2013 Playa Bound: Sale & Open House

June 22, 2013
11am to 6pm

Our annual Playa Bound Open House is a wonderful way for the whole family to wander through our 56,000 sq. ft. studio and a maze of vendors with handmade crafts, desert costumes, camping supplies, playa bikes, shade ideas, and leave-no-trace education. Catch fiery performances as you support local artists, community arts education for youth and adults, and work your way through that Black Rock City shopping list. 



East Bay Open Studios 2013

June 1-2 and June 8-9, 2013
Open Studios: 11am to 6pm
Tours: 12 noon, 4pm

The Crucible is participating in this year’s East Bay Open Studios, presented annually by ProArts Gallery. Featured artists include Barbara Barnett, Peter Kropf, Johanna Neaderhouser, Rob Nehring, Alexander Smith, Daniel Stauber, Sam Waller and Mary B. White. The Crucible will also lead two studio tours at 12 noon and at 4pm.



Talk with Hugh Jenkins: Explorations in Efficient Glass Studio Operations

May 31, 2013
6:30-9 pm

Could blowing glass cost you less and be more environmentally friendly? Join Hugh Jenkins, renowned Hawaiian glass art educator, artist and expert in glass studio efficiency, to learn tips for use of renewable energy, alternative fuels such as reclaimed cooking oil and energy efficiency in a glass hot shop.

Maker Faire 2013: The Crucible’s Fire Town

Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 10am to 8pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 10am to 6pm

$30 single day. $55 weekend pass.

At Maker Faire 2013 in San Mateo, The Crucible will present dynamic demonstrations in blacksmithing, glass blowing, foundry metal pouring, art bikes frame alterations, jewelry making and eye catching fire poofers towering in the sky. Don’t miss The Crucible’s Fire Town located at Booth SL30!

Maker Faire is the annual two-day, family friendly celebration of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.


Fireside Lounge: Creation

May 10, 2013

Our next Fireside Lounge leads us to explore creation and how ideas move from concept into creative expression. We will explore processes that makes creation simple. We will discuss and demystify how to do-it- yourself, Crucible style, inspiring creativity in everyone. In collaboration with Maker Month, The Crucible celebrates creation with a spectacular evening.

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Artifact: The Crucible at the Asian Art Museum

Fridays– Sundays, March 15–May 5, 2013
Noon to 4pm
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco

What would you take to the afterlife? The Crucible, in partnership with UC Berkeley’s Archaeology Research Facility (A.R.F.) is excited to tackle this question at San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s series “Asia Alive” using ancient techniques including glass fusing, jewelry, ceramics and hammering to create afterlife treasures you can take home. 

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8th Annual Fire & Light: Soirée and Art Auction

April 27, 2013

Our industrial art studio will once again transform into a stunning setting of art, fine food, wine, performance and fiery effects. Under the direction of Jo Kreiter, this year’s performance will feature an acrobatic spectacle by Flyaway Productions in collaboration with composer Mark Growden. 

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2012 – Coming Soon


Crucible Revival: Keep The Fires Burning
The Crucible’s 12th Anniversary Benefit

January 14-15, 2011

To mark the departure of Crucible Founder Michael Sturtz from his role on The Crucible’s staff, we celebrated his vision and creativity by bringing back the show-stopping greatest hits of performances past.

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Photos Gallery…


Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Thursday, July 14, 2011 • 6PM

Please join us for The Crucible’s 6th annual Soirée and Art Auction. Fine dining, fine wine, fabulous atmosphere, a phenomenal art auction… and an exclusive preview of The Crucible’s Inferno: A Fire Circus.

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INFERNO: A Fire Circus

Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16, 2011 • 7PM

Enter into Inferno: A Fire Circus, The hottest show on Earth with main stage performances by Lucent Dossier Experience. Explore a world of flames with an amazing cast of enticing characters and creatures where seductive sirens, fallen angels, fire breathing acrobats and irresistible creatures from the underworld beckon you to join their luminous conflagration and return with them to the fiery depths.

