Still Time For Summer Fun
Family Fun Weekends
Get Fired Up For Fall
Download our new catalog and schedule
Fall Registration Begins

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming Events
Fall Community Open House
Design Within Reach
American Craft Show
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House

News & Updates
Call for Artists & Vendors for Holiday Gifty
The Crucible Gets Even More Accessible
Old Jewelry Gets New Life for a Good Cause
2008 Fire Arts Festival Recap
Faculty Focus

Still Time For Summer Fun!

Family Fun Weekends
August 16-17th and August 23-24th

Youth summer camps at The Crucible are running at near full capacity, but you can still have a great weekend with your family exploring and learning new things together – like how to make a welded sculpture for your yard, jewelry of your own design, a glass ornament, or an illuminated sculpture.

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Get Fired Up For Fall


Download the new Course Catalog
and Fall Schedule today!

Open registration begins August 7th; classes begin September 22nd. Crucible members can register NOW for fall classes! If you haven’t received your new catalog and fall class schedule in the mail, you can find it on line, at your favorite pick-up spot throughout the Bay Area, or drop by The Crucible to pick one up.  Check out all the great classes on tap for 2008-2009, and plan for fall fun.

If you have previous experience in Blacksmithing, and an interest in sword making or medieval arts, you’ll appreciate our exciting fall classes in Bladesmithing (September 22nd) and Medieval Helmet Making with Tom Hugenin (October 4th).   Those with experience in Jewelry can participate in the three-day Radical Jewelry Makeover Project, and help transform old unused jewelry into new designs that will be sold to benefit mining reform efforts that will decrease mining waste.

If you’ve never had experience with fire, glass or metal before, no problem – there are tons of classes where you can give it a try – whether you just want to dabble for a day or weekend, or totally immerse yourself for weeks. Classes in our schedule marked with the gear symbol qualify for our “Working Together Discount,” where you can get up to $40 off when you register for an introductory class and a continuing class at the same time.


Fall Open House
A Celebration of Art and Community

September 6, 2008 12-6 PMIf you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind that big roll-up door at The Crucible, come visit and get acquainted! Featuring an expo of community organizations that bring vital and important services to our diverse neighborhood, and an art show highlighting the talents of our students and faculty, Open House is a wonderful way to experience many of the fabulous things West Oakland has to offer.  This is a family-friendly event with hands-on activities for the kids, amazing performances, food and fun for all ages—and it’s FREE!

Event Activities Include:

  • An expo of amazing organizations committed to serving Oakland communities
  • A Fiery metal pour in our foundry
  • Tasty Food & Refreshments
  • Fabulous live performances of fire,
    music and dance
  • Exciting live demonstrations including welding, glass working, metal casting, and blacksmithing
  • Student art show displaying the creativity of The Crucible{Click Here to Learn More}

1770 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510.524.1994
Directions: Click here

The Crucible at Design Within Reach Berkeley

Thursday August 14th 6:30-8:30PM
Join us for a wonderful evening at DWR’s Berkeley studio where we will share the excitement of designing and creating art of your own at The Crucible.  After a short video presentation about The Crucible, faculty and staff members will join volunteers and students in sharing their experiences and showing work done at The Crucible.  Refreshments will be served, along with wines compliments of Robert Mondavi Winery, and lots of time for Q&A.


American Craft Show
August 16th 10AM – 6PM
The Crucible’s restored 1960 International fire truck will bring demonstrations of welding, torch cutting, blacksmithing, and glass flameworking to The American Craft Show on Saturday only.  Held at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, The American Craft Show presents the work of 250 glassblowers, woodturners, welders, jewelry designers, and other craft artists. See the best of American craft and enjoy wine tasting, lectures on craft and design, and demonstrations. The work you see here will amaze and inspire you.

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Santa knows that all your friends and family want handmade goodies from the Gifty!


Holiday Gifty Art Sale
and Open House

December 13 & 14  10AM – 4PMHowever you celebrate the holidays, heat ‘em up with a visit to The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration, where you can shop for unique and affordable gifts created by over 60 Bay Area artisans, and experience the excitement of The Crucible with activities and fun for all ages.

FREE ADMISSION makes your holiday purchases even more affordable; take BART and save even more!

Check our website for complete information and list of vendors to come soon.

News & Updates

Call for Artists & Vendors for Holiday Gifty Art Sale
Application Deadline is November 3rdThe Crucible’s Gifty is an ideal venue to sell your handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass beads, vases, ornaments, baubles, recycled steel sculptures, neon wall art, etc. to eager holiday shoppers in our massive indoor warehouse in West Oakland.   This is an event to raise awareness of our classes in the fine and industrial arts, so we strongly encourage selling work that fits with The Crucible’s classes. Special consideration will be given to metalwork, jewelry, glasswork, neon and other media that are related to The Crucible’s programs.

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The Crucible Gets Even More Accessible

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the combined efforts of Crucible staff, faculty, youth students and community members, we will soon have a decorative and functional wheelchair ramp for our studio.  You can see the work in progress at our Open House in September, and a festive reception will be held upon completion of the ramp.  Stay tuned for more news about this exciting project.

The Radical Jewelry Makeover Project
Old Jewelry Gets New Life for a Good CauseAs part of this project sponsored by the non-profit organization, Ethical Metalsmiths, jewelry donations will be accepted at The Crucible from August 11th through September 11th.  Donors will receive a dollar discount for their donated pieces, which can be used toward the purchase of a “Makeover” piece at the final exhibition at the Velvet da Vinci gallery in San Francisco in October.  For more information visit

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Copper Lantern – photo by Eric Gillet

Our 8th Annual Fire Arts Festival was a tremendous success—thanks to all the creative folks who helped make it extraordinary, many great stories in the press, and over 10,000 enthusiastic attendees.  Our thanks to everyone who attended, participated in, volunteered for, shared photographs, or otherwise helped create this fabulous event.

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Faculty Focus

photo by Edgar Lee

To learn more about Jay and to
view his work, visit his website

Jay will be teaching these classes in the Fall:  Core Vessel Forming, Continuing Techniques in Glass Flameworking, and Advanced Techniques in Flameworking.

Jay Bridgland
Department Head – Glass FlameworkingOriginally from London, Jay heads The Crucible’s Glass Flameworking Department; he also owns Bridgland Studios, an Oakland-based glass art studio.  The art of glass flameworking is an intimate relationship of shaping and blowing molten glass in a torch with a 50000 F flame, fueled by oxygen and propane, using traditional tools and techniques. Jay continually seeks to redefine the concept of glass artwear and to explore the limitless possibilities of expressing fashion through glass.  He brings this passion to his students at The Crucible; his drive for perfection of technique and development of style takes him on an annual trek to Murano, Italy, the mecca of Italian art glass, to work with classical Italian glass maestros.

Halstead Bead, Inc recently awarded Jay a business development grant, which will allow him to continue developing his art and his business.  Jay credits The Crucible as an important influence in his career.  “Teaching at The Crucible over the past five years has given me the opportunity to grow my work and ideas into a unique vision and a solid direction.” says Bridgland, “ It’s enabled me to give back to the community, sharing my vision of artistic purpose and the rewarding challenges of working with molten glass with people of all ages.”

Join The Crucible Team:

Join The Crucible Team

We are always looking for talented instructors who have a passion and skill to share.  If you have a great idea for a class, or are qualified to teach skills in metal, fire, light and more, we want to talk to you.  Contact Rob Nehring to learn more about becoming a part of The Crucible.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
The Crucible does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, national or ethnic origin or sexual orientation.