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.
- February 23: Field Trip Day
- March 5: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- March 7: 2023 Youth Summer Camps open for Member registration
- March 11 & 12: 3-Hour Tasters
- March 23: Field Trip Day
- March 13 & 14: 3-Hour Tasters
- May 11: Field Trip Day
- May 20: Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction
- June 4: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- June 12–July 28: Youth Summer Camps
- August 15–26: Adult weeklong classes
- September 3: Bike Fix-A-Thon
- December 2–3: GIFTY Craft Show & Open House
- December 23, 2023–January 1, 2024: Crucible closed for winter break
Bike Shop: Free Events and Education
See our Bike Shop event page for upcoming event dates.
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.
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
Browse Past In-Person Events
Fire & Light Soiree – 2016
Saturday, April 9, 6pm Cocktails | Dinner Performance | Live Art Auction Supporting The Crucible’s Education Programs Please join us for this special evening in support of The Crucible! Help celebrate the contributions of special guest honorees Christopher and Camille Bently, on behalf of the Bently Foundation. Enjoy fabulous music, dance, magic, and fire performance by the amazing Traveling Spectacular and marvel at incredible fire and light art installations by Orion Fredricks and Christopher Schardt. Add to your art collection by taking home a piece of artwork from our art auction, featuring stunning sculptural works in metal, wood, ceramic and glass. Support The Crucible’s unique youth education program with our Fund-a-Need. Raise your paddle to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to support industrial arts classes, camps and apprenticeship programs serving more than 5,000 young people annually. Reservations, Tickets and Sponsorships For table reservations or sponsorships, please contact Sheri Kuehl, Development Director, at [email protected] or (510) 444-0919 x119. Individual tickets are $300 and available now for purchase online. CORPORATE SPONSOR INFO HOST COMMITTEE INFO 2015 Soiree Photo Gallery Click or tap to view photos of last year’s Fire and Light Soirée, a fabulous night of art, fire and friendship that raised over $215,000 for The Crucible’s many educational programs. Platinum Sponsor The Bently Foundation Silver Sponsors AB&I Foundry — Kevin Doran Warren Breslau and Frances Hellman Lapis Group, Inc. James Madsen Renée Ventimiglia Bronze Sponsors AB&I Foundry — Ted Ray Lauren and Steve Adams California Capital & Investment Group Jeremy Crandell Lori and Skip Fogarty Elizabeth Mumm Meier NetTempo Charles Olson and Yoko Watanabe Leslie Pritchett Schnitzer Steel Industries Special Guest Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Board of Directors Lauren Brown Adams, Warren Breslau, Loretta Clarke, Jeremy Crandell, Kevin Doran, Lori Fogarty, Greg Hansen, Tanya Holland, Edward B. Kangeter IV, James Madsen, Charles R. Olson, Sean Orlando, Leslie Pritchett and Renée Ventimiglia
2016 Fire & Light Soiree and Art Auction
COCKTAILS • DINNER • PERFORMANCE • ART AUCTION Please join us for this special evening in support of The Crucible! Help celebrate the contributions of special guest honorees Christopher and Camille Bently, on behalf of the Bently Foundation. Enjoy fabulous music, dance, magic, and fire performance by the amazing Traveling Spectacular and marvel at incredible fire and light art installations by Orion Fredricks and Christopher Schardt. Add to your art collection by taking home a piece of artwork from our art auction, featuring stunning sculptural works in metal, wood, ceramic and glass. Support The Crucible’s unique youth education program with our Fund-a-Need. Raise your paddle to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to support industrial arts classes, camps and apprenticeship programs serving more than 5,000 young people annually. For table reservations or sponsorships, please contact Sheri Kuehl, Development Director, at [email protected] or (510) 444-0919 x119. Individual tickets are $300 and available now for purchase online. CORPORATE SPONSOR INFO (pdf) HOST COMMITTEE INFO (pdf) Click or tap to view photos of last year’s Fire & Light Soirée, a fabulous night of art, fire and friendship that raised over $215,000 for The Crucible’s many educational programs.
