Fall Classes in Full Swing

If you’re missing the heat of summer, then come to The Crucible to get up close and personal with a kiln, torch, furnace, or flame and ignite your creativity.

There are classes to suit just about anyone’s schedule, including several NEW classes just added.

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Fall Class Schedule


Halloween Family Fun Weekend

Saturday & Sunday – Oct 31 & Nov 1

Halloween Family Fun Weekend classes offer a family member discounted tuition when you take a class together. The tuition is for one adult and one child age 12 and up. As far as family goes, you define family, not us.

So why stop at carving a pumpkin when you can carve hot metal! Check out what we still have open below:

Introduction to Blacksmithing
Glass Flameworking
Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A)
Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Introduction to MIG Welding
Beginning TIG


New Classes Coming This Fall!

In Blacksmithing
Weekend Intensive, Oct. 24-25
This advanced blacksmithing skill has long been the mark of “expert status” in metalworking and is often used in bladesmithing.

In Ceramics
Create a Blessing Bowl
2 Sundays, Nov. 8 & 15
In this class you’ll experience the special joy of giving and receiving, while you learn basic ceramic skills.

In Hot Wheels
Bike Mechanic Workshop
3 Sessions, starts Oct. 17
You will leave this class with your bike deep and completely tuned up, as well as a solid working knowledge of bike repair.

In Moldmaking
Life Casting
5 Sessions, starts Nov. 3.
In this class you will learn the basics of creating a negative mold to make your unique sculpture using the human form.

In Resources for Artists
Discovering the Artist in You
5 Sessions, starts Oct. 22. Access your creativity and find your muse through a unique approach that includes movement, breath awareness and lots of engaging materials.

In Textiles
T-Shirt Reconstruction
3 Sessions, starts Nov. 10.
Learn how to re-size, cut and convert your old clothes and transform them into new and exciting garments.


Weekend Warriors

Do you have a free weekend coming up? Are you looking for something to do? Do you just need to get those creative juices flowing? Check out these fun weekend possibilities:

October 10-11
Stilt Walking

October 17-18
Glass Flameworking Lab
Sheet Metal Forming with Evan Wilcox
Copyright Law for Artists (Saturday only)

October 24-25
Intro to Rubber Mold Making for Jewelry (Saturday only)
Gemology (Sunday only)

October 31-November 1
A Primer in 3D Enameling (Saturday only)
Fearless Fire Eating
Introduction to Glass Blowing

November 7-8
Foundry – Patinas Made Easy
Advanced Glass Marble Making Techniques
Jewelry – Introduction to Art Silver Clay
Making Your Own Jewelry Stamping Tools (Saturday only)

November 14-15
Glass Flameworking – Core Vessel Forming
Jewelry – Casting Wax to Silver


Classes for Beginners

Introduction to Fire Staff
5 sessions, starts Nov. 2
Learn the fundamental skills you need to spin a single fire staff. Each student will make a practice staff to keep.

Sand Casting in Bronze & Aluminum
8 sessions, starts October 14
Working with resin-bonded sand, you’ll learn mold building basics. Then as part of a casting team, you’ll have the exhilarating experience of pouring molten bronze or aluminum.

Cartoneria (Mexican Paper Sculpture)
8 sessions, starts October 14
In this course you will create fantastic and colorful sculptures from paper and recycled materials, using mythological beasts and characters as a starting point. Any student over the age of 12 is welcome in this class.

Concrete Sculpture
8 sessions, starts October 12
This class will explore the diverse ways that this cold, industrial material can become vibrant and organic, taking you from drawing board to finished sculpture.

8 sessions, starts Oct. 12
You will learn to design a carving and to transform your design into a three dimensional object.

Introduction to Welded Sculpture
5 sessions, starts Nov. 2
You’ll learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding and slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch. When done you’ll have a small sculpture to take home.


Classes for Continuing Artists

Bronze Metal Finishing
3 sessions, starts Nov. 5
Learn tools and techniques of metal chasing-grinding, sanding, filing, texturing, and polishing. As well as a session on creating a patina for the final touch.

Techniques in Ornamental Iron Work
5 sessions, starts Nov. 4
This class will include orthographic drawing and traditional methods of making decorative ironwork. Techniques taught and explored will include scrollwork, hot chisel work, twisting, floral design, and other form-shaping procedures.

Jewelry – Casting Wax to Silver
5 sessions starting Nov. 5
This is a perfect class for those wanting to cast a custom wedding ring! It introduces several methods for working with wax, as well as the different types of wax and the properties of each. Your completed wax sculptures will be cast into silver.



Join The Crucible Community

Join The Crucible as a member today and receive spectacular benefits like priority registration, tuition and ticket discounts, and exclusive access to special events and services. You’ll also become a part of our vital and vibrant community of artists, art lovers, and innovators. Plus you’ll be supporting the cutting-edge arts education programs and innovative performances that make The Crucible the leading industrial arts organization of its kind.

View and select a membership level based on the benefits that make sense for you or your family. Your membership will help us keep The Crucible’s fires burning bright.



Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House

December 12-13 • 10AM-4PM

Yes, we know you don’t even want to think about the approaching holidays, but mark your calendars and don’t miss out on a shopping experience you’ll find only at The Crucible. Hand crafted unique and budget-friendly gift items, lively
entertainment and treats for the entire family.

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Holiday Taster Weekend

December 19-20

Here’s a unique opportunity to get a taste of creating your own art at The Crucible.  Our series of inexpensive 3-hour classes are designed to give you basic skills and immediate success working with metal, clay, glass, and more.  They make great gifts to give or to experience together.

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The Crucible’s Bike Program was recently the subject of a story in Oakland North, a website project of UC Berkeley devoted to all things local.  Check out their profile and video here.



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Friday Nights at the de Young Muesum

Friday, October 9th • 6PM – 8:45PM

Join The Crucible and SF Bay Guardian for a very special, FREE program of dance, art, crafts and funk in honor of the de Young’s most celebrated guest, King Tutankhamun!

This evening features discounted admission to the special exhibit: $20 (only $15 for museum members!) There will be music by DJ CAIRO of Club Bibi, live performances by SILA, dancing by Fat Chance Belly Dancing and free, hands-on metals workshop with The Crucible.

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Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (BABE!)

SEE THE BEST IN HANDMADE BEADS from 60 glass artists at the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza! (BABE!) coming to Oakland this fall. A total of 150 vendors will inspire and adorn you with an incredible variety of beads – most of which never appear at other local shows. In addition to art glass, you’ll see beads of silver, polymer, PMC, ceramic and stones, vintage and ancient beads, finished jewelry, fiber and findings, and much more. More than 45 classes will also be held during the event. BABE! happens November 14-15 at the Oakland Convention Center/Marriott Civic Center Hotel, 10th & Broadway.

For full details and a $2 discount coupon (reg. entry is $7), visit www.BeadExtravaganza.com.



Got Space?

Studio Rentals Available.

The Crucible has private and shared (work-only) studios available at low-cost rent for artists and artisans who are interested in being part of a collaborative, creative environment.

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New Fall Classes
Weekend Warriors
Classes for Beginners
Continuing Artists
Holiday Gifty Art Sale
Holiday Tasters
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