Fire, Light, and Fundraising: Strong Support At The Crucible’s 2019 Soirée!

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On Saturday night, The Crucible community gathered for our 20th Anniversary Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, contributing over $240,000 in support of The Crucible’s industrial arts programming, by bidding on 17 different works of art in the auction and through direct donations to our programming. See our favorite photos from Soirée on our blog!

Fire, Light, and Fundraising: Strong Support At The Crucible’s 2019 Soirée!2019-06-18T10:15:49-07:00

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event

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Friday, September 22, 2017 • 10am-6pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 10am-5pm We are hosting a free community event with Lie Nielsen Toolworks, showcasing their top-notch woodworking hand tools. Come see how quality hand tools can make your woodworking projects easier, with demonstrations by Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks in Fort Bragg, California.

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Jewelry Studio Reopening

2019-07-05T16:52:42-07:00

Jewelry Reignited: A Studio Transformation to Get Fired Up About

Over the past few weeks, we’ve made big changes to our Jewelry Studio. These enhancements will give each student an improved workspace with better tools at their fingertips as well as provide access to more tools for CREATE members. Renovation highlights:

  • Ten brand new benches provide a dedicated, delineated workspace for every student
  • Five brand new SR series flex shafts allow us to put these powerful tools at each bench
  • New daylight lights at each bench with adjustable arms that focus the light where it’s needed
  • Five Knew Concept saw frames
  • New chairs for improved ergonomics and comfort
  • Thorough cleaning and fresh paint
  • Studio reorganized for better workflow and space utilization
  • Locks on every bench enable us to store tools in the workstation drawers, readily available
  • Power outlets at each bench will make it easier for casting students to use electric wax pens
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Jewelry Studio Reopening Mixer

Please join us on Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm for a reception celebrating these improvements. Guests have a chance to win a free Crucible class, jewelry donated by Melissa Joy Manning, and gift cards from FLAX and Otto Frei. It wouldn’t be a Crucible event if you didn’t learn something; we’ll have a jewelry demo at 7pm and you can swap tricks of the trade with The Crucible’s fantastic jewelry community as you mingle. This event made possible by our sponsors:

FLAX art & design Otto Frei Knew Concepts Christensen Heller Gallery

See the Facebook event at: facebook.com/events/1118872518231340/

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Glass Artist Guido Gerlitz Demo & Lecture

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Sunday October 19th
11:30am lecture and slide show
1:00 pm begin several hours of hot shop demonstrations

Guido received his BFA in Glass & Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993 and MFA in Glass from the California College of the Arts in 2004. He has international glassblowing experience, working in Venezuela at ICET and on Murano for Vetreria Pino Signoretto. He has worked as an independent gaffer for artists: Oben Abright, Kanik Chung, Bella Feldman, Linda Flemming, Jaime Guerrero, and Maria Porges. In addition has gaffed for: Union Street Glass Inc., Nikolas Weinstein Studios, Cohn-Stone Studios, Pilchuck Glass School. He served as the Executive Director of Public Glass in San Francisco for two years. In 2012-2013 Guido was a Senior Lecturer / Instructor for Glass III at the California College of the Arts. He is the co-founder and President of ‘Effetto Glassworks’ in Richmond, CA.

This free event is underwritten by the Glass Alliance of Northern California.

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Nov. 10: 50 Years of Studio Glass

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Saturday, Nov 10 and Sunday November 11 – 10am to 6pm
Saturday, Nov 10 – 6-9pm

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of the Studio Glass movement in the United States, and The Crucible is part of a national movement to celebrate this anniversary. The program follows the tradition of the California Glass Exchanges. San Jose State University glass instructor Dr. Fritz and his student George Jercich started the Glass Exchange with the goal of gathering the California glass community together to share skills and techniques.