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HEAT: A Fire Cabaret
Seduction’s Flash Point

July 15-17, 2010

Slip into a forgotten era when fire prohibition was in full effect and the frigid masses were forced underground to seek the heat. Gather in our speakeasy, where bootleg fire boils the blood and enflames the desires of all who enter. Witness the seduction of an innocent young man, unable to resist the lure of the flame.

The Crucible’s first ever Fire Cabaret was a fiery success! Thank you to everyone for supporting us and all the staff and volunteers for making it happen.

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Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Thursday, July 15, 2010

We are so appreciative of our Soirée guests’ support of The Crucible’s arts education programs, and thanks to the generosity of the artists who contributed to our live art auction, 100% of auction proceeds went to The Crucible.

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The Crucible Presents
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event
February 5 & 6, 2010
Friday, noon-6pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to try a wide array of hand tools and learn how great tools make your woodworking easier! Ongoing demonstrations at interactive stations will help you learn valuable techniques. Ask questions of guest demonstrators. Purchase new Lie-Nielsen tools for your collection. Bring a friend!

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The Enamelist Society Conference 2009
August 4–12, 2009The Crucible was honored to host The 2009 Enamelist Society Conference pre-conference and post-conference workshops.

Learn more about The Enamelist Society…

The Crucible Presents
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Hand Tool Event
February 13 & 14, 2009
Friday, noon-6pm
Saturday, 10am-5pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to try a wide array of hand tools and learn how great tools make your woodworking easier! Ongoing demonstrations at interactive stations will help you learn valuable techniques. Ask questions of guest demonstrators. Purchase new Lie-Nielsen tools for your collection. Bring a friend!

Learn more about Lie-Nielsen Tools…



2005 Firestoker Party
Saturday March 12, 2005 at 8pm
Volunteers build The Crucible. If you’re interested in volunteering, this is the perfect occasion to meet other volunteers and learn first-hand how rewarding contributing to The Crucible can be.
The “Mother of All” Premiere Party
Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 7 pm
The Crucible’s The “Mother of All” Premiere Party was a roaring success.

That’s right, The Crucible has its own build reality TV show, the “Mother of All”. This show takes an entertaining and fun look at the process of conceiving, designing, and building the most amazing and outrageous products from mostly recycled and reused. From a Berkeley fraternity to a rowdy group of Raider’s fan, and with only three days and $4500, our build team brings their fantasy creations to life and shows how they did it each step of the way.



The Crucible presents
A Trip to Oliver Ranch, Alexander Valley
Saturday, October 9, 2004, 9am-7pm
Experience the Art of Collecting
We are pleased to offer as part of our Fall membership drive a special trip to the beautiful Alexander Valley ranch of Steven Oliver. Join us for this harvest-time private tour of his collection of site-specific commissioned sculpture by renowned artists including Bruce Nauman, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Ann Hamilton, and more.
ArtSFest 2004

Tours at The Crucible:
Saturday, May 15 at 12pm and 3pm
Saturday, May 22 at 12pm and 3pm
Sunday, May 23 at 12pm and 3pm

ArtSFest is a non-profit organization committed to celebrating, marketing, and advancing the arts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From May 13 to May 31 art organizations will open their doors to the public by presenting events, workshops, open studios and more.

As a participant and member of ArtSFest 2004, The Crucible will host tours on May 15th, 22nd and 23rd at 12 and 3 pm. We welcome visitors to our 48,000 sq. ft. industrial arts facility to learn more about our mission and how you can become a part of the community.

Aquatic Fire Opera Fundraiser
May 6, 2004
Join friends and supporters and feast on flame-tempered deserts. Witness the rare spectacle of fiery water ballet paired with aquatic opera, delivered by San Francisco Opera’s Katherine Rohrer and The Crucible’s Fire Antler Girls (in Laney and Pasha’s fabulous lap pool!). And, if you missed The Crucible’s infamous Fire Opera, do not miss this debut screening of the Fire Opera DVD, which renders the full spectacle of this breathtaking performance.

