See The 2023 Fire & Light Soirée In Photos


Over the past four months, The Crucible’s founding Open For Business cohort—Amy Alaman, Brandyn Willridge, Cori Pillows, and Komoia Johnson—have been building new skills in the industrial arts while growing their businesses.

See The 2023 Fire & Light Soirée In Photos2023-06-15T00:18:35-07:00

Relive The Magic Of Our 2022 Fire & Light Soirée And Art Auction


Over the past four months, The Crucible’s founding Open For Business cohort—Amy Alaman, Brandyn Willridge, Cori Pillows, and Komoia Johnson—have been building new skills in the industrial arts while growing their businesses.

Relive The Magic Of Our 2022 Fire & Light Soirée And Art Auction2022-06-03T13:52:56-07:00

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


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!

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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event


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


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:

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Glass Artist Guido Gerlitz Demo & Lecture


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


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
  • 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

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



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


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


Crucible Accepting Vendor Applications for Burning Man-Inspired Event


Artist Leads Larger Than Life Adventure at The Crucible


Crucible Presents Fireside Lounge: Creation


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


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


Crucible Hosts “The Science of Art” Annual Open House

Crucible Offers Interactive Exploration of the Afterlife in “Asia
Alive” Series

Crucible To Hosts Youths in Industrial Art Adventure


Crucible Presents Fireside Lounge: Conception


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



Art Space The Crucible Presents “Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion
and Fire”

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)


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


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


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



2013 Playa Bound: Sale & Open House

June 22, 2013
11am to 6pm

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

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

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

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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