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.
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.
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.
The Crucible is a fine and industrial arts nonprofit in Oakland, CA that teaches classes in blacksmithing, ceramics, neon, glass blowing, and more. 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.