2023 fire & light soirée

The Crucible’s 2023 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

The Crucible’s Annual Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction returns to West Oakland this spring. Join us for an unforgettable evening full of delicious food, craft cocktails, fiery demonstrations, captivating performances, and a live auction featuring luxury experiences and stunning work by local artists.

Your support will help us raise over $250,000 and ensure that, in the coming year, all young people have access to The Crucible’s Industrial Arts Program, regardless of background or income.

Our Fire & Light Soirée celebrates the transformative power of making and creative risk-taking. It is an occasion to recognize and pay tribute to the people who inspire us and help to safeguard the future of arts education in our community. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Purchase your 2023 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction tickets here. Table Sponsorships are also available.

Date and Time

Sat, May 20, 2023 | 6-10pm


Tickets: $400
Tables start at $5,000


The Crucible
1260 7th St., Oakland, CA 94606

Can’t make the party? Still want to support?

Freddie Moussa, Youth Honoree

Freddie Moussa has been interested in art since an early age. In 2021, at age 16, they joined our Fuego Youth Leadership Program, focusing on metal jewelry.

During their second summer as a Fuego Youth Leader, Freddie pushed the boundaries by expanding their jewelry-making into glass. They are drawn to statement jewelry and wearable art as a way of creating identity. 

Freddie has recently started as a Teaching Assistant in our Glass Flameworking department. This spring, they will graduate from Design Tech High School and plan to continue their metal and glass education in the fall at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Rudsdale High School, Community Honoree

Rudsdale High School is a Title 1 alternative education program located in Deep East Oakland. In 2022, students and educators from Rudsdale began attending Crucible workshops as part of a three-year Arts Incentive Grant, designed to connect OUSD schools with alternative arts education opportunities.

Not only have Rudsdale students and educators continued to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the past school year, but the community has also been coping with the aftermath of an incident of on-campus gun violence.

Despite these challenges, students and educators have shown immense passion and dedication to their arts practice, exploring creative career pathways and using art-making as a way to heal together. Some participating students have even begun selling their work.

As our 2023 Community Honoree, we recognize the incredible heart, resilience, and tenacity, that is Rudsdale High School’s community of students and educators.

Fire & Light Soirée Entertainment

DJ Speakeasy Ray

Tunes provided by the legendary Bay Area DJ

Glass Blowing Demos

See our Glass Blowing faculty perform live demos during cocktail hour

Emcee D'Arcy Drollinger

Bay Area drag icon, D’Arcy Drollinger, will keep you laughing throughout the evening

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Enjoy a special performance by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, accompanied by a Foundry bronze pour

Sponsor A Table, Make A Difference

Sponsoring a Soirée table is an exciting way to give to our nonprofit. Make an impact, introduce The Crucible to your friends, and join us for a fun evening of fire and light.

Live Auction

Bid on stunning works by prominent Bay Area industrial artists and one-of-a-kind exclusive experiences. Every purchase supports our Youth Industrial Art Program.

Thank you to the generous artists and organizations for your contributions to our auction.

To see a larger image of the artwork, click on the photo.

Sam Schumacher_soiree 2023

“Wine-A-Saurus” Wine Decanter and Pair of Wine Glasses

Sam Schumacher

Blown Glass
Decanter: 16” x 5.5” x 8.5”
Wine Glasses: 8.5” x 3”
Estimated Retail Value: $900

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Rob Nehring

Welded Mild Steel
29” x 12” x 27”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,000

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Luxury Jewelry Design Experience

Rikki Smeltzer

Your choice of precious or semi-precious gemstones, and sterling silver setting
Estimated Retail Value: $1,000

Rocky Boikanyo_soiree 2023

A surprise piece designed and fabricated by former Feugo Youth Leader, Rakau “Rocky” Boikanyo

Estimated Retail Value: $750

Eric White_soiree 2023

Case of Wine, Sommelier, and 8-person glass blowing demonstration

Eric White

Estimated Retail Value: $2,500

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“Horizon” Series

Erik Eiserling

Blown Glass
30” x 7”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,900

David Page_soiree 2023

Oversized Chessboard and Pieces

David Page

Maple and Walnut Woods with a Variety of Veneers
Estimated Retail Value: $2,000

Pixar_soiree 2023

Exclusive Pixar Animation Studios Tour For Up To 8 People

Pixar Animation Studios and Elliot Simons

Estimated Retail Value: $2,000

Gregg Hessel_soiree 2023

Set of 5 Copper Candlesticks from the “Originals” Series

Gregg Hessel

6.75” – 21.5” tall
2.5” – 5” wide
Estimated Retail Value: $1,200

Andrea Blasich_soiree 2023

Bronze “BLM” Sculpture, Pour, and Casting Experience

Andrea Blasich

17” x 10” x 5”
Estimated Retail Value: $4,500

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Adrian Rodriguez

Salvage industrial pipe donated to The Crucible by the Port of Oakland
4” x 13”
Estimated Retail Value: $2,500