  • PROGRAM: Saturday, Nov 10 and Sunday November 11 – 10am to 6pm
  • EXHIBITION RECEPTION AND AWARD CEREMONY: Saturday, Nov 10 – 6-9pm
  • KEYNOTES: Suellen Fowler, Marvin Lipofsky, Richard Marquis, Susan Stimsmuehlen-Amend
  • Demonstrations in the Crucible’s six glass studios: blowing, cold working, fusing, casting, neon and flame working areas.
  • Panels and lectures featuring California glass artists who began working in each decade.
  • Two-day Pop up exhibition of California glass artists 10-5 pm.
  • Reception and Awards ceremony honoring contributions to the California glass community is scheduled for 6-9 pm Saturday Nov. 10,. honoring collectors, including Dorothy Saxe and artists who have contributed to our movement.
  • Add your information to the “Living Glass Timeline” that will be created during the two-day event.
  • We welcome glass artists of all decades who have worked in California to download and complete a Registration Form for inclusion on our Directory of California Glass Artists. See our website below.

Ticket Information

  • General Admission $15 per day
  • Crucible Members and Students $10 per day
  • To purchase tickets and reserve your spot, visit californiastudioglass.eventbrite.com

The Oakland Museum and California College of the Arts are also sponsoring exhibitions and events to celebrate this anniversary and California glass artists. Keep an eye on our website as we’ll be adding additional links and resources in the coming weeks to help you highlight other events celebrating the American Studio Glass movement.

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Press Releases

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2013

Youth Build Leadership, Art, Life Skills In
One-of-a-Kind Internship Program at The Crucible

(7/23/13)

The
Crucible Hosts its Third Annual Playa Bound: Sale & Open House

(6/21/13)

The
Crucible Accepting Vendor Applications for Burning Man-Inspired Event

(6/7/2013)

World-Renowned
Artist Leads Larger Than Life Adventure at The Crucible

(5/10/13)

The
Crucible Presents Fireside Lounge: Creation

(5/9/13)

The
Crucible’s Bike Program in a Race to Win $25,000 through State Farm
Neighborhood Assist’s Facebook Challenge

(4/5/13)

The
Crucible Hosts 8th Annual Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

(4/4/13)

The
Crucible Hosts “The Science of Art” Annual Open House
(4/3/2013)

The
Crucible Offers Interactive Exploration of the Afterlife in “Asia
Alive” Series
(3/25/2013)

The
Crucible To Hosts Youths in Industrial Art Adventure

(3/23/13)

The
Crucible Presents Fireside Lounge: Conception

(2/3/13)

The
Crucible Sponsors Mission Girls for Behind-The-Scenes Preview of Hot
Couture: A Fusion of Fashion and Fire

(1/10/13)

2012

Oakland
Art Space The Crucible Presents “Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion
and Fire”
(12/11/12)

CASS Sponsors The Peralta Junction Project, an Experiment in Arts-Based Urban Space Activation (12/7/12)

International Blacksmith Finds Community, Resources in West Oakland (11/10/12)

One Hat One Hand & Commonplace Productions Welcome The Life Size Mousetrap to Peralta Junction (11/8/12)

New Community Program Helps Veterans, Educators Learn Skills in the Industrial Arts (10/25/12)

Peralta Junction Project Brings Economic & Social Vitality to West Oakland (10/17/12)

50 Years of Studio Glass Press Event (10/10/12)

Molten Metal and Fire Replace Trust Falls in Today’s Team Building Workshops (9/28/12)

Peralta Junction Project to Fuel Community & Creativity in West Oakland (9/25/12)

Bay Area Art School The Crucible to Host the 7th Annual Fire & Light: Soirée and Art Auction July 21 (7/7/12)

Burn Baby, Burn! Bay Area Industrial Arts School, The Crucible, Offers New Playa Bootcamp Workshops (6/14/12)

Bay Area Summer Camps at The Crucible Get East Bay Youth Fired Up for Summer 2012 (5/12/12)

Bay Area Art School The Crucible Set to Spark Creativity at ‘The Science of Art’ Open House April 7 (3/31/12)

Oakland Industrial Arts School Celebrates Strength and Fire at February Fireside Lounge (2/9/12)

Bay Area Industrial Arts Facility Kicks off 2012 with The Crucible Experience – A Celebration of Art, Industry and Community  (1/27/12)

It’s the Hottest Show in Town: Tickets Still Available to MACHINE: A World Premiere Fire Opera at The Crucible (1/14/12)

Hot Bay Area Entertainment – Fire Opera: MACHINE Premieres Tonight at Oakland Foundry and Art School (1/11/12)

2011

East Bay Industrial Art School Announces Summer Immersion Classes for Kids and Adults (12/14/11)

New Winter Industrial Art Classes and Fun Family Spring

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Castaways to Treasures: Jewelry Sale

2018-03-01T14:13:18-08:00

Join the Women’s Jewelry Association’s members and friends at The Crucible for a jewelry makers and manufacturers’ sale to find goodies from past collections, pearls, gemstones, findings, beads, tools and equipment at hugely discounted prices.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Noon to 4 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th St., Oakland
Admission: $5 

WJA members of designers, manufacturers, and store owners have treasure troves of leftover merchandise, and they are ready to sell at crazy sale prices. Bring your friends and get ready for fantastic deals.

