Over the past four months, The Crucible’s founding Open For Business cohort—Amy Alaman, Brandyn Willridge, Cori Pillows, and Komoia Johnson—have been building new skills in the industrial arts while growing their businesses. With help from faculty mentors, participants explored techniques in woodturning, moldmaking, jewelry casting, welding, glass flameworking, stone setting, and more.
Last Friday, friends, family, and Crucible community members gathered to celebrate the culmination of our Open For Business pilot program. During the event, each participant presented their unique collections ad shared plans for the future of their brands.
“I learned to use the tools I needed to create my vision,” shared Cori PIllows while standing alongside her hand-crafted wooden creations. “I plan to have a full home decor line and am looking forward to offering everything from framed paintings to cutting boards.”
Not only did program participants leave with a wealth of new knowledge and a brand new collection of work, they also left with tools, materials, and connections they can use to sustain their business. “There’s no price I could put on what I got out of this,” shared Amy. “In terms of the materials and the tools that I’m going to keep, I’m blown away. I just feel like it was so abundant in this unexpected way and a lot of incubators don’t have that.”