GIFTY 2018: Holiday Celebration of Local Creative Culture

GIFTY 2018 Special Preview for Crucible Members:
Friday, December 14, 2018 | 7pm-9:30pm

Open for all:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 11am-5pm

At GIFTY 2018, dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best handmade pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With vendors showcasing exquisite pieces of jewelry, locally designed clothing and accessories, whimsical metal sculptures, practical ceramic tableware, and more, you are sure to find the perfect gifts for the toughest people on your list. Season treats, beverages, and holiday entertainers make this an event all ages can enjoy. And in the midst of your holiday shopping, don’t forget to check out exciting demonstrations by our expert faculty in Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry, and more! This is a great way to support local artists and learn more about the many different classes offered at The Crucible.



The Crucible’s GIFTY is an annual celebration of local creative culture that features art vendors, fiery demos, class discounts, giveaways, and fun for the entire family! Stay tuned for a full schedule of events and activities to be released closer to the date of the event.


Learn more about the different disciplines you can explore at The Crucible by watching demonstrations by our expert faculty in Glass Blowing, Blacksmithing, Foundry, Ceramics, and more!

Give the gift of a Crucible class to a loved one, friend, or partner-in-crime with Crucible gift certificates available for purchase.


If you register for a class during GIFTY, you will receive $25 off! Visit the Info Desk near the main stage to register, and while you’re there don’t forget to submit your name to the drawing for a free Crucible class! All are eligible to participate.


Practice your stamping skills while making a copper pendant of your own design in Jewelry, play with clay in Ceramics, or try out a wood planer in our wood shop.


Our neighbors will be setting up tents and pulling their food trucks up to tempt your palates. The Crucible Bar will serving festive drinks inside! Please note, some vendors are cash only.


Participate in our scavenger hunt to be entered to win a free kids’ bike – newly refurbished by our Bike Shop!


Don’t miss our special members-only preview night on Friday, December 14 from 7 – 9:30pm, where you can get first dibs on all of our incredible vendors! This invite-only event exclusive to members features the following perks:

  • Open bar
  • A special surprise gift🎁
  • Champagne toast with Susan Mernit, our Executive Director, at 8pm
  • Live iron smelting! See how iron is made on our blog.
  • Access to the VIP green room upstairs


Mall shopping was never like this! GIFTY is the perfect place to shop for all of your holiday needs. There will be over 60 local vendors selling their wares and art, including ceramic pieces, jewelry, glass, artisanal bath supplies, welded sculptures, and much more! Browse some of our featured vendors below. More will be added as we get closer to December 14!

The All Natural Beauty Formula for Ageless Skin
Unique flavors of low sugar organic jams
Jewelry Artist
Jewelry and Sculpture Artist
Human Rights Organization
Glass Artist

Art of the Earth

Functional and Decorative Handmade Clay Art

Artners In Grime

Metal Artists
Crucible Blacksmiths
Laser Cut Jewelry
Jewelry & Ceramics Artist
Artisan Confections
Jewelry Artist

Daniel Stauber

Fused Glass Art & Jewelry
Glass Artist
Jewelry Artist Co-op
Leather Bags, Belts, and Spats
Purveyor of Beautiful Silver Jewelry
Prints and Lamps
Jewelry Artist
Mixed Media Artist
Ceramics Artist
Jewelry and Accessories
Crucible Glass Artists
Jewelry, Glass Art, and More

Hartstring Jewelry

Fabrication Jeweler
Natural Soaps
Bathing Supplies Artist
Glass Artist
Clothing Designer & Painter
Leather & Textiles Artist
Jewelry Artisans
Jewelry Artist
Glass Artist
Handmade Watercolor Paint
Jewelry Artist
Shadowbox Artist
Visual Artist
Eco-Conscious Jewelry‎
Jewelry and Textile Artist
Jewelry Artist
Ceramics Artist
Textiles Artist
Handmade Paper Jewelry
One of a kind
Leather Handbags
Clay Artist
Natural Beauty Products
Modern Bags for Everyday
Textiles Artist
Metal Sculpture Artist
Hand-printed, nature-inspired apparel
Glass crafts for the home
Glass Artist
Jewelry Artist
Multimedia Artist
Jewelry Artist
Mixed Media Artist
Glass Artist
Fused & Slumped Glass Artist
Bathing Supplies Artist
Gluten Free Baked Goods

Getting Here

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

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

> Bus schedule
> More transit info

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.

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.

Map of Vendor Locations


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