


Download the new Course Catalog
and Fall Schedule today!

Open registration begins August 7th; classes begin September 22nd. Crucible members can register NOW for fall classes! If you haven’t received your new catalog and fall class schedule in the mail, you can find it on line, at your favorite pick-up spot throughout the Bay Area, or drop by The Crucible to pick one up.  Check out all the great classes on tap for 2008-2009, and plan for fall fun.

If you have previous experience in Blacksmithing, and an interest in sword making or medieval arts, you’ll appreciate our exciting fall classes in Bladesmithing (September 22nd) and Medieval Helmet Making with Tom Hugenin (October 4th).   Those with experience in Jewelry can participate in the three-day Radical Jewelry Makeover Project, and help transform old unused jewelry into new designs that will be sold to benefit mining reform efforts that will decrease mining waste.

If you’ve never had experience with fire, glass or metal before, no problem – there are tons of classes where you can give it a try – whether you just want to dabble for a day or weekend, or totally immerse yourself for weeks. Classes in our schedule marked with the gear symbol qualify for our

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Classes to spark up the New Year!
Plan now for spring break workshops and summer session
HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fire and Fashion: Thursday SOLD OUT, Fri. & Sat tix still available
Crucible Recommends: Hand Tool Event with Lie-Nielsen
CREATE  = Crucible’s Expanded Access to Tools & Equipment


Youth Blacksmithing

Classes to spark up the New Year!

Whether you want to weld, bend iron, shape glass, dance with fire, create light, work with wood, or learn other skills in the industrial arts, there’s something for you at The Crucible. Classes start again January 26th — right after our Anniversary Celebration, so get ready for a year of exploration and creativity with us at The Crucible.

There are some great new classes, plus we’ve expanded both our facilities and popular spring and summer programs for adults and youth.

First Time Offered!
Neon Letter and Pattern Bending
–    March 4th – April 1
This course teaches specialized skills utilized in basic neon letter and pattern bending, and builds on knowledge developed in Neon Illuminated Sculpture I and II. You’ll work in our newly renovated neon studio and learn how to measure and create neon patterns, and techniques in mounting and wiring finished neon.

Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Three weekend intensives in February & March

Introduction to Jewelry
Two weekend intensives in March

Design for the 3rd Dimension
This core class for all 3D work starts in April

Stained Glass Sculpture
Register early for this class starting in March
Intro to Mechanical Sculpture
This popular class runs in January& March

Classes for Youth
provide hours of exciting learning and a sense of accomplishment. After school classes start January 28th in Blacksmithing, Jewelry, and Welding
Weekend workshops give plenty of time for supervised learning and practicing an exciting skill, like Youth Welding, which runs February 2-3rd.

Find the complete class schedule online, at your local library and other pick-up spots throughout the Bay Area, and here at The Crucible’s office.


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