Class Highlights
Last Chance for Fall Classes
Holiday Taster Workshops
Winter Schedule is Here!

Hot New Classes for Winter
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
10th Anniversary Fire Ballet Fundraiser

The Crucible Recommends
The Crucible Holiday Gift Guide
Plasma Nation – Float Gallery
Celebrating Craftwomen
Girls Welding Reception

Faculty Focus
Tara Murray – Glass Flameworking

Ways to Give the Gift of Art
eBay Giving Works Program

Join The Crucible Community
Call for Instructors

Last Chance for Fall Classes

Calling all fire eaters – here’s a chance to refine your skill and learn new performance techniques from Kristina Cañizares, founder of The Nekyia and veteran performer of many legendary Crucible shows.  Fire Eating & Beyond intensive workshop runs December 13-14th.

Learn the ceramic Art of Raku at a weekend intensive workshop December 6-7th.  Bring in your own completed bisque fired pieces and find out how to use organic materials and fire to create incredible surface textures using this exciting process.

Raku Fired Ceramic Piece
by artist Kathleen Fernald


Get a taste of fire at our Holiday Taster Workshops

Where else can you learn a specialized skill and create a unique piece of art in just three hours? There are still some slots available, but register now to be sure you get into the class you want. Workshops run December 6-7th and would make a great early holiday gift or get you started on making gifts of your own.  Choose morning or afternoon classes in blacksmithing, sand casting, glass fusing or flameworking, jewelry making, and resin casting.

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Winter Class Schedule – Hot off the press!

Crucible Members can register now for classes; open registration begins November 25th. If you haven’t received your schedule in the mail, look for it at your favorite pick-up spots around the Bay Area or download a copy here.


Five new classes have been added this winter:


Creative Clay Exploration for Parent & Child (3-5 Years)
Feb 11- Apr 1 | Wednesdays | 3 – 4PM | with Tachina Rudman
Enjoy this special time together as you gently explore the world of clay using art and fun simple movements. sign up now

Clay Together for Parent & Child (5-7 Years)
Feb 11- Apr 1 | Wednesdays | 4-5:30PM | with Tachina Rudman
Take off together into a world of clay and fun. You’ll build magical creatures and worlds for them to explore, pinch pots, make masks and more. sign up now


Viking Knit with Art Silver Clay
March 7 – 8 | Sat & Sun | 10AM – 2PM | with Arlene Hildebrand Mornick
Form a silver wire bracelet using the ancient art of Viking Knit, one of the oldest known forms of knitting, a looping technique that pre-dates traditional knitting by centuries. sign up now

Enameled Beads
April 4 – 5 | Sat & Sun | 10AM – 5PM | with Rodney Kessler
This class uses preformed shapes, tubing and shapes you fabricate from copper or fine silver. Coating with dry sifted and liquid enamels develops colors and designs, then enhances with foils, seed beads and decals for beads that can be components in larger pieces or stand on there own. sign up now


Sculpt the Human Form with Welded Metal
Jan 31 – Mar 8 | Sat & Sun | 10AM – 1PM | with Pierre Riche
You will be shown how to construct an anatomically correct skeletal framework as an armature. Once the armature is established you will learn how to model and sculpt volume and mass to achieve desired results. You’ll leave this class with a dynamic welded metal human form sculpture. sign up now



Holiday Gifty Art Sale and Open House FREE ADMISSION!
December 13th & 14th   10AM – 4PM

Find the hottest holiday gifts at our Holiday Gifty Art Sale, probably the Bay Area’s most unusual shopping experience.  Shop for fabulous handcrafted holiday gifts while experiencing art in action in our vast West Oakland studio space where furnaces roar, sparks fly, and imagination runs wild.   The 70 artisans generously donate a portion of their proceeds to support the arts education programs here at The Crucible, so by shopping at the Gifty you support both local artists and arts education.  We hope you will share this information, and invite you to come on down and experience the holidays Crucible-style with us.

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Ezme Designs
Violet Star Creations
Paco Collars
Meri Page Design
Paula Chan


The Crucible’s 10th Anniversary Fire Ballet Fundraiser TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Dracul: Prince of Fire
January 7-10 and 14-17, 2009
Gala Performance: January 17
Every year we celebrate our Anniversary with something spectacular, and this year we will mark a decade of flames with another stunning Fire Ballet Fundraiser, Dracul: Prince of Fire.  A dark tale of power and passion, undying love, fire and blood, set to Philip Feeney’s dramatic music, Dracul reveals the beginning of the vampire legend in a way only The Crucible could imagine.  It’s serious ballet with a bite!

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Parental Note: This show contains mature content and situations that may not be suitable for young children.



The Crucible’s Holiday Gift Guide

Still having trouble finding the right gift for that special maker, tinkerer, artist or do-it-yourselfer on your list?

