fall open house 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017 | noon-5pm

Designed to give you a peek into the programs and events we run all year long, our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible! During this free community event, our expert faculty will give exciting demonstrations in 19 departments, including Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, and Foundry. This is a great way to learn more about the classes offered at The Crucible, while also exploring our expansive, 56,000-square-foot facility. Faculty and student art will be on display, showcasing the wide range of creativity found at The Crucible. On stage, Crucible community members will hold a youth panel discussion between amazing fire performances. Local art and food vendors will be on-site, and drinks are available at the Crucible bar inside. Come ready to register for classes, taking advantage of a special day-of discount available for all attendees!

We’ll see you on September 9 for an afternoon of art, community, and entertainment. This event is free and open to the general public. All are welcome! However, parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as our studio space does have some rough edges.


Learn more about the different disciplines you can explore at The Crucible by watching Crucible experts demonstrate their craft in 19 departments, including Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry, Ceramics, and more!

Art Gallery

Walk through our art gallery and peruse artwork from Crucible staff, students, faculty, and volunteers. Vote on your favorite three pieces – the winning artist will get free tuition on a Crucible class!

Bike Sale

We have a great selection of bicycles that have been fully rebuilt by our youth and volunteer mechanics. In addition to getting a sweet, reliable ride, your purchase supports our Youth Earn-A-Bike Program and Bike Fixathons.

Discounted Classes

If you register for a class during the open house, you will receive a $25 discount. You can register for classes at the Info Desk near the Art Gallery.

Free Class Drawing

Submit your name to a drawing for a free Crucible class! All are eligible to participate. Visit the Info Desk near the Art Gallery to enter.

Food and Beverages

Our neighbors will be setting up tents and pulling their food trucks up to tempt your palates. And we’ll have a bar serving drinks inside. Please note, some vendors are cash only.

Schedule of Events

1pm Fire Performance

Lara Hopwood – Poi, Fire Eating, and Rope Dart
Shaina Johnson – Fire Eating
Krissy Humphreys – Double Staff and Hoop
Satise Dizon – Double Staff
Amber Garrett – Poi

2pm Panel Discussion

In preparation for a similar panel at the upcoming National Guild for Community Arts Education conference in November, we will have a youth panel discussion focused on Preparing Youth to Join the Creative Workforce.

3pm Guided Tour

All guests are free to explore the studios during the open house. But for the inside scoop on what we have to offer, take a free, guided tour of our 56,000-square-foot facility at 3pm.

3:45pm Show

Lizzie Uscanga will give an encore of her Hot Couture performance, a playful skit featuring fire and local characters.

Support Local Artists

Daniel Stauber

Long-time Crucible instructor, Daniel Stauber will be selling his unique fused glass jewelry, kiln-formed glass, and small ceramic sculptures.

Heart’s Desire Jewelry

Established in 2004, Heart’s Desire Jewelry is an Oakland-based boutique design studio. Award-winning artist, Ann Marie Hodrick creates necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from responsibly-sourced, high-quality natural stones and rare organic elements.

Leda Contis

Leda Contis with Big Hair Fire and Glass will be selling kiln-formed art glass, created here during Glass Fusing & Slumping lab hours.

Ralph McCaskey & Lauren Ekman

Our two Glass Flameworking Department Heads will be selling a wide variety of glass treasures, including sakes, mushrooms, beads, marbles, pendants, critters, flowers, and jewelry. Prices range from 25 cents to $250.

Fire Selkie Creations

CJ Martinez’s Fire Selkie Creations will be selling bold enameled pendants, earrings, and custom jewelry.

Lee Granberg

Lee Granberg Art Glass specializes in making classy, fun, wearable art for men. Her collection of glass ties has been featured at our Hot Couture fashion show, and she describes the ties as a playful twist on what would normally be considered conservative fashion.

Questions about the 2017 Fall Open House?

If you would like more information about the event, email info@thecrucible.org or call (510) 444-0919.