Spring Open House 2016
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! Demonstrations 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. Bicycles 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 [email protected] 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!
Hot Couture 2016: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire
TWO BIG NIGHTS! Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 | 8 pm Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 | 8 pm Doors Open At 7:30 pm The Crucible’s fiery fusion of fashion design and industrial art returns! One of our signature events, this multidisciplinary performance is a collaboration between local Bay Area fashion designers and industrial artists, mixing haute couture concepts with fine arts and industrial arts. With stunning, cutting edge looks, fire effects and three runway walks rivaling Milan, this is the East Bay’s annual can’t-miss fashion and art experience. And, famed Bay Area radio personality Sterling James will emcee the event! for the vibe! Also, the acclaimed El Paisa Taco Truck will be on site. Advance price tickets still available, but VIP packages are sold out. “… Burning Man meets Cirque du Soleil.” — KQED Arts FEATURED DESIGNERS Alexandra Candia Briana Schweizer Heather Wakefield Jennifer Remmers Jill Skinner (with Copper Chameleons, Madd Hats by Sonin and RADglow by Andrea) Lisa Jones Medium Reality Mercy Daae (with Erin Shredder) Norman Kyle Futrell Scatha G. Allison (with Domini Anne, Sophia Constance, Dawson Engler, Shabnam Q and Amanda Sage) Tansy Brooks & Angelique Benicio VIP PACKAGES FRIDAY: SOLD OUT SATURDAY: SOLD OUT Seats near the runway Includes complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres $100 in advance / $90 Crucible members $125 at door / $110 Crucible members GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS Standing only, no seats $45 in advance / $40 Crucible members $60 at door / $54 Crucible members Friday advance sales only until Friday @ 2 pm — after that, door prices at door Saturday advance sales only until Saturday @ 2 pm — after that, door prices at door Questions about this event? Email us for more information! BUY HERE LOCATION THE CRUCIBLE 1260 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607 Directions RULES & REGS No outside food or drink Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times Absolutely no pets (except service dogs) Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas PARKING FREE SECURE PARKING is available while space lasts, in the lot just west of The Crucible at 1300 7th Street. The Crucible also has a small parking lot on the corner of 7th & Union that will be available for both disabled placard parking and unattended parking. Those spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and go quickly. There are also two paid parking lots in the vicinity that are often monitored. One is on Kirkham Avenue and the other is the 5th Street lot by BART. Please do not park in lots owned by local businesses or the residential area behind The Crucible, as your car may be towed. BART Ditch the car and don’t worry about parking! The Crucible is easily accessible by BART. From the West Oakland BART station, exit onto 7th Street, turn right and walk 2 blocks east to Union (at the 2nd light). The Crucible is on the northwest corner of 7th & Union, at 1260 7th Street. To plan […]
FREE this weekend! SPECIAL MEMBER PREVIEW With a performance by the Pleasant Grove Joyful Noise Choir Friday Dec. 11 | 7 – 9:30 pm Saturday Dec. 12 | 11 am — 6 pm Sunday Dec. 13 | Noon – 5 pm Dozens of leading East Bay artists, craftspeople and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. From glass to metal, wood, ceramics, clothing and much more, you’ll find the perfect gifts for the toughest people on your list. Seasonal treats, beverages and holiday entertainers make this an event all ages can enjoy. Live industrial art demonstrations like glass-blowing, foundry pouring and opportunities to get hands-on in ceramics. Bicycles for sale in The Crucible’s Bike Shop. Crucible gift certificates available for you to give Crucible classes as gifts. Tickets available for January’s Hot Couture flaming fashion show. Discounts of 10% plus another $25 off Crucible classes — even more savings available for Crucible members. Enter to win free tuition for a Crucible class! Help us celebrate