This year, The Crucible is on track to reach 1,000 members—the largest number in our nearly 24-year history! Not only do Crucible Members have access to perks like early registration and 10% off class tuition, but their membership fees also help support the many free and subsidized community programs we run each year.
To thank them for their continued support, we recently launched HOT! GLASS! BRUNCH!, a members-exclusive event featuring live demonstrations from our Glass Blowing department. The event also includes a tour of our 56,000-square-foot studio, complete with information on the history of our surrounding West Oakland neighborhood.
On Saturday, September 18, we held our inaugural event for nearly 30 members and their guests. While munching on delicious pastries from Ann’s Catering, folks mingled with fellow members and met Crucible administrators before touring our facility. HOT! GLASS! BRUNCH! marks the return of our beloved studio tours which have been on pause since early 2020. The program has been reimagined as a member benefit, with plans to offer paid tours to the public in early 2023.
“We’ve made so many building upgrades and launched a number of new programs over the past few years,” shared Development Manager and HOT! GLASS! BRUNCH! organizer, Shaina Johnson. “Sharing that with our members over brunch and bubbles seemed like a great way to let them know how much we appreciate their support.”