Fall Class Highlights
The Softer Side of The Crucible
Did You Know You Can Make Jewelry Out of Clay?

Continuing Classes in Foundry
Coldworking Glass Classes

Fall Community Open House Recap
Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House
Call for Artists & Vendors

Faculty Focus
Evan Wilcox

Crucible News
Help A Tree Find A Home

The Crucible Recommends
Handcar Regatta
Pacific Pinball Expo

Join The Crucible Community
Call for Instructors
Private or Shared Studios for Rent


The Softer Side of The Crucible

Yes we’re all about fire and steel, hot kilns and heavy machinery, but did you know that you can also get creative with paper, plastic, fabric and flexible light at The Crucible? Check out these classes – just in time for the Day of the Dead and Halloween:

Cartoneria – Create unique décor with this ancient Mexican paper art form. Class runs 8 Wednesday evenings and starts October 8th

Introduction to Sewing: A Crash Course – Dust off that sewing machine and learn sewing basics so you can make your own costume. Saturday workshop, October 18th

Reproduction in Plastics – Learn the secrets the professionals use to make flexible plastic molds to create creepy things…lots of them. Class runs 5 Monday evenings and starts October 27th

EL-Wire Workshop – Add sparkle and light to your costume or home décor with EL-wire in just one day. Class runs Saturday, September 27th

Vidita Mia by Ruben Guzman


Did you know you can make jewelry
out of clay?

Art silver clay is 99.9% fine silver that allows artists to create jewelry in less time then with traditional metalsmithing.  Learn all the basics of making fine silver jewelry, new techniques and how to enhance your current jewelry-making repertoire.

Intro to Art Silver Clay
Arlene Hildebrand • Weekend Intensive • October 4-5

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Continuing Classes in Foundry

Here’s your opportunity to use skills learned in introductory foundry classes and delve into the details of metal casting and finishing with Kitty Hundley, a professional metal artist recognized for her ability to translate natural forms into elegant and useful metal objects.

Cast Clip & Pour – Thursday evenings starting October 30th
Bring your completed waxes to this class, and learn the details of preparing a ceramic shell mold  and pouring bronze.

Bronze Metal Finishing – Tuesday evenings starting October 28th
In this class you’ll work from your own rough bronze castings and learn tools and techniques for creating a perfect finish for your sculpture.

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Artwork by Warren

Coldworking Glass Classes

Glass can be manipulated and transformed without heat, much in the same way as wood or stone, to create transparent sculptures and beautiful vessels.  In Coldworking Glass, you’ll learn to use lathes and grinding machines to polish, cut and drill glass, and experiment with carving and sandblasting using provided glass blanks.

Coldworking Glass
Mondays or Tuesday evenings starting October 27th

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Hundreds of visitors enjoyed seeing art in action at our annual Fall Open House.  With a lively mix of entertainment and community organizations, demonstrations and a student art show, visitors of all ages got a taste of The Crucible.

Congratulations to our Student Art Show Winners:

Cloud Platter
by Phyllis Williams
Dessert Wind
by Leda Contis-Pappassotiriou
by Crystal Carrillo

Congratulations to:
Dunya Alwan of Jamaica Plain, MA, raffle winner of a night’s stay at the SF Hilton, sponsored by Propville

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

Shop for unique gifts and experience the excitement of The Crucible all in the same day. Over 50 Bay Area artisans display their handcrafted wares in our massive indoor studio space amid family-friendly activities, an art show, demonstrations, performances, food and fun for all ages.  Santa always stops by The Crucible to kick off the holidays.  Visit our website for complete information and list of vendors.

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VAM Pottery
Asian Accents
Mi Vida Creations
Alma Flores
MilleFeuille Photography
by Shannon Ledford


Call for Artists & Vendors for Holiday Gifty Art Sale
Application Deadline extended to November 3rd

If you’re an artisan, The Crucible’s Gifty is an ideal venue to sell your work.  You’ll be inside an enormous working art studio, entertainment and food keep shoppers engaged for hours, and your sales help support both artists and arts education.  Our Holiday Gifty is designed to raise awareness of our classes in the industrial arts, so we strongly encourage selling work that reflects or complements skills taught here.  For more information and to download an application, click the link below.

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Evan Wilcox
Hot Wheels Department

The Crucible is fortunate to have Evan as a faculty member because he is sought after by motorcycle and racing enthusiasts the world over for his meticulous and artistic fabrications for tanks and fenders.  Regarding Evan’s work, one of his race bike clients states: “The craftsmanship is staggering and when I have shown the bike it draws attention like Elvis in Vegas. Evan is the best I have seen.”

Three times a year Evan teaches a Sheet Metal Forming workshop for experienced metal workers, where they can learn the finer details of shaping metal using specialized welding techniques, the English wheel, planishing hammer and hand forming tools.  Evan’s next 4-session class starts September 27th, Saturdays & Sundays through October 5th.

Want to learn more about Evan?
Visit his website: www.wilcoxmetal.com

Crucible News

Eat, Shop, Support The Crucible

Here’s an easy and painless way to support the programs here at The Crucible: go shopping.  Yes, it’s true; we have recently enrolled in this worthwhile 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.

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Help Us Find a Home for the Unity Tree

The Crucible and the deYoung Museum worked with the community to create this public art piece called “Unity with Nature”  in conjunction with the Dave Chihuly exhibition in July. Visitors to the museum worked with Crucible staff, faculty and volunteers to create the glass leaves and clay tree bark.  Hundreds of people from all over the world, of all ages and experiences, worked on this tree, creating his or her own personal expression of nature.  We are looking for a permanent home for the tree and hope it can be placed in a public venue, where it will symbolize the strength of unity with nature, the connection of art, people, and the natural world.

We invite you to recommend a local organization or facility in Oakland or the East Bay that might welcome the tree and give it a permanent home.  Constructed of welded metal with clay bark and a canopy of fused glass leaves, the tree stands about 15’ high and 8’ wide.

For more information contact Rob Nehring at rob@thecrucible.org or 510.444.0919 x102

The Crucible Recommends

Handcar Regatta – Santa Rosa Sept. 28
An exposition of art and mechanical wonders, craft show, food and music fit for makers, tinkerers, and aficionados of kinetic curiosities of all ages.

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Pacific Pinball Expo
October 3-5th Marin County Civic Center

Featuring hundreds of vintage machines and amusement devices from the 1930’s to 2007. This event benefits the Neptune Beach Amusement Museum, a Non Profit focused on creating a Museum for pinball and amusement machines

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Join The Crucible Community

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 rob@thecrucible.org or 510.444.0919 x102 to learn more about becoming a part of The Crucible.


Private or Shared Studios for Rent
Join the vibrant community of artists and artisans by renting a studio.  You’ll have 24-hour access to your 8×16’ or 16×16’ studio with 120 volt electrical and industrial pallet racks in a secure building, plus access to our equipment and space during open hours.  Rents start at $325.  Visit our website or call 510-444-0919 Ext. 103 for more information.

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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.