Classes to spark up the New Year!
Plan now for spring break workshops and summer session
HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fire and Fashion: Thursday SOLD OUT, Fri. & Sat tix still available
Crucible Recommends: Hand Tool Event with Lie-Nielsen
CREATE  = Crucible’s Expanded Access to Tools & Equipment


Youth Blacksmithing

Classes to spark up the New Year!

Whether you want to weld, bend iron, shape glass, dance with fire, create light, work with wood, or learn other skills in the industrial arts, there’s something for you at The Crucible. Classes start again January 26th — right after our Anniversary Celebration, so get ready for a year of exploration and creativity with us at The Crucible.

There are some great new classes, plus we’ve expanded both our facilities and popular spring and summer programs for adults and youth.

First Time Offered!
Neon Letter and Pattern Bending
–    March 4th – April 1
This course teaches specialized skills utilized in basic neon letter and pattern bending, and builds on knowledge developed in Neon Illuminated Sculpture I and II. You’ll work in our newly renovated neon studio and learn how to measure and create neon patterns, and techniques in mounting and wiring finished neon.

Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Three weekend intensives in February & March

Introduction to Jewelry
Two weekend intensives in March

Design for the 3rd Dimension
This core class for all 3D work starts in April

Stained Glass Sculpture
Register early for this class starting in March
Intro to Mechanical Sculpture
This popular class runs in January& March

Classes for Youth
provide hours of exciting learning and a sense of accomplishment. After school classes start January 28th in Blacksmithing, Jewelry, and Welding
Weekend workshops give plenty of time for supervised learning and practicing an exciting skill, like Youth Welding, which runs February 2-3rd.

Find the complete class schedule online, at your local library and other pick-up spots throughout the Bay Area, and here at The Crucible’s office.


Plan now for spring break workshops and
summer session

Our spring and summer workshops and weekend intensives have been a great success, and this year we’ve added even more opportunities for adults, youth and families to learn and explore.  So break out your calendars and plan an exciting spring or summer vacation with us.

Adult week-long classes:
March 17-21            June 16-20            July 21-25            August 4-8ccc
You’ll have time to learn a new skill and be rewarded with your own creations in
, Foundry, Flameworking, Neon, Jewelry and Woodworking

Youth week-long classes:
March 24-28            June 23-27            July 28-Aug 1              August 11-15

Choose from four morning and four afternoon classes in blacksmithing, welding, metal casting, flameworking, glass, neon, or woodcarving to customize a week of fun for your child.  These sessions fill up fast, so don’t wait too long.

Family Fun Weekends:
April and Junecccc

A rare opportunity to explore new territory with your child of any age and get a taste of the excitement of the fire arts, including Neon, Welding, Blacksmithing, Glass, Jewelry, and Woodturning.


Jewelry by Jay Bridgland
Photo by Tory Fink

Tickets still available for

HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fire and Fashion

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, January 17, 18 & 19th


We’re setting fashion aflame to celebrate our Ninth Anniversary with a showcase of wearable art from Bay Area design talent. Hot Couture Tickets start at $15.
Buy tickets now >>


Fire Ballet 07, Romeo & Juliet
Photos by Margot Duane

SAVE THE DATE for THE CRUCIBLE’S Benefit Fire Ballet

April 9-12 and 16-19, 2008

Designed & Directed by Michael Sturtz

A theatrical spectacle that fuses ballet, classical music, and aerial performance with fire and industrial arts to create a compelling 1970’s retro-modern interpretation of Russian folklore. More details coming soon.

Watch for more news and for tickets to go on sale in February.

Ballet-for-all Preview Performances
Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 10
Advance ticket sales: $35
($30 for Crucible members)
At door: $40 (if available)
Main Performances
April 11,12 and 16, 17 & 18
Advance ticket sales: $55
($50 for Crucible members)
At door: $60 (if available)


Grand Gala Finale

Saturday April 19
Reception: 6:30 – 8:00 PM • Advance ticket sales: $150

The Crucible Recommends:

Hand Tool Event with Lie-Nielsen
February 23 – February 24, 2008
Here at The Crucible

A chance to try out some fine hand tools and visit with guest demonstrators. Guest Demonstrators include: Christopher Schwarz, Ron Hock, John Economaki, Kevin Drake, and Tom Lie-Nielsen.

Free admission. Please call 1-800-327-2520 if you’ll be attending.


CREATE  = Crucible’s Expanded Access to Tools & Equipment

We know how difficult and expensive it is to set up your own workshop with all the equipment you need to do the projects that interest you, and scheduled studio access times may not always be convenient. Starting January 26th, you can make use of The Crucible as your own workshop through the CREATE program.

Through the CREATE program, after passing departmental safety check-outs, current and past students can use The Crucible’s tools and equipment during regular studio hours.  Access can be purchased for 10-week sessions in fall, winter and spring, and the 5-week summer session.  For details on the CREATE program visit us online and call 510-444-0919.

The Crucible, 1260 7th (at Union), Oakland, CA 94607
510.444.0919 or go to www.thecrucible.org