C'Zarriah Torrence-Smith

C'Zarriah Davis-Smith

Crucible Staff Since: June 2020

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BIO

When C’Zarriah was still a sophomore at Oakland Tech, she visited The Crucible for one of our four annual Field Trip Days. It was C’Zarriah's first exposure to the industrial arts. At Oakland Tech, C’Zarriah studied drawing and painting, but her visit to The Crucible made her see artmaking in a new way. “That field trip to The Crucible changed my perspective on art,” C’Zarriah explains. “I thought I could only do 2D art, more traditional art. It didn't cross my mind that I could do industrial art like flameworking or glass blowing.” Shortly after her first visit to The Crucible, C’Zarriah learned about available scholarship opportunities for Oakland youth. With support from The Crucible’s scholarship program, she registered for her first class, Youth Glass Flameworking. She couldn’t wait to get started on her new creative journey. “Trying a new medium where you don't know anything or how to best approach it is exciting. My first summer at The Crucible, I discovered that I really, really enjoy flameworking, more than just a hobby. It makes me happy!” Despite having never worked behind a torch before, her instructors were immediately impressed with her drive and commitment to improving. Crucible staff encouraged C’Zarriah to apply for our two-year Fuego Youth Leadership Program, an opportunity where high school students spend four weeks expanding their industrial arts knowledge and developing leadership skills during Youth Summer Camps.