• Crucible T-Shirt
• Crucible Hoodie
• Tickets to Dracul: Prince of Fire
• Crucible Membership
• Donate in Someone’s Name

• Gift Certificate (the ultimate gift)
Available in any amount over $50, redeemable for classes, events,
memberships or merchandise, so your recipients get exactly what
they want.

To purchase any of these gifts, visit The Crucible’s Main Office.
Open: Monday-Thursday 10AM to 7PM & Friday 10AM to 2PM.


Float Gallery
1091 Calcot Place #116
Oakland, CANow through January 10th

Check out Plasma Nation, a group show of plasma and neon sculptors including several members of The Crucible community, Norman Moore, Ed Kirshner, David Hollister and Michael Pargett.  The exhibit runs through January 10th at this interesting combination art gallery and floatation center, where you can contemplate art and your inner space all in one visit.

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Celebration of Craftswomen
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason, SF
Sat & Sun | Nov 29-30 & Dec 6-7This annual event is always a great way to kick off holiday shopping and support women artists, including The Crucible’s Judy Stone who heads up the Enameling department. Visit us at The Crucible’s information table Nov 29-30 to say howdy!

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Girls Welding Reception

Please join us for a reception on December 4th from 6-8 pm to celebrate our Girls Welding Art Gallery here at The Crucible.  This reception honors West Oakland young women who are creating self-portraits using the art of welding. In a seven-week workshop, KIPP Middle School students collaborated with Crucible artists to learn about welding and then design their own welded sculpture project, self-portraits.  We hope you join us for this wonderful event!

To RSVP or for more information about this event, please contact Kristy Alfieri at 510-444-0919, extension 113.


Illuminated Sculpture

Bedford Gallery in the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CAJan 7- Feb 22 | Opening Reception January 11th

Light up the dark short days of winter with a visit to this collection of luminous artwork curated by The Crucible’s own Christian Schiess.  An award-winning artist and author, Christian chairs the Neon & Light Art Department here, and the show features works by several Crucible artists, including Mary White, Billy Hiebert, Michael Sturtz, Nick DiPhillipo, Rob Nehring, Norman Moore, Ed Kirshner, Michel Curry, Joey Gottbrath, Kitty Hundley and more.  Plan to join us for a special opening reception on Sunday, January 11th from 3-5PM to meet and greet the artists.

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Artwork by Rob Nehring

Artwork by Rob Nehring



image by Sherri Thai
Crucible glass artist Tara Murray wins 2nd place
in Female Flame-Off competition

The 3rd Annual Female Flame-Off was recently held in Berkeley, where competitors from throughout the U.S. participated in the three-day event, competing in 3 different categories: Functional, Wearables, and Mystery Box.  Tara selected Mystery Box, in which a random theme was chosen out of a box. The theme was punk rock, and her winning entry was a set of four small sculptures: an anarchy symbol behind three hands giving a universally understood gesture.  An auction was held to sell the pieces, with proceeds going to the New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA).Tara teaches adult and youth classes in glass flameworking, and also donates a lot of her time to our youth and community outreach programs, giving demonstrations and leading workshops.  Much of Tara’s work is focused on creating sculpture and jewelry with a sense of narration and realism, reflecting and re-imagining the natural world within the glass.

To see examples and learn more about Tara’s work, visit



Shopping with eScrip

With this program you can support The Crucible just by shopping. E-Scrip is a fundraising program that enables us to receive funds donated by participating merchants when registered users shop with them. All you have to do is register,
and your purchases will go a long way to help fund more arts education programs here at The Crucible.Here are just a few participating merchants that will donate 2% to 10% of your purchase to The Crucible:

Macy’s &
Eddy Bauer
Sierra Trading Post
Piedmont Grocery
Whole Foods Market
Planet Organics
Baja Fresh
Round Table Pizza
Carrows Restaurants
Acquacotta (Alameda)
Blakes (Berkeley)
& More:
Office Max
SF Chronicle
American Airlines

You will find many more merchants on the eScrip website, and when you register, you’ll receive periodic updates on new merchants and special promotions.

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eBay Giving Works Program

eBay and MissionFish have teamed up to create a program called eBay Giving Works Program. This program allows sellers to give proceeds from their sales to a favorite nonprofit, like The Crucible. Participating sellers are rewarded for their generosity with special eBay Giving Works features that help them get more bids and higher sale prices.The Crucible thanks ebay vendor “Dustylucre” for donating a portion of sales of a nifty t-shirt. Perfect Crucible attire for when all your event shirts are in the wash.

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Call For Instructors

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 at or 510.444.0919 x102 to learn more about becoming a part of The Crucible.


Volunteer Opportunities

During the next few months we will have several opportunities for volunteers to assist us as we prepare for holiday and anniversary events.  If you can lend a hand, we’d love to hear from you.

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Non-Discrimination Policy:
The Crucible is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical disability.