the Gear Girls, our joint venture with Oakland Fund for the Arts teaching local high school students the art of welded sculpture. FREE SECURE PARKING is available while space lasts, in the lot just west of The Crucible at 1300 7th Street. Participating Vendors 2015 McKeever Studios KrakenWhip Brenda’s Ceramics Skin Care by Felecia REDREDMELT Heart’s Desire Jewelry Hart String Rusty Noodle Studios Malvoye Enterprises Farm Fresh to You Yes & Yes Designs Fleurette Sevin Artglass Gabrielle Lessard Kaya Sattva Jewelry Subverse Knitnut by JL The Latch Key Fabulous Fabulous Green Pisces Designs The Window Lady By Nieves: Handmade Natural Body Care One Hook Productions JFein Designs Tangleweeds Party Animals Aurelio Mucci Red Icebreaker NewPort Circle Designs NOMAglass RocknSocks Alex Brizicky Ceramics Praise the Gourd Tchoupuce-IsabelleClayArt SteamPunk Garage Alison Morse Oh Cuddles! A Woven Thought Rose3 Creative Featherwieght Finery House of Honore Wave Tree Glass Pretty Fun Designs Night Side Studios Frankenstuffies latisha baker artworks Recover Your Thoughts Karlxhauser West Oakland Middle School- Phoenix Rising Carla Hall Metal Design Bici.Arte Things We Like & Transmogrify Silver & Bone King Bags Fatal Jewelry Emily Wiser Jewelry Wisdom The Girl & Rhino Dickinson Glass Red Ginkgo Brand Fine Jewelry
2015 Soirée Auction Preview
2015 Soirée Auction Preview You’ll want to have your paddle at the ready to bid on these gorgeous, masterful pieces of art at our Live Auction. Feeling shy? Not to worry – we have several beautiful pieces up for Silent Auction as well. 2015 Live Auction Preview 1. Cliff Bohm – Rustic Chef’s Knife 2014 Steel, ebony, stainless steel 13.5 ” x 2.5″ x .625″ Opening Bid: $140 Cliff Bohm finds beauty in juxtaposition of polished steal next to the rough “unspoiled” textures generated by the forging process. He strives to create well crafted objects with the appealing design that possess a timeless quality. 2. Nick DiPhillipo – Conclave 2004 Bronze 12″ x 12″ x 9″ Opening Bid: $380 Nick DiPhillipo is the Foundry department head at The Crucible as well as Casting Director at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley. After first being introduced to metal casting at Paolo Soleri’s Wind Chime Foundry in Arcosanti, Arizona, he has spent the last 35 years casting objects of his own design including vessels, lamps, and bells. 3. Randy Strong – Red & Black Ribbon Sculpture 2013 Hot sculpted glass 25″ x 5.5″ x 4″ Opening Bid: $475 Randy Strong is one of a handful of the early pioneering American Glass Artists. Winner of the juried 2005 and 2008 Niche award for blown glass. Randy Strong produces innovative designs in glass that continually influence the ever changing and growing community of studio glass artists. 4. Daniel Stauber – Two Sides of Mind #4 2014 Glass, steel 26.5″ x 17.5″ x 7.75″ Opening Bid: $600 Daniel Stauber studied and now teaches glass at The Crucible. His work strives to both attract and repel, to reflect the polarities of life, and attempts to combine opposition to create emotionally stirring work. Daniel draws inspiration from the unconscious, and views art as the most sincere human endeavor. 5. Christian Schiess – Prosthetic Repairs to an Injured Environment #CII 2005 Machined metal, plexiglass, paint, podocarpus wood elements, stainless steel hardware, fluorescent light with remote control 39″ x 12″ x 12″ Opening Bid: $900 Christian Schiess is a San Francisco Bay area artist originally from New Mexico. His education spans several disciplines and institutions that include a B.A. from Univ. of New Mexico-Albuquerque, in Anthropology; a B.F.A. in Visual Arts from the Univ. of San Francisco, and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Mills College. Additionally, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship at the Royal College of Art in London. His awards include a grant from the Pollock- Krasner Foundation, an NEA/AFI Grant, three NEA/Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships, several artist-in-residencies including the Exploratorium, and the Bristol Exploratory, England. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and currently he is on the faculty and Dept. Head of the Neon and Light Art Departments at The Crucible. www.christianschiess.com 6. Gregg Hessel – Copper Candlesticks (Original Collection) 2015 Copper Varied; 5″– 21″ tall Opening Bid: $875 Gregg Hessel was raised by an artist and a crafts historian and is self taught in metal. Hessel studios is a small California studio employing skilled craftsmen […]
