Artists and makers have always been the heart and soul of West Oakland. Before welders and fabricators came to 7th Street, musicians and artists in the 1950’s frequented storefronts and jazz clubs. As West Oakland and the Bay Area continue to evolve, The Crucible is forging a future for our neighbors and beyond that is dedicated to the arts, self-discovery, and lifelong learning. We’re all about empowering artists and makers of every age and background to learn, teach, and create.
At our Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction, we are honored to unveil a major piece of art created at The Crucible in honor of our 20th Anniversary by Chris Niemer, Jeff Pringle, Celeste Flores, Adrian Rodriguez, and Reed Peck-Kriss with support from numerous volunteers. This collaborative work started with locally sourced black sand, smelted to make iron, then forged into a commemorative 100-pound fire pit, supported by steel from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Unique and one-of-a-kind, the enduring impact of this piece represents our commitment to fire arts, the talents of our hardworking artistic community, and twenty more years of making in the Bay Area.