The Crucible’s Fire & Water Open House

Saturday, August 25, 2018 | 12 – 5pm

Join us at the end of the summer for a day of fine and industrial arts inspired by aquatic life and the most abundant natural resource! Nineteen of our departments will be celebrating water with art, fire, and fun, while raising awareness and funds for The Ocean Cleanup. The Ocean Cleanup is a nonprofit organization that is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Their assembly yard for the first cleanup system is in Alameda and will be focused on cleaning up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years.

Enjoy a carefully curated Crucible Art Gallery and a Youth Art Gallery, delicious beer from Old Kan Beer & Co, and cuisine from a local food truck and our neighbors Ground Level Snack Shop. And make sure to come ready for hands-on activities in Ceramics, Stone Working, Jewelry, then sign up for your next Crucible class, taking advantage of $25 off each one!

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.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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 free Crucible class! All are eligible to participate.

19 FINE & INDUSTRIAL ARTS DEPARTMENTS SHOW OFF

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

FOOD AND DRINKS

Enjoy delicious beer from Old Kan Beer & Co. at the Crucible bar, and snack on delicious treats from our neighbors Ground Level Snack Shop.

HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

RAKU FIRED CERAMICS

Glaze your own ceramic pot and watch it be Raku fired before your eyes. American Raku, or Western Raku, is a technique where glazed clay objects are placed in the kiln until they reach a temperature of 1400°F, then transferred to a small container of combustible materials and covered to reduce the amount of oxygen. Firing metal-rich glazes in high reduction environments creates vibrant, sparkling colors. There will  be many different ceramic pots available in all shapes and sizes, with two live raku firings at 1pm and 3pm. Pieces fired at 1pm will be ready for pick up anytime after 2:30pm, and those fired at 3pm will be ready anytime after 4:30pm.

COPPER STAMPING

Make a copper pendant of your own design in our Jewelry Department.

PLAY WITH CLAY

Create shapes from clay in our Ceramics department.

STONE CARVING

Carve into alabaster stone in our Stone Working department.

OPEN HOUSE BINGO

BINGO FOR 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!

ART GALLERIES

YOUTH ART GALLERY

This year, we are setting aside a special gallery to showcase the incredible work that students complete during our youth Summer CampsDrop off youth artwork between August 18 – 21 at the tool room, where you will fill out a submission form with general information and an art hold agreement. Let our community see the incredible work that students made during camps!

ADULT ART GALLERY

Our curated adult art gallery will feature work from adult and youth students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and studio renters. Vote for your favorite piece, and the winner will receive free tuition on a Crucible class.

VENDORS

SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS

There will be local vendors selling their wares and art, including ceramic pieces, jewelry, glass, artisanal bath supplies, sculptures, and much more!

MAD SCIENTIST TOOL SALE

We will be selling a surplus of industrial-grade art materials and tools. The following items will be for sale:

  • Sewing machines (3+) with tables
  • Pinch roller for laminating veneer of etc.
  • Delta table saw
  • Portable Sandblaster,  SandyJet F-90
  • Paragon Kiln Model #: TE-3000
  • Paragon kiln model #: GL 18GD
  • (2) Smaller kilns
  • (3) Electric hoists
  • Dumbwaiter
  • Empty misc. gas cylinders and tanks.  No valve stems.
  • LP grill, 2 burners. Explorer brand model #: EX60LW-3/  60K BTU output.
  • (1) large tank dolly w/ pneumatic wheels.
  • Misc. scientific glass
  • Misc. metal glass blowing pipes
  • Misc. stainless steel and valves
  • Custom built vertical Drill/ lathe.

ABOUT THE OCEAN CLEANUP

The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, moving with the currents – just like the plastic – to catch it. By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years’ time. Throughout the event, there will be opportunities for visitors to donate to support The Ocean Cleanup’s work ridding the ocean of plastic. The Crucible will also donate 50% off all tips collected at The Crucible Bar to the project.
This event is independent of, and not endorsed or sponsored by, The Ocean Cleanup.

GETTING HERE

The Crucible is conveniently located near BART and AC Transit. We encourage public transportation as our parking lot is small.

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

AC TRANSIT & 511.ORG
> Bus schedule
> More transit info

PARKING
The Crucible has a small parking lot on the corner of 7th & Union. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis, but will not be available during events. 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.

DIRECTIONS
From San Francisco 1. From the Bay Bridge, stay right and take 880 South 2. Stay in the right lane 3. Take the Union Street Exit marked “Alameda/Broadway” 4. At the bottom of the exit ramp go straight through the first traffic light. 5. The second traffic light is 7th Street. 6. 1260 7th Street is across the street to your left.

From North of Oakland 1. From 80/580 South get onto 880 South 2. Stay in the right lane 3. Take the Union Street Exit marked “Alameda/Broadway” 4. At the bottom of the exit ramp go straight through the first traffic light. 5. The second traffic light is 7th Street. 6. 1260 7th Street is across the street to your left.

From South of Oakland 1. 880 North 2. Take the Market Street exit toward “Harbor Terminal” (just after the exit for 980 North) 3. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right onto Market Street 4. Turn left at the traffic light onto 7th Street 5. Go three blocks to Union Street 6. 1260 7th Street is on your right.

From East of Oakland 1. Take Hwy 24/980 West 2. Take the 12th Street Exit 3. At the top of the exit ramp go straight to the 2nd traffic light 4. Turn right at the traffic light onto 7th Street 5. Go three traffic lights to Union Street 6. 1260 7th Street is on your right.

CONTACT

Questions about the 2018 Fire & Water Open House?

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