Since 1999, The Crucible has brought our community of artists, neighbors, families, students, and makers together for events ranging from artists’ talks and demos to fire performances, benefits, and community open houses. In-person events are all currently suspended due to the shelter-in-place mandate. For updates about all upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.

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Bike Shop: Free Events and Education

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The Crucible is offering free, community bike maintenance and education to West Oakland and neighboring community members through our quarterly Bike Fix-A-Thons, Open Bike Shop Hours, Femme Bike Night, and Flat Fix Clinics. Drop off your bike for a tune-up or learn basic bike maintenance skills from our faculty and volunteers. We are also leading offsite events at other West Oakland locations.

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Free Crucible Tours

Explore our 56,000-square-foot studio during an upcoming guided tour. To accommodate different schedules, tours rotate between Saturday afternoons at 2pm and Thursday evenings at 6pm every other month. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are subject to cancellation.

2023 Tour Dates

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6-8pm
  • Saturday, May 13, 2023, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, June 15, 2023, 6-8pm
  • Saturday, July 8, 2023, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, August 17, 2023, 6-8pm
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 6-8pm

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Lecture Series – Silverman, Meadows, Kingsley, Hill

LANNY SILVERMAN Kinetic Art and Art & Technology from a Curator’s Viewpoint Sunday, July 28, 2002, 7:30 – 9:30pm As a curator, Lanny Silverman is ringmaster of sorts: he choreographs shows that refuse to lie flat on the walls or sit quietly for contemplation. Lanny will discuss the ins, outs, downs and ups of orchestrating exhibitions that feature the works of contemporary and kinetic artists such as Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Dennis Oppenheim, Alice Aycock, Roxy Paine, and Michael Paha. Lanny Silverman has been Curator of exhibitions at The Chicago Cultural Center for over ten years, curating over fifty exhibitions, including The Nature of the Machine, a major survey of kinetic and biokinetic art. Previously, he was Curator of Education and Programming at The Madison Art Center where he managed exhibits of art, new music, performance art and film. Larry has taught in the Education Departments of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Akron Museum of Art. ALLEGHANY MEADOWS Rhythm, Labor, & Form: Utilitarian Pottery Ceramic sculpture February 24, 2002, 6:30 – 8:30pm 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. Learn more about Alleghany Meadows at SUSAN KINGSLEY Metalsmithing & Postmodern Alchemy March 24, 2002, 6:30 – 8:30pm 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 […]

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