Our studios are still buzzing from Saturday’s Fire and Water Open House! With over 1,000 attendees, molten bronze being poured into ice and live raku firings, this was an extra special Open House. We raised awareness for The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit with the mission to remove plastic from the ocean. The Crucible Bar was slinging delicious mimosas, sangria, and beer donated by Old Kan Beer & Co, and split their tips with The Ocean Cleanup!

“I had a wonderful time! I really appreciate all the kids activities and the friendly, helpful vibe of the artists and volunteers,” Jessica Berthold told us.

Forty-two Crucible faculty, staff, and students displayed their art work in our Fire and Water Open House Art Gallery, and attendees cast their votes for their favorite art pieces, selecting Billy Hiebert’s Slugo, as the winner of The Crucible’s Community Choice Award. Billy made Slugo from cast resin in 1969. As the head of our Moldmaking department, Slugo proves that Billy is a master of his craft!

In Foundry, instructor Denise Snaer-Gauder poured molten bronze into ice. Kids explored their creativity throughout the studio, glazing raku ceramics to be fired on the spot, trying out the air compressor in Stone Carving, and stamping pendants in Jewelry. We also had a Bike-Fix-A-Thon in our Bike Shop, and our tireless bike mechanic volunteers fixed bikes for neighbors all day long. 

Thank you to all of our amazing attendees, faculty, staff, and volunteers for making our Fire and Water Open House such a success. We hope to see you in the studio soon! Below are some of our favorite photos from the event. Don’t forget to tag us in photos you share online, and use the hashtag #CrucibleOpenHouse

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