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Learn To Work With Materials From The Earth

Everything we make starts with the earth—but in these specific areas of study, artisans work more directly with materials taken directly from nature.

In these guides, we collect the expertise of our 150+ faculty and master craftspeople to share with anyone interested in learning how to make their own objects by hand. Explore our Ceramics, Fire & Performance, Leatherworking, Stoneworking, Textiles, and Woodworking Departments. You will learn everything from how to make a wooden bench to how to dance with fire.

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The Crucible is the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country, where we offer classes and studio time in 19+ areas. In these guides, we break down our studio areas and focus on sharing the knowledge of our instructors with you. You can explore our guides, defined by our four main areas: Earth, Glass, Metal, and Machine.

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The Crucible’s Guides are a work in progress. We are constantly working to provide the most up-to-date, informative guides to the industrial arts. Let us know what guides you would like to see by filling out the form below.

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Woodworking I

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Learn how to use power tools and hand tools safely and effectively to build a piece of fine furniture. Class assignments introduce the core concepts and techniques required for...

Foundry Lab

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Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...

Foundry Lab

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Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...

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