Thursday, May 6th 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thornton Residence: San Francisco, CA

Expo for The Artist and Musician at CellSpace
CellSpace, 2050 Bryant St. (at 18th) in San Francisco
Sunday, May 2, 2004, 11am to 6pm
The Crucible was proud to be a part of The 5th Annual Expo for The Artist and Musician. A networking event like no other offering workshops, exhibitions, performances, discussion groups, community advocacy, and arts promotions via print and online resources.

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2004 Art AuctionThe Crucible Collection Benefit Art Auction
Champagne Toast and Silent Auction at The Oakland Museum of California
At 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, CA
Thursday April 8th, 2004
Organized with a sharp eye on the future, The Crucible Collection presented 10 contemporary artworks by some of the most renowned visual artists working today.

This outstanding auction included sculptures in bronze and steel by internationally renowned artists Beverly Pepper and Albert Paley, as well as works by nationally acclaimed artists Bruce Beasley, Bella Feldman, Michael Hayden, Preston Jackson, Susan Kingsley, John Lewis, Randy Strong, and William Wareham.

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Learn more about The Oakland Museum…
Learn more about A New Leaf Gallery/Sculpturesite Gallery…


Illuminated Sculpture from The Crucible2004 Illuminated Sculpture
Guest Curator: Christian Schiess
January 29 through February 27, 2004

Showing at The Louie Art Gallery, Ohlone College
43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont CA

This exhibition features works from Crucible faculty and students. Don’t miss this unusual collection of fine illuminated sculpture of artists from around the Bay Area. Includes works from Don Carlson, Nick DiPhillipo, Roy Forest, Jack Gilbert, David Hollister, Brian Hord, Rob Jenkins, Ed Kirshner, Ajuan Mance, Kevin Moore, Michael Pargett, Kua Patten, Christian Schiess, Greg Shapter, Michael Sturtz, Buzz Voelker, Mary White and Stephen Widmark.

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Firestoker Party
November 8, 2003
Volunteers build The Crucible. If you’re interested in volunteering, this is the perfect occasion to meet other volunteers and learn first-hand how rewarding contributing to The Crucible can be.
Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
BEVERLY PEPPER: Sculpture, Abstraction, Steel & Environment
Free and Open to the Public
Sunday, October 12, 2003
Coming from Italy to present at The Crucible, Beverly Pepper is internationally renowned as an abstract metal sculptor whose work is informed by the forms and forces of the natural world. Her outdoor environmental projects are a collaboration with the landscape and are on permanent display around the globe.

She presented an image retrospective of her work and discuss the artistic process of developing large-scale public sculpture. A new sculptural piece – designed especially for this event and cast at The Crucible – will be on display.

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7th Street Scape Community Walk
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 am
Meet up at The Crucible for the 7th Street Scape Community Walk! Learn about the area and explore the history and future of 7th Street.
Film Screening: “Burn Baby Burn” by Paynie
2 showings: 7:30 and 9:30 pm
Sunday August 17, 2003
In the wild and wacky city known as Black Rock, dust storms, friendly fire, mass dancing and myriad homemade art come alive. This footage from last year’s Burning Man was compiled and edited by Paynie in just 10 days. He has a remarkable eye for bizarre detail. BURN BABY BURN truly captures the huge scope of the event, politically, visually and creatively.” – Jan Richman, SF Gate
Burning Man Presents: A Beyond Belief Flambé Lounge
Saturday June 28, 2003 from 8pm-1:30am
How does the sacred exist, and where might it be found?

Beyond belief, beyond the dogmas, creeds, and metaphysical ideas of religion, there is immediate experience. It is from this primal world that living faith arises. The intention of Beyond Belief is to explore this mystery.

In keeping with our 2003 Burning Man theme, participants created an evening of transcendent play, interactive rites and rituals, processions, performance, shrines, labyrinths, otherworldly art and icons, temples and visions that occupy the ambiguous territory that lies between reverence and ridicule, faith and belief, the absurd and the stunningly sublime.


