Blacksmithing I

Blacksmithing I

Class Code: 4BLK10B21-G

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - July 6, 2021

Class Time: 6:30-9:30pm (15 total hours)

Instructor(s): Celeste Flores

Age Group: Ages 16+

Entry Level Class (No prerequisite required) in Blacksmithing

Price: $470.00

Member Price: $440.00

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Learn the basics of blacksmithing! This class teaches the fundamental skills needed to forge steel and understand blacksmithing tools. We will introduce tapering, upsetting, flattening, dishing, and bending of hot steel. Students make small projects, such as spoons, knives, forks, and hooks.

New Health and Safety Guidelines

All students must review and adhere to all of The Crucible's Health and Safety Guidelines to best protect our students and staff during this public health crisis. Classes have been modified to Alