Saturday, March 26 | 12-5 pm
Demonstrations | Hands-on activities | Art show | Bike sale
Learn about classes | Performances
FREE admission & open to all


Our spring open house highlights the scientific principles, inquiry and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts processes taught and practiced at The Crucible. Nearly 20 industrial disciplines are on display under one roof, including blacksmithing, welding, glass blowing, ceramics, jewelry, woodcarving and even fire eating. We de-mystify the science of art with demonstrations, exhibits, instructors, students, guest artists and scientists who are on hand to answer your questions. It’s a fun day for the whole family and a great opportunity to learn all about our 56,000 square foot studio space. Think science fair with fire!



Catch exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities with our own Crucible faculty, such as:

  • Molten glass formations — glass blowing demonstration
  • Feast of fire — how fire eating works
  • Optics, eyeballs and eye beads — explaining optics in glass flameworking
  • Molding and casting — the role of physics and chemistry in mold making techniques
  • Casting metal into ice
  • Clay creations — work with clay in our ceramics department
  • Copper charms — create your own copper charms in our jewelry department
  • Play with pigments — learn about pigments and how they interact with various substances
  • Plus, special activities led by prominent science organizations!


Art Show

Stroll through a curated gallery with pieces selected from The Crucible’s community, including faculty, artist studio renters, students, staff and volunteers. These works showcase the skills learned and perfected through the industrial arts classes we teach here. And check out the market row of unique, handmade artisans in our Train Bay.



Looking for a great deal on a bike? The Crucible Bike Shop has a selection of quality used bicycles that have been fully rebuilt by our youth and volunteer mechanics. Contact with questions or to make an appointment. In addition to getting a sweet, reliable ride, your purchase supports our Youth Earn-A-Bike Program, our Youth Mechanic Program and our Community Bike Fixathons.

The Crucible’s Open House lets you see demonstrations of our industrial and fine arts for yourself. It is open to the general public and kids are welcome. However, parents of small children will need to pay special attention, as our studio space does have some rough edges!