Saturday, September 7, 2019 12–5pm

Join us for a day of creativity, awe-inspiring demonstrations, and tons of free activities for you and your friends and family. At our upcoming Fall Open House, our faculty will be on hand demonstrating techniques in blacksmithing, woodworking, and glass flameworking—just to name a few. You can also get hands-on with free events in clay, leather, welding, and stone carving. Plus, we’ll have live performances throughout the day, multiple galleries to explore, food trucks, and even a kids bike raffle.

This event is free and open to the public—all are welcome! Parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as our studio space does have some rough edges. We look forward to spending the day with you, and inspiring your next creative journey.

Why You Have To Visit Our 2019 Fall Open House

Two Art Galleries

Explore our two curated galleries, featuring work from our community members, Fuego Youth Leaders, and summer camp teachers and students. Vote for your favorite art piece and the winning three artists will receive a goodie bag of special prizes!


Learn more about the different disciplines you can explore at The Crucible by watching Crucible experts demonstrate their craft in 17 departments, including Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry, Ceramics, and more!

Discounted Classes

During the Open House, every Crucible class is $25 off! Come ready to register! And don’t forget to submit your name for a chance to win a $250 promotional voucher towards a Crucible class! All are eligible to participate.

Food, Drinks, and Coffee

Inside, we will be serving wine and beer graciously donated by Old Kan Beer & Co. Outside, local food vendors will be serving delicious meals and our neighbors, Orbit Coffee and Doughnuts, will have java from their coffee cart. Please note, some vendors are cash only.

Local Vendors

There will be local vendors selling their wares and art, including candles from Musky Trails, artisan jams from Adult Jams, bath products from Iyoba Body Essentials, and more!

Win A Bike

Play our special Open House Bingo! Think of it as a checklist for all of the incredible things to do and see at our Open House. Submit your completed card to the info booth and be entered to win a kids’ bike, newly refurbished by our Bike Shop!

The Moments You Don’t Want To Miss

Enjoy specialty industrial arts demonstrations and live performances by Crucible community members

12:30pm: What Is Wet Welding?

Location: MIG Welding

12:45pm: Foundry Pour in Bronze

Location: Foundry Department 

1:00pm: Executive Director Susan Mernit Says Hi

Location: Main Stage

1:15pm: Fire Performance

Location: Main Stage

1:30pm Blacksmithing demo

Location: Blacksmithing

1:45pm: Enameling With A Torch

Location: Jewelry & Enameling

2:00pm: Capturing Hearts With Glass Beads

Location: Glass Flameworking

2:15pm: Prescott Circus Theatre

Location: Main Stage

2:30pm Blowing Venetian-Style Goblets

Location: Glass Blowing

3:00pm: How to Make a Silicone Mold

Location: Moldmaking

3:15pm: Fire Performance

Location: Main Stage

3:30pm: Decorative Sandblasting and Engraving

Location: Glass Casting & Coldworking

3:45pm: Making Multiples with Slipcasting

Location: Ceramics

4:15pm Bronze Foundry Pour

Location: Foundry Department 

Stay tuned for more event updates soon!

Your Chance To Get Hands-On

Copper Stamping

Make a copper pendant, stamped with your own design for a small fee in our Jewelry Department.


Our talented faculty will be offering face painting for a small fee, between $4-20 depending on size.
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Glass Fusing

Add your own piece of pre-fired fused glass to create a beautiful community mosaic!

Indigo Dyeing

Naturally-dye your own bandana in indigo and create patterns in the sunshine, put on by our Leather, Textiles, and Fine Arts Department. 18″x12″ cloth available for $5.


Practice your stamping skills in our Leather Working Department. (Free!)

Play With Clay

Create shapes with clay in our Ceramics Department. (Free!)

Stone Carving

Carve into alabaster stone in our Stone Working department. (Free!)

Wet Welding

Try your hand at welding under water using and ARC welder, we promise it’s not as scary as it works.

Thank You To Our 2019 Fall Open House Sponsors

Flax Art & Design

Make sure you vote for your favorite art pieces in our three Art Galleries. The winning three artists will each win a $25 gift certificate to Flax, plus other additional prizes!

Old Kan Beer & Co.

Old Kan Beer & Co. graciously shows their support at Crucible events by donating beer to our upstairs and downstairs bars.
OMCA at The Crucible Fall Open House 2019


We’re excited to have the support of our friends at Oakland Museum of California who will also be contributing a prize to the gallery winners.

Get to The Crucible’s 2019 Fall Open House

The Crucible is conveniently located near BART and AC Transit. We encourage public transportation as there will be no on-site parking available.


From the West Oakland BART Station, exit onto 7th Street, turn right and walk 2 blocks east to Union. The Crucible is on the northwest corner of 7th & Union at 1260 7th Street. To plan your BART trip, visit

AC Transit &

> Bus schedule

> More transit info


There will be no parking available at The Crucible for the Fall Open House. Street parking is available on 7th Street to the west of Union. Please do not block the Union Street entrance marked in red, the 7th Street entrance, or the roll up doors. Please do not park in lots owned by local businesses—they will tow your car.

Questions? Contact Us
(510) 444-0919