Vendors include:

 


Event Location & Directions

The Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

>> Directions

Parking

The Crucible has a very small parking lot on the corner of 7th & Union that will be available for disabled placard parking only. Those spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are also two paid parking lots. One is on Kirkham Avenue and the other is the 5th Street lot by BART. Please do not park in lots owned by local businesses or the residential area behind The Crucible.

Public Transit

Ditch the car and don’t worry about parking – The Crucible is easily accessible by BART! From the West Oakland BART Station, exit onto 7th Street, turn right, and walk 2 blocks east to Union (at the 2nd light). The Crucible is on the northwest corner of 7th & Union, at 1260 7th Street.

 

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Past Events

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2013

2013 Playa Bound: Sale & Open House

June 22, 2013
11am to 6pm
FREE

Our annual Playa Bound Open House is a wonderful way for the whole family to wander through our 56,000 sq. ft. studio and a maze of vendors with handmade crafts, desert costumes, camping supplies, playa bikes, shade ideas, and leave-no-trace education. Catch fiery performances as you support local artists, community arts education for youth and adults, and work your way through that Black Rock City shopping list. 

 

 

East Bay Open Studios 2013

June 1-2 and June 8-9, 2013
Open Studios: 11am to 6pm
Tours: 12 noon, 4pm
FREE

The Crucible is participating in this year’s East Bay Open Studios, presented annually by ProArts Gallery. Featured artists include Barbara Barnett, Peter Kropf, Johanna Neaderhouser, Rob Nehring, Alexander Smith, Daniel Stauber, Sam Waller and Mary B. White. The Crucible will also lead two studio tours at 12 noon and at 4pm.

 

 

Talk with Hugh Jenkins: Explorations in Efficient Glass Studio Operations

May 31, 2013
6:30-9 pm
FREE

Could blowing glass cost you less and be more environmentally friendly? Join Hugh Jenkins, renowned Hawaiian glass art educator, artist and expert in glass studio efficiency, to learn tips for use of renewable energy, alternative fuels such as reclaimed cooking oil and energy efficiency in a glass hot shop.

Maker Faire 2013: The Crucible’s Fire Town

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 10am to 8pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 10am to 6pm

$30 single day. $55 weekend pass.

At Maker Faire 2013 in San Mateo, The Crucible will present dynamic demonstrations in blacksmithing, glass blowing, foundry metal pouring, art bikes frame alterations, jewelry making and eye catching fire poofers towering in the sky. Don’t miss The Crucible’s Fire Town located at Booth SL30!

Maker Faire is the annual two-day, family friendly celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

 

Fireside Lounge: Creation

May 10, 2013
6:30-9:30pm

Our next Fireside Lounge leads us to explore creation and how ideas move from concept into creative expression. We will explore processes that makes creation simple. We will discuss and demystify how to do-it- yourself, Crucible style, inspiring creativity in everyone. In collaboration with Maker Month, The Crucible celebrates creation with a spectacular evening.

Read more…

 

Artifact: The Crucible at the Asian Art Museum

Fridays– Sundays, March 15–May 5, 2013
Noon to 4pm
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

What would you take to the afterlife? The Crucible, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Archaeology Research Facility

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East Bay Open Studios 2013

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The Crucible is participating in the 2013 East Bay Open Studios, presented annually by Pro Arts Gallery.

Our featured artists are

Barbara Barnett, Peter Kropf, Johanna Neaderhouser, Rob Nehring, Alexander Smith, Daniel Stauber, Sam Waller and Mary B. White. Read about their work below and come join them on June 1-2 and June 8-9 at our studio. 

