Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 6 – 10pm

Held at The Crucible, this artistic evening of fire and light begins with cocktails, followed by a delicious dinner, and fiery performances. Where else can you dine underneath a fire cloud and experience a spectacular performance designed by Crucible Founder Michael Sturtz? The evening continues with an exceptional live auction, where you can expand your art collection by bidding on stunning works by prominent local artists.

The 2018 Fire & Light Soiree and Art Auction, our signature fundraiser, sustains The Crucible’s one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs. You can make an exciting impact while celebrating in blazing style.

Honoree Charles R. Olson


Celebrate the contributions and vision of honoree Charles R. Olson, past President of the Crucible Board of Directors and Partner in the San Francisco law firm of Lubin Olson & Niewiadomski LLP. Charles’ long-time commitment to the industrial arts has left a lasting legacy. Charles has provided pro bono legal services to The Crucible on various land use, real estate and contract issues since The Crucible was located in Berkeley, and he was instrumental in helping The Crucible acquire its West Oakland building. He served for many years on the Crucible’s Emeritus Advisory Board, and served as President of the Crucible’s Board of Directors from 2012-2017. Through his consistent, stable leadership and counsel, the Crucible has grown to serve over 10,000 annually.


Fire & Light Honorary Committee

Fire & Light Honorary Co-Chairs

Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson

Fire & Light Honorary Committee

Fannie Allen and George Cogan
Daryl Austern and Carl Bass
Suzi and Dennis Bartels
Bruce and Laurence Beasley
Carla Hall
Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau
Jennifer Lewis and Ken Lowney
Kerri and Mark Lubin
Mayor Libby Schaaf
Michael Sturtz
Phillip H. Tagami
Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington

Art Auction

The Bay Area’s top artists will be donating art for the Soirée Art Auction. Expand your art collection by bidding on stunning works by prominent industrial artists. Raise your paddle to make a tax-deductible contribution that supports youth classes, camps, and programs that serve more than 5,000 young people annually. Your generosity keeps The Crucible’s fires burning.

Carl Bass

Cast bronze
8 x 8 x 16 in

Clifford Bohm

Rustic Knife Set
Leaf spring 5160 steel, ebony, stainless steel
3.25 in x 10 in x .625 in and 2 7/8 in x 12 1/2 in x .625 in

Warren Breslau

Dr. Seuss Coat Rack
TIG Welded Copper Tube
36 in x 75 in

Karen Cusolito

Study for “Canopy”
Mild steel, copper
16 in x 36 in x 42 in

Lancelot S. Fraser

Gesture Bottle – Big Orange
Blown and sculpted glass
9 in x 6 in x 23 in

Gregg Hessel

Candlestick Collection
Varied Dimensions

John Lewis

White Gold Steamer Vessel
Clear and black cast glass with white gold leaf
29 in x 8 in x 7 in

Kier Lugo

Vessel 3
Steel, sand etched and mirrored hand blown glass
14 in x 4 in x 25 in

Sean Orlando

Seed Drone
Steel, jute
36 in x 12 in

Byrd Pappas, with Drew Prober and Sam Schumacher

Custom fabricated bar cart*
Forged and fabricated steel and stainless steel; hand blown glass; hand crafted wood top of reclaimed white oak, maple, cherry, and wenge.
36 in x 34 1/4 in x 16 13/16 in
*Photo is representation

Alexis Pavlantos

Phylloida Cuff
Adjustable, 1/4 in wide

Colleen Paz

Kinetic Bug Jar
Glass, paper, electronics
2 in x 4 3/4 in;
1 1/2 in x 4 in

Reed Peck-Kriss

Popped a button
Forged steel, cast iron, copper rope
10 in x 10 in x 27 in

Sam Schumacher

Vacuum Bottle
Blown glass
16 in x 4 in

Alexander Smith

The Reactor!
Bronze, steel, and blown glass
17 1/2 in x 8 in

Michael Sturtz

Terra Madre
Carved alabaster
20 in x 15 in x 9 in (with base)

Vernon Theiss, Rikki Smeltzer, and CJ Martinez

Parure Jewelry Set
Various metals including nickel silver, brass, copper, sterling silver; lead-free powdered enamel, stones
Necklace: 14cm x 21.5cm on 20 in chain
Bracelet: approx 4.5 in
Earrings: 3cm x 8cm

The Crucible

Custom Crucible class: hands-on private workshop for your group
Three-hour workshop for 6-12 participants (depending on area chosen).
Date to be mutually agreed upon.

Fire & Light Soirée Sponsors


George A. Miller


Warren Breslau and Frances Hellman
George Cogan and Fannie Allen
Jeremy Crandell
Virginia Lincoln

James Madsen
Charles Olson and Yoko Watanabe
Sean Orlando and Roger Wu Sharon Simpson


Lauren and Steve Adams
Anonymous, in honor of Charles Olson
Lori and Skip Fogarty
Tim Irvin
Adam Lamoreaux and Alice Chen
Lapis Group Inc.
Elizabeth Meier
Leslie Pritchett
Julie Sigoloff
Vita Wells

We have opportunities for companies and individuals to play an important role in this event. See below for information about our sponsorship levels.

Photo Galleries

When sharing photos about our 2018 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, make sure to use #FireAndLight!

See below for photo galleries from our past Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction events:

2017 Soirée Photos

2016 Soirée Photos

For details on table sponsorships and event tickets, please contact: