Be a Vendor at The Crucible’s 2013 Playa Bound Open House!

Sell your handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and accessories, utility supplies, gadgets, furniture, ceramics, glass and metal creations, neon art and more to eager, Playa-bound shoppers in our massive indoor warehouse in West Oakland.

>> Playa Bound Vendor Application Form

Application Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2013

We are hosting this event to raise awareness of our classes in the fine and industrial arts. We strongly encourage selling work that fits with The Crucible‘s classes such as metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, neon, ceramics and other industrial arts. Special consideration will also be given to crafts and supplies geared towards the Burning Man event held in the Black Rock City desert in August/September. 

The Crucible’s Playa Bound Open House features: 

  • kids’ activities
  • student and faculty art sale 
  • a bicycle sale
  • industrial art demonstrations
  • fire performances
  • food and refreshments from local food trucks 

If you would like to check out the space before applying please feel free to attend one of our studio tours held Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm (except during holidays and events).  Booth and table spaces are assigned in order of completed applications forms and submitted fees.

All Proceeds benefit participating artists and The Crucible’s arts education programs. Please read through this page of event rules and information. By supporting The Crucible, you are helping to keep accessible art education and community programs alive in the Bay Area.

The Crucible staff and community thank you for your support!

If you are interested in sharing a table or booth with another artist, please contact Andrea via email: 

Event dates & times:

Saturday June 22, 2013 11am to 6pm • Free Admission

Application Deadline

Friday, June 7, 2013

Contact Persons
Please contact our event manager with any questions:
Phone: 510.444.0919

Juried Event
All vendors for this event will be juried in order to gauge suitability for this event. While we invite and accept many kinds of media and creative expression, we are especially interested in vendors who create in media that are offered in Crucible classes or are related to Burning Man in some way. Jury will consist of The Crucible staff.

Arts & Crafts –
Commercial Vendors

We promote the sales of original, handmade, non-mass produced work by the artist in any media. Services offered may not be competitive to The Crucible.

Unacceptable are kits, imports, commercial reproductions (except your own cards), any food and drink or re-recorded music. Artists must be present to sell their own work. Your allotted space may not be used by anyone other than yourself unless they have prior written permission from The Crucible.

Vendors are solely responsible for complying with any regulations governing sale of their work. All external entertainers must be hired by The Crucible in order to avoid sound conflicts and to comply with city permits. 

Application Fees

$200 for 10’x10′ Booth Space (table not included)
$150 for 6’x 8′ Table Space (table not included)
$25 table + 2 chairs rental  (optional)

Your space rental fee includes a $10 non-refundable application fee.  If your application is not accepted, your rental fees less the $10 fee will be refunded.

Your space rental fees go toward supporting The Crucible’s arts education programs.

You may pay your fees by credit card when you submit your online application form.  If you wish to pay by check or money order, please mail with a printed copy of your application.   All fees must be paid in full by application deadline.

How to Apply

Note: Early applicants will have more promotional opportunities including being a “Featured Artist” on our website and printed materials.

1) Fill out the Vendor Application Form and include links to photos or attachments

2) On your application form, please include a link to pictures that accurately represent the work you wish to sell.  If you do not have pictures online, email us at least two representative photos.  Photos should be 300 dpi and at least 3″.  Photos will be used to determine if work juried is the same as that which is in your booth. Photos should be in focus with a solid background. Some photos may be used in the media for publicity or used on The Crucible web site or printed materials. Email photos to

3) Payment accepted via credit card in the Crucible store. Checks can be sent to The Crucible with a printed copy of your Vendor Application Form. Cash accepted during office hours only.  ATM on site.  All booth, table rental fees must be paid in full by application deadline.

Dates, Acceptance & Cancellations

Application deadline is June 7, 2012. We will contact you on or before June 10, 2012 to let you know whether you have been accepted. Please do not call for results.

Once you have been accepted, there will be no refunds for cancellation.

In case of a natural disaster the event may be canceled at the discretion of The Crucible. Call (510) 444-0919 for information that morning. No refunds or payments will be made if event is canceled. 

Setup Info

Friday June 21st 4pm-8pm

Any vendor not at The Crucible set up or setting up by 10am Saturday, June 22nd will forfeit their place and lose their booth/table fee.

Vendors are required to vend entire length of event.

Please leave adequate room so that pedestrians may walk freely in front of your setup. Do not block wheelchair ramps or fire safety equipment. 

We will allow vehicles in our front parking lot for load in and load out. Vehicles will NOT be allowed into the building. All vehicles must be out of the parking lot by 10:00 am on Saturday. We will only allow vehicles back into the parking lot for load out after 6pm when the public is safely out. 

Additonal Info

Multiple artists may share a booth or table. We will accept full payment for a booth from only one person, however. The Crucible reserves the right to refuse booth space to anyone for any reason, at our discretion and agreement.

ATM Machine on site.  Free wifi available.

After receiving your application and fees, and upon approval, The Crucible will assign booths a 10′ frontage x 10′ deep area and tables an 8′ frontage x 6′ deep area.  You provide all that you will need: chairs, tables, pop ups, garbage can, extension cord, clip lights. Electricity is available with prior arrangement only.  Power strips and extension cords are NOT provided.  We also have a limited number of tables and chairs available for a $25 rental fee, includes 1 table and 2 chairs.

The Crucible is a working metal shop. Our foundry staff may perform a live bronze pour during this event. The foundry is not a quiet area and those with an unusual sensitivity to noise, such as those with hearing aids, may want to arrange for placement away from the foundry area. Please let us know ahead of time if this is a concern.

The Crucible, being a 56,000 sq ft warehouse, is usually the same temperature as outside.  Please dress accordingly. We do not allow personal heaters of any type. 

Crucible Staff and Volunteers will be there to help with any problems. They are in communication with security, police and medical staff for handling any serious problems.

Please keep literature distribution and clipboard activity behind your table. Firecrackers or “snap-pop” type products, individual booth sound systems, food sales, food sampling, alcohol, or any hazardous or dangerous products are not allowed. No game booths, no cash prizes or live animals are allowed.

All booths, tables and unsold artwork must be removed from The Crucible premises by June 23rd.

Legal Stuff

Applicant hereby releases and agrees to hold harmless and to not bring a lawsuit, arbitration of other action claim of proceeding against The Crucible or its members, directors, employees, agents, subcontractors, representatives, attorneys, brokers, insurers, lenders, officers, partners, successors or volunteers.

This Release includes but is not limited to any claim, loss, expense, and liability that Applicant may suffer, whether by reason of breach of or failure of The Crucible to perform in any manner any part of its obligations related to the 2013 Playa Bound Summer Open House or by any reason of any act of omission of The Crucible.

This Release includes but is not limited to every type of personal injury, property damage and damage of business interest, whether caused by The Crucible or a third party, natural or human-made disaster, or animal.

By applying to be a vendor, you agree to these terms.