Group Team Building Workshops

Team Building Workshops are for corporate, nonprofit, and private groups of friends, co-workers, or colleagues. These fun, hands-on workshops are a great bonding experience that boosts morale, lowers stress, and stimulates creative thinking, while teaching techniques in welding, glass fusing, flameworking, blacksmithing, woodturning, and more. Workshops are scalable and customizable to meet the needs of any group, from six to over 150 people.

The Crucible is a nonprofit dedicated to making the fine and industrial arts accessible for all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We want to let you know that your financial support through our Team Build program helps us provide over $100,000 in scholarships to youth and adults in our community.

Due to COVID-19, private workshops are offered with strict health and safety policies in place. 

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Team Building Workshops & Projects

Each team member creates an individual project within a group setting, pricing starts at $1500.

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Collaborate together to turn your logo, team name or an image of your choice into a glass-fused mosaic. Or create a hanging “quilt” of ceramic, metal, wood, and glass tiles–created by your team members’ individual tiles attached together into an eye-catching wall piece. Pricing starts at $3100.

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2-4 Hour Team Building Workshops

In these 2-, 3-, or 4-hour workshops, each team member will learn new skills, while completing a small individual project to take back to the office! Larger groups are encouraged to mix-and-match workshop options to accommodate their size. Multiple, simultaneous workshops can be scheduled on a single day.

Due to COVID-19, larger groups will be split up into groups of 6-15 people in each art area in order to ensure social distancing. 

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Pricing begins at $75 per hour/per person, plus materials fee of $15 per person. Minimum workshop cost of $1500. For select workshops, price per hour, per person is $95 with a minimum of $1900*.

*Select workshops include Glassblowing, Glass Fusing, Hot Glass Sculpting, Glass Sandblasting, Blacksmithing, Ceramics (wheel throwing), and Glass Flameworking.

Activities To Choose From

Blacksmithing

Three hours

Heat, twist, and forge red hot metal into an ornamental steel hook. You and your team can forge your own unique hook all in our smithy, home to our Blacksmithing Department.

Hot Glass Sculpting

Three hours

In this glassblowing workshop, participants will gather glass from the furnace, apply colors, and shape and sculpt molten glass into your choice of a paperweight, small cup, or small double-walled bowl. Please be prepared to work in the heat.

Ceramics

Three hours

Work with clay in our Ceramics Department. In this workshop, each team member will hand build a ceramic mug, then add texture and glaze to make your piece pop. *Pieces will be ready for pick up two weeks after your workshop.

Copper Enameled Tile

Two hours

Fuse complex multi-layered designs of transparent and opaque glass powders onto a copper tile.

Decorative Copper Cuff

Three hours

Using a six-inch by two-inch piece of copper, you will learn to anneal, hammer texture, stamp, and roll out texture. After the desired texture is achieved, you will shape your cuff and add finishing decorative touches.

Foundry Aluminum Cast Tile

Three hours

Carve a design of your choice into a compressed sand mold, and then watch as molten aluminum is poured into it, creating a positive design in metal that’s unique to you.

Glass Flameworking

Three hours

In our Glass Flameworking studio, each team member will learn to heat borosilicate glass with a torch, then shape molten glass into a small finished project. Students create beautiful and interesting pieces including pendants, marbles, small sculptures, and more.

Glass Fusing

Three hours

Learn to cut and shape sheet glass, then fuse the pieces together into a colorful mosaic tile of your design. Our Glass Fusing & Slumping Department teaches you to combine colors, paint on glass, and incorporate recycled materials to create beautiful projects.

Hojalata: Mexican Tin Art

Two hours

Bring in your own simple design or use one of our many designs to create a vivid colored metalwork that celebrates life.

Leatherworking

Two- or Three-hour options

Learn to cut, pierce, fold, stitch, and stain leather while making a convenient and practical card wallet, or a decorative leather journal. Students learn all of the basics of leatherworking and more in our Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art Department.

Machine Shop Brass-Headed Hammer

Three hours

Learn how to safely operate a mill and lathe while working on a brass-headed hammer with a handle to take home.

Metal Clay

Three hours

Work with the magical material metal clay, perfecting rolling, texture, and carving techniques to create a copper miniature. Our Jewelry Department will kiln fire each piece, then finish and polish your beautiful fine metal creations.

Metalsmithing

Two- or Three-hour options

Anneal, cut, drill, and texture copper or brass to create your own keepsake or learn to make a simple silver band that can be polished to a brilliant shine. Enter a world of fire and possibilities in our Jewelry Department.

MIG-Welded Phone Stand

Two- or Three-hour options

Participants learn the basics of wire-feed welding while creating a phone stand or business cardholder. First, they will bend steel sheet metal, then MIG-weld it together to a practical and unique piece.

MIG Welding & Plasma Cutting

Three Hours

Plasma cut steel into unique shapes, then learn to MIG (Metal Inert Gas) weld them into a personalized votive candle box. MIG welding is a great option for first-time welders in our Welding Department.

Sandblasted Glass Drinkware

Two hours

Sandblast frosty images onto glass using self-designed and hand-cut stencils to create personalized drinkware.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing

Three hours

Using natural Indigo and different resisting techniques, create a personalized Furoshiki.

TIG Welding

Three hours

Create a small abstract sculpture of your own design by TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding together stainless steel sheet, nuts, and bolts in our Welding Department. TIG is the type of welding commonly used for delicate work and non-ferrous metals.

Wood-turned Bottle Stopper

Three hours

Learn to operate a woodturning lathe and create your own unique bottle stopper.

Woodworking

Three hours

After a basic introduction to woodworking with hand tools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home.

Wood Tile Block Carving

Two hours

Create a small wood tile through carving, texturing, cutting, smoothing, gluing, drilling, and painting.

Collaborative Team Projects

Want something to show off back at the office? More complex projects are possible with a collaborative team effort focused on a single work of art.

$95 per hour/per person, plus materials fee of $15 per person

Additional design fees of $250-$450 apply.

Glass Fused Mosaic

Most popular option for making your logo pop! Cut, shape, and color coordinate art sheet glass into a collective mosaic that represents a logo or graphic of your choice. can also create a steel frame for the mosaic tile. Teams over 12 participants.

3-, or 4- Hour Workshop
6 person min / 18 person max

Hanging Tile Project

Each participant creates a tile with their own unique design (or based around a chosen theme); depending on group size, tiles could be a variety of mediums. Tiles are then hung together to create a custom ‘quilt’ that can hang on a wall. Great option for larger groups!

3-, or 4- Hour Workshop
15 person min / 50 person max

Team Building Workshop FAQs

What are team building workshops?

Team building workshops include activities that encourage collaboration and teamwork, while having fun and getting creative together. Team builds boosts morale and strengthens partnerships among coworkers.

Who are these team building workshops for?

Team Building Workshops are for corporate, nonprofit, and private groups of friends, co-workers, or colleagues.

How many people do we need for a team building workshop?

Workshops are scalable and customizable to meet the needs of any group, from six to over 150 people.

What does our team learn in the workshop?

It is entirely up to you! At The Crucible, we offer 21 different workshops in 14 departments, allowing large groups to split up based on their individual interests and dive into things like Ceramics, Blacksmithing, and Fire & Performance.

What are the benefits of a team building workshop?

Group workshops encourage collaboration, problem-solving, and exploration. Holding an offsite for your company is a fast and fun way to encourage creative problem solving, boost employee morale and improve communication.

What are some good virtual team building activities?

From virtual happy hours to scavenger hunts, there are more options when it comes to bringing your team together online than ever before. You can also get creative as a team by taking an online art workshop or cooking class.

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