Ridge_soiree 2023

Ridge Library Tour & Tasting for up to 6 people, plus 2 custom glass bead wine stoppers

Eric White and Lauren Ekman

Stainless steel bases and flameworked Italian soft glass beads 2023
4.25” x 1”
Estimated Retail Value: $690

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Botanic ally-Dyed Vintage Table Linen Set

Verenice Berroa-Torres

100% Linen
Tablecloth: 118” x 66”; Lap Napkins: 16” x 16”; Fingertip Napkins: 6” x 6”; Table Runner: 17” x 57”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,000

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“To Go With Your Big Boy Shoes”

Freddie Moussa

Flameworked Glass
36” long
Estimated Retail Value: $500

Grace Street Catering_soiree 2023

Catered Dinner for 10 Guests Plus Glass Blowing Demonstration

Grace Street Catering

Estimated Retail Value: $3,500

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Smithed Side Table and Plant Stand

Celeste Flores

Smithed Bronze/Brass With Ash Wood Top 2023
Side Table: 16.75” x 16.75” x 23.75”
Plant stand: 8” x 8” x 15”
Estimated Retail Value: $3,500

Oakland As_soiree 2023

Two Oakland Athletics Exclusive Passes: 4 Batting Practice Passes and an 18-person Luxury Suite During A 2023 Season Game

Oakland Athletics and Colette Lucas-Conwell

Estimated Retail Value: $2,500

Phoebe Deutsch_soiree 2023

“Spring Sea Rising”

Phoebe Deutsch

Ceramic Sculpture
14” x 9” x 9”
Estimated Retail Value: $1,200

Clifford Bohm_soiree 2023

Chef’s Knife and Cleaver Set

Clifford Bohm

Recycled Spring Steel (5160)
Chef’s knife: 13.5” x 2” Cleaver: 12” x 2.75”
Estimated Retail Value: $600

California Claro Walnut Charcuterie Board and Serving Bowl

Jolie Karno

California Claro Walnut
Bowl: 12” x 4”
Charcuterie Board: 28.5” x 10” x 1”
Estimated Retail Value: $600

Hiroki Fukushima_soiree 2023

Person: Kagero

Hiroki Fukushima

Forged Iron
26” x 7.5” x 7.5”
Estimated Retail Value: $500

Birdcage Raffle

Bid on the key that unlocks our vintage birdcages, and win one of our luxury jewelry prizes!

Compass Rose Design_soiree 2023

Cut-Steel Antique Button & Star-cut Onyx Necklace and Ancient Echoes Earrings with Black Crystal

Compass Rose Design

Gemstones, steel, and glass
Estimated Retail Value: $508

Cast jewelry_soiree 2023

Bombshell Stitch Ring

Kristy Ford for Cast Jewelry

100% recycled silver
Estimated Retail Value: $500

Can’t Attend 2023 Fire & Light Soirée?

You can still show your commitment to The Crucible’s mission.

Thank you for making The Crucible’s 2023 Fire & Light Soirée possible

Corporate Sponsors

Forge Sponsor

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Flame Sponsor

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Torch Sponsors

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Individual Sponsors

Forge Sponsor

Virginia Lincoln

Torch Sponsor

B Byrne Astrella
Jeremy Crandell
Craig Croteau
Shawnee Keck
Melanie Moore
Joyce Shulman
Renée Ventimiglia

Thank you to our beverage sponsors

Fire & Light Committee


Melanie Moore
Joyce Shulman


B Byrne Astrella
Jeremy Crandell
Shaina Johnson
Shawnee Keck
Renee Ventimiglia

The Crucible Board

Melanie Moore, President
Julie Sigoloff, Vice President and Secretary
Jeremy Sugerman, Treasurer

B Byrne Astrella
Ken Cassidy
Jeremy Crandell
Craig Croteau

Zeydi Gutierrez
Greg Hansen
Cindy Johanson
Tasion Kwamilele

Shawnee Keck
Joyce Shulman
Taj Wilson
Alex Zwissler