Fire & Light Soiree – 2015
Saturday, April 18, 6pm Cocktails | Dinner | Performance | Live Art Auction | After Party Supporting The Crucible’s Education Programs Spend this special evening celebrating art, industry, community, and the creative fire! Join us in recognizing the innovation and vision of the evening’s honoree, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. In addition to a delectable dinner and a one-of-a-kind live art auction, guests will be treated to a world premiere performance by San Francisco’s Capacitor, an award-winning dance company that blends tradition with technology. Join Us! Meet Carl Bass, our 2015 honoree Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Since joining the company, he has held several executive positions including chief technology officer and chief operations officer. Bass serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, Quirky and E2open and on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He is also a maker and spends his spare time building things—from chairs and tables to boats, and most recently, an electric go-kart. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University. WAIT LIST This event is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to join a wait list in case of any cancellations, please call (510) 444-0919 x 119 or email Sheri Kuehl. Soirée Gold Sponsor Bain & Company Soirée Silver Sponsors and Host Committee AB&I Foundry – Kevin Doran Autodesk Warren Breslau and Frances Hellman James Madsen and Eddie Orton NetTempo, Inc. Renée Ventimiglia Soirée Bronze Sponsors and Host Committee AB&I Recyclable Materials Department – James T. Ray Lauren and Steve Adams American Foundry Society – Northern California Chapter CASS, Inc. – Official Metal Recycling Partner of The Crucible Jeremy Crandell Lori and Skip Fogarty Ann and Shawn Fischer Hecht Elizabeth Mumm Meier Charles Olson and Yoko Watanabe Pacific Pinball Museum Leslie Pritchett Schnitzer Steel Industries David Shulman
2015 Fire & Light Soiree Gala Photo Gallery
Thanks to everyone who joined us at The Crucible’s 2015 Fire & Light Soirée. It was a fabulous night of art, fire, friendship… and fundraising! We surpassed our financial goal for the evening, raising $215,000 for Crucible programs, including $78,000 for youth programs and scholarships. Below are just a few snapshots of last year’s memorable Soirée! Click on each image to enlarge. Save the date! On Saturday, April 9 we celebrate the vision of special guests and honorees at The Crucible’s Fire & Light Soirée 2016. For table reservations or sponsorships, please contact Sheri Kuehl, Development Director, at [email protected] or (510) 444-0919 x119.
Watch Past Virtual Events
Virtual Artist Talk: Rob Nehring
Please join us Friday, June 5, for our next virtual artist talk with Crucible faculty member, Rob Nehring, of our Welding Department. Rob has been a part of The Crucible community...
Virtual Artist Talk: Nico Chen
Please join us Friday, May 22 for our next virtual artist talk. We’ll be speaking with Nico Chen, writer, photographer, and critical learning scientist focused on reimagining...
Virtual Artist Talk: Lara Hopwood
During this Virtual Artist Talk, Oakland artist and fire performer, Lara Hopwood will discuss her early introduction to fire dance, how she goes about planning a fire performance,...
Virtual Artist Talk: Whimsical and Functional Glass With Sam Schumacher
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Virtual Artist Talk: Creating Culture Through Ceramics With Rosa Dorantes
Please join us this Friday for a virtual artist talk with Oakland artist, Rosa Dorantes, an accomplished ceramist with over twenty years of experience. Since Rosa became The...
Virtual Artist Talk: Metalworking Beyond Borders With Karen Smith
Please join us this Friday for a virtual artist talk with Oakland artist, Karen Smith. We'll discuss her philosophy on art-making, how it influences her artistry and metalwork, and...
Virtual Artist Talk: Repujado History, Family, and Culture
Join The Crucible for our first-ever virtual artist talk with Oakland repujado artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. We'll discuss her metal embossing practice and how her work reflects...