IGNITE : The Crucible Strikes A New Light
A Gala Benefit Celebrating The Crucible’s 4th Anniversary and New Home In Oakland
Saturday, 2003 IgniteMarch 29, 2003
A full evening of mixing & mingling, amazing performances and festive foods. As a nonprofit organization, The Crucible relies of fundraisers to support the innovative arts-education programs. Stand up and say “Yes!” to keeping the industrial arts alive at our Gala gala benefit!

Ignite! Gala Benefit Fundraiser
• Spark The Evening : A Benefit Reception 6pm – 9pm: $50 per ticket
• Illuminate the Night : A Festive Celebration 9pm on: $20 per guest

Crucible Conditional Use Hearing for Oakland Planning & Commission

The Crucible was on the agenda for the Oakland City Planning Commission regarding a Conditional Use Permit for the new facility. Over 50 supporters wrote letters, email or came out to voice support. Great News! The Planning Commission unanimously voted to grant the permit. Big thanks to all who helped achieve this important step.




artAngels is pleased to present an exclusive event in support of The Crucible at the private home of Deborah Chalsty. The evening will be filled with art and artists, in a most amazing setting.

This exclusive evening will include:
:: A private tour of the remarkable urban loft and roof garden designed by Maria McVarish and recently featured in the Examiner Magazine

:: A talk by Jim Melchert: Artist, Former Director of The Academy of Art in Rome, UC Berkeley Art Department, Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and friend of The Crucible

:: A talk by: Ann Hatch: Founder, Capp Street Project and The Oxbow School and friend of The Crucible

:: A formal introduction to The Phoenix Fund Drive and The Crucible, an educational facility that fosters a collaboration of Arts, Industry and Community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, re-use of materials, and innovative design while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public.

Fine wines and canapés in the private home of Deborah Chalsty, a remarkable urban loft and roof garden designed by Maria McVarish and recently featured in the Examiner Magazine

:: Jim Melchert, Artist, Former Director of the Academy of Art in Rome, UC Berkeley Art Department, Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts
:: Ann Hatch, Founder: Capp Street Project and the Oxbow School

:: Art auction of sculpture by leading crucible artists
:: Live performances by ultra gypsy and bruce sherrod

GENEROUS SUPPORTERS: Work of Art Catering; The Crucible volunteers and staff; Invitation design by Jay Kravitz

HOST COMMITTEE: Deborah Chalsty, Host; Siri and Bob Berg; Roy Forrester; Mark Goldstein; Michael Hayden; Cynthia Neill; Steve Ryan; Phil Tagami; Carey Timbrell

EVENT COMMITTEE: Alissa Bushnell; Alexa Gulliford; Cate Riegner; Kate Rutter; Allison Storr; Kate Sheridan

Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
ALBERT PALEY: Master of Metal
October 27, 2002 – 7:30pm
The Crucible welcomes internationally renowned artist Albert Paley to the Bay Area. Albert will show images of his work and discuss the diversity and significance of his prolific creations in metal.

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The Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series is Sponsored by:
The LEF Foundation
The International Sculpture Center

Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
MICHAEL HAYDEN: The Art of Luminosity & Light
Illuminated Sculpture & Large-Scale Neon Works
September 30, 2002 – 7:30pm
The Crucible welcomes neon and light artist Michael Hayden. Hayden collaborates with architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, technicians, composers, poets, and other artists to create lumetric works that are large in scale and massive in scope.

Join us as he presents his work, discusses how scientific principles and aesthetic concerns guide his vision, and speaks about the challenges and opportunities of working big with light.

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Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
NED KAHN: Art, Science and Creation through Chaos
Kinetic & Environmental Sculpture
August 25, 2002 – 7:30pm
The Crucible welcomes kinetic and environmental sculptor Ned Kahn. Kahn’s eclectic and inviting works emulate nature’s systems in all their complex glory. His sculptures grace such locations as the Exploratorium in SF and the Rose Center for Earth & Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see his work and hear first-hand how he envisions, creates and fabricates these amazing environments.

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Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
PRESTON JACKSON: Figures, Monuments, Steel & Society
Figurative Metal Sculpture & the Dialogue of Teaching
July 28, 2002 – 7:30pm
The Crucible welcomes kinetic and metalworker and figurative sculptor Preston Jackson. Preston Jackson, a leading Chicago artist and educator, is a prime example of an established artist who is exceedingly generous in devoting his time to teaching others, and who seeks to make art accessible to all.