The Crucible will also offer two

studio tours at noon and 4pm

Barbara Barnett

Barbara has been an artist most of her life but only recently began working in glass. In 2007, she started working with stained glass and moved through kiln formed glass to cast glass after taking a class at The Crucible in Oakland, CA.  Her work reflects the natural world she sees around her, combining her love of nature and a passion for art. Creating a glass sculpture starting with a clay or wax model is always a journey of discovery.  Her geeky side loves the physics of glass, the problem solving, and the complexity of the process.  Her emotional side loves the observation and discovery of the form, the surprise at the outcome, and discovering new aspects of myself through the process.

Website: barbarabarnettglass.com

 

 

Peter Kropf

Peter Kropf is fascinated with all forms of fire and its ability to transform. He creates sculptures with a variety of materials, and often seeks to include fire as a focal point. He is always looking for different and interesting ways to share his joy of fire with the community at large. Peter can often be found at The Crucible working as a Senior Studio Manager and setting pyrotechnic effects for Crucible productions. In his spare time, he is known to drag chaos through their IT Department.

Website: practicalfirearts.com

 

 

Johanna Neaderhouser

Johanna Neaderhouser has been a woodworker since 2010 having enrolled in the Distance Mastery Program at the Northwest Woodworking Studio. She has recently started teaching woodworking classes at The Crucible.

 

Rob Nehring

Rob Nehring received his BFA from the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Inter-arts, which included theatre, dance and sculpture. After professionally dancing for 17 years and 18 years in the candy business, he dropped everything to take a class at The Crucible. Driven by the definition of sculpture as “something you back into when looking at a painting,” he strives to produce thought-provoking, yet whimsical work in three dimensions. An accomplished artist, Rob’s sculptures are in galleries and private collections throughout the United States. His sculptures are created from 99% recycled materials. Through found scrap materials, Rob lets the materials dictate what they will become. Rob runs Rusty Noodle Studios, teaches and is the Adult Program Director at The Crucible.

Website:

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Hugh Jenkins: Explorations in Efficient Glass Studio Operation

2018-03-08T13:13:17-08:00

 

Could blowing glass cost you less and be more environmentally friendly? 


Join Hugh Jenkins, renowned Hawaiian glass art educator, artist and expert in glass studio efficiency, to learn tips for use of renewable energy, alternative fuels such as reclaimed cooking oil and energy efficiency in a glass hot shop.

Friday, May 31, 2013
6:30-9 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA
FREE

Hugh Jenkins’s studio, Big Island Glass, is considered a nationally leading glass shop in the use of renewable energy, reclaimed cooking oil and energy efficiency.  Hugh has consulted and assisted hot studios with energy efficiency throughout the US. He is in the Bay Area retuning Lee Meltier’s furnace for higher efficiency and has graciously agreed to share his information on recuperation, his innovative use of bio fuels and other techniques with our community.

    • 6:30-7:30 pm  Potluck (please bring a dish to share)
    • 7:30-8:30 pm  Hugh Jenkins presentation
    • 8:30-9:00 pm  Q&A and discussion

This event is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by The Crucible and BioGlass.org. BioGlass’s mission is to feature research, development and community resources for eco-efficient glass studio techniques, which simultaneously assists glass artists to make more profit and protect the environment.

Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross, a husband and wife team of Big Island Glass Gallery, have blown glass on the Big Island of Hawaii since 1999, after leaving long teaching careers in Honolulu, Stephanie at Holy Nativity and Hugh at Punahou School. Since 2001 they have collaborated in their home based studio in Honoka’a.  They established Big Island Glass Gallery in 2004.   It is located in the old sugar plantation town of Honoka’a, on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Paintings and fine crafts by other local artists are also featured.  In their glass, Hugh and Stephanie work in response to their surroundings and reflect the ever-changing water, volcano, forest, landscape, and climate of the Big Island.

Questions? Please contact Mary White at 510 847-4916 or mwhiteglass@gmail.com

Event Location & Directions

The Crucible
1260 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

>> Directions

Parking

The Crucible has a very small parking lot on the corner of 7th & Union that will be available for disabled placard parking only. Those spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are also two paid parking lots. One is on Kirkham Avenue and the other is the 5th Street lot by BART. Please do not park in lots owned by local businesses or the residential area behind The Crucible.

Public Transit

Ditch the car and don’t worry about parking – The Crucible

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