“We feel like there are no better ambassadors for the work that we do. It’s a win-win to have educators experience firsthand how meaningful these programs are,” explains Community Programs Manager Iz Plasencia.“During the pandemic, they have been working constantly, so we’re really happy to provide them a small opportunity to enjoy themselves.”
This is the first in a series of new Hot Shop offerings coming this spring. Not only will regular classes resume (yay!), but we will also have increased studio access for artists, new opportunities for McClymonds High School students, and workshops for Crucible faculty and staff.
And The Crucible Hot Shop is going mobile. Sam Schumacher, who has been teaching at The Crucible since 2015 and runs his own independent studio in Berkeley, is working on building a portable furnace and annealer to be installed in our Educational Response Vehicle (ERV). We will take this portable furnace out for demos and workshops at schools and events, helping bring the magic of glass blowing to folks all over the Bay Area.
“It’s such a valuable community resource,” explained Sam. “There’s limited access to glass blowing and it’s a challenging medium to get into. I’m really excited to be giving people access who might not normally have it.”
The Hot Shop is just getting started and already it’s returning life to the studio. As our first students gathered for today’s class, faculty and staff stopped to appreciate the roar of the furnace and the magic of our artists at work.
“The Hot Shop is just so mesmerizing,” said Iz staring at the furnace. “The sound and the flames and the molten glass—it’s so captivating. And it’s something that’s been missing from this space.”
Stay tuned for more information on Hot Shop programming and classes in the coming months as we expand our Glass Blowing department.