Join us for a presentation of his work and a discussion about how his teaching philosophy both engages his students and invigorates his art.

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Gallery Show
Ashby-a-glow: An Illuminating Exhibition Celebrating Creation through Fire & Light
June 22 – July 25, 2002
Ashby Avenue glows and sparkles with this show at the Current Gallery. Featuring installations and works in neon, fire, light, L-wire and film/video, this exhibition displays sculptures that transform light and flicker with inspiration.
Crucible Special Event
Japanese Blacksmithing, Bladesmithing and Saw-making Demonstration
June 14 & 15, 2002
Miyano Dai Endo (Yataiki) is a 3rd-generation blacksmith and master craftsman. He will demonstrate both nokogiri (traditional saw-blade making) and blade-making. The venerable master is in the United States for a short tour only, and this is a rare opportunity to see these traditional techniques and processes!

Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm both days
Admission: $40 per day; $75 for both days

Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
MIKE HILL: Monuments of Stone, Metal & Cement
April 28, 2002 – 6:00pm
As a sculptor, Mike Hill coaxes stone to fly and steel to levitate, yet uses the inherent weight of these media to give the viewer the experience of monumentality. He will discuss his experimentation with varying materials and techniques to create works that at once defy and underscore their nature, and will talk about how exacting craftsmanship and dedication to process serve to maintain this dichotomy.

A full time artist since 1975, Mike Hill has created hundreds of works for individual collectors and numerous public commissions, including a large stained glass mural for the Ontario Airport. In recent years, he has focused on simple shapes of stone and steel ranging in size from small indoor pieces to large garden sculptures weighing several tons. His works are contemplative in nature, revealing new meanings with each viewing.

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Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
SUSAN KINGSLEY: Metalsmithing & Postmodern Alchemy
March 24, 2002 – 6:00pm
Susan Kingsley makes objects that play perversely with desire and culture of display, and with the constructs of self and sexuality. Join her as she discusses how she uses her work to destabilize accepted definitions or art, craft, gender and the body and to propel the viewer into spaces where meaning begins to fragment and metamorphose.
Susan will focus on her recent work and her use of the hydraulic press to transform metal.

Susan Kingsley is an independent studio artist living in Carmel, California. She received a BA from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio and an MFA from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. A writer on art, craft and feminist issues, she is also the author of the technical book, Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths. She has taught workshops and lectured throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a part-time instructor at Monterey Peninsula College. She received an NEA/Western states Arts Fellowship for her work, which has been exhibited and published internationally, and is
represented in the collection of the Oakland Museum.

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Legends of Sculpture Lecture Series Presents:
ALLEGHANY MEADOWS: Rhythm, Labor & Form: Utilitarian Pottery
February 24, 2002 – 6:00pm
Alleghany Meadows seeks alchemy in clay. Join him as he discusses how he uses the plasticity and subtle responses of the medium to create objects that are intimately connected through size, form and surface to both the human body and to nature. His lecture will focus on the creative process within the context of utilitarian pottery, and how his studies in Nepal and Japan have influenced his work.

Alleghany Meadows is a studio potter in Carbondale, Colorado. He earned an MFA from Alfred University and a BA from Pitzer College in California. Alleghany studied indigenous pottery in Nepal as a Watson Fellow, and apprenticed in Japan to Karatsu potter Takashi Nakazato. He has taught workshops and lectures at Penland, Greenwich House Pottery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, and the Mendocino Arts Center. His work is collected and exhibited nationally, and has been featured in over thirty group and solo shows.

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3rd Anniversary Benefit & Masquerade Ball
January 12, 2002
The evening warms with the glow of flame-licked hors d’oeuvres, opulent costumes and twisting belly dancers. Deep dark ignites into a swirling phantasm of beguiling fire performers, delicious bands, synapse-popping DJs, gyrating bodies and a Mischievious Midnight UNMASKING.

Performances by Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero, Xeno, Bonfire Madigan, DJ Vordo, Extra Action Marching Band, Ultra Gypsy, Molten Bronze pour, Kelek’s Tesla Coil, and much MORE…

Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres provided by: Work of Art

Do arrive Metamorphosed (costumes requested)


January 2002 : Gallery Show

FROM WITHIN THESE WALLS: The 2002 Crucible Student Show

Come explore our 17,000 square foot educational industrial/arts studio. Join us for an opening celebration for a gallery show of student works, along with a one night showing of all works NOT chosen for the show (Refusalon). Works in steel, bronze, aluminum, cast iron, glass, neon, jewelry, ceramic, stone and on paper will be displayed throughout our studio. Refreshments will be served, including pizza from our handbuilt woodfire oven.



Obsessive Creators Outdoor Film Series
Premiere of New Outdoor Film Series By Co-founder of El Rio Outdoor Cinema:
July 15, 2001
Two evenings of outdoor 16mm films highlighting the eccentric habits, tools and creations of individuals obsessed with creating: You will witness idiosyncratic obsessions; streaking; Grandma Prisbrey and her 15 brilliant glass houses crammed with objects scavengered from the county dump deadpan humor; massive compulsion and a sense of the absurd; the creation of humanity through Czech Animation; time-travel, memory and obsession in Paris after World War III ; butcher and barber shops in Venice….
The Second Annual
a legendary benefit in three acts
June 23, 2001
Act I: Prometheus’ Palate / A Formal Dinner 6:00 pm
Indulge your palate with a delectable feast of fiery foods stolen from the gods. Professional chefs prepare elegant delights on hand-wrought sculptural stoves while dancers and musicians intoxicate your senses. Fire, flesh, and sound blending before your eyes. Formal or Fiery dress requested.
Dinner generously provided by Bon Appetie, hors d’oeuvres by Work of Art, Performances by Capacitor, D Yara Balkan Choir, Erika Herren, Lumin, Elizabeth Moriarty, Phoenix Rising, Pyrogeist, Ultra Gypsy.

Act II: Arts of Vulcan / Benefit Silent Auction 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Feast your eyes on our auction of flame-wrought works in metal and ceramic created by Crucible artists. Vulcan himself wil appear from above – and with the strike of his anvil, ring in your bids.

Act III: The Flight of Icarus 10:30pm – 4:00am
Release your inhibitions with live music, dj’s and blazing performances. Fire and libations pour forth into the night. Molten bronze flows into glowing rivers as Icarus soars blindly toword the flames above, his ashes raining at your feet. Performances by Capacitor, Lumin, Ménage Á Trois, Frank Olivier, Phoenix Rising, Pyrogeist, DJ Vordo, Xeno, Zambra Bailar Yalla.

The Garden of Fire the entire night Stroll through a transformed streetscape, dazzled by myriad fire sculptures that flame and roar. Fall prey, let them entice you into a fiery den of creative celebration. A group of technosavvy artists who blend metal sculpture with controlled combustion to create a kinetc display of heat, light, and form.

February 8, 2001
The Crucible, the Bay Area’s ONLY non-profit educational collaboration of arts, industry and community could be forced to close its doors over a zoning technicality: we teach industrial arts production in an area protected for light-industrial manufacturing. What happens if The Crucible doesn’t win a zoning variance? Berkeley and the Bay LOSE one of their only sources of affordable industrial and fine arts classes for adults and kids, unique gallery shows featuring local & national artists, and our famous, headline-grabbing Fire-Arts Festivals. In just the past 2 years, The Crucible has taught over 1000 students how to weld, blacksmith, cast molten bronze and glass–and has fostered an industrial arts renaissance in the heart of the East Bay.

Help the city understand that through teaching industrial arts, The Crucible represents and strengthens industry in Berkeley! Untie our hands and make sure we STAY to serve thousands more!



Catalyst: A Juried Exhibition of Crucible Artists
December 18, 2000-January 13, 2001
Calling all Crucible Students, Past and Present: Participate in our first juried student show at The Crucible:

Artwork juried by three Bay Area Art Professionals: Clayton Baily, Sculptor; Nancy Mintz, Sculptor; Phil Linhares, Chief Curator of Art for the Oakland Museum of California

Gallery Reception: Friday, January 5 from 6- 9 PM.

Art Car Fest 2000
September 23, 2000
Coming off of the huge success of the last three years, over 100 ArtCars from cross the US and Canada are gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area this fall for ArtCar Fest 2000, the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. It’s a grass roots event founded and produced by local artist Philo Northrup and Bay Area filmmaker Harrod Blank, both ArtCar artists themselves.

ON SATURDAY NIGHT STARTING AT 7:00 P.M. come to Berkeley’s The CRUCIBLE for the ArtCar Party of the year! Bands, performances at the hottest art house in the Bay Area!

May 6 – June 11, 2000 : Gallery Show

Stephen Bondi: Transformations

Exhibiting drawings and models for a proposed public commission to be executed in forged metal and glass. In addition he’ll be showing small non-functional artworks made from pvc pipe and empty pill bottles. Through intense manipulation he transforms mundane materials,
industrial pipe and throw-away bottles, into jewel-like items reminiscent of cloisonne boxes. Steve Bondi has been creating works in metal for over thirty years. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and he’s created work for the penthouse of Donald Trump in the Trump Towers, work for the Awahnee Hotel in Yosemite, art for EPCOT Center in Florida and works for the Gold Nugget Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

March 25, 2000 – April 30, 2000 : Gallery Show

Blessings – Ratka Mira
Found Things – Remi Rubel

Ratka Mira Popovic and Remi Rubel show mixed media works.

February 20, 2000 – March 19, 2000 : Gallery Show

Crucible Glass

Featuring the work of: Dave Andres, Gabriel Feenan, Orion Fredericks, Rob Jenkins, Elise Ordorica, Dan Reilly and Lawry Swidler.

Fire Feast 2000 & Benefit Auction
Feed your Desire with Food and Fire!
January 22, 2000
Come to The Crucible’s 1st Birthday Inferno
Saturday January 22 , 2000 7pm until the pleasures cease

WHAT: The Crucible, a non-profit educational foundry, metal fabrication shop and sculpture studio, is hosting its first birthday party with the Fire Feast Festival. It will be an benefit in three ACTS:

Act I: Dining with Dante Semi-formal dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. A desirable feast of festive flambes and fiery finger delights. Menu prepared on top and inside of sculptural stoves and cauldrons designed and fabricated by Crucible artists. Blazing waiters satiate your palate. Feast accompanied by Fire Dancers and other Hot Performers. $60 per person – RSVPs Necessary

Act II: Arts of Fire Benefit Silent Auction. Set your eyes ablaze with a feast of artworks wrought by flame. Conflagrations of ceramic, glass, and metal creations will be exhibited at The Crucible’s Current Gallery.

Act III: All Hell Breaks Loose Gates open for the Inferno of Fun at 10:00 p.m. Bands, fire/dance performers, and D.J.s blast you into the bellows that keep your feet aflame. Blow off your formal clothing and release your inner desires. Demonstrations of Fiery Fabrications happen as Daredevils flirt with flames for your wide-eyed delight. Libations abound as molten metal pours into the night. $20 suggested donation per person

FEATURED PERFORMERS: Capacitor, Shinichi “Momo” Koga & Inkboat, The Kevin Keller Trio, Ultra Gypsy, John Voldal, Bruce Sherrod, Drumfire, Extra Action Marching Band, DJ Vordo, and The Rock Bottom Players.



December 4, 1999 – January 15, 2000 : Gallery Show

Home Scrap: Don Carlson • Damen Carmen • Dawn Travers

Just what is that makes today’s homes so difefrent, so eco-friendly? It’s the concentrated, conscious effort to personally interact with the recycling process; it’s desire to interrupt the industrial cycle of manufacture-use-discard by introducing the creative hand. Home Scrap joins three Bay Area art makers working with materials otherwise destined for the recycling heap. The results are functional domestic objects that say “Junk can be an aesthetic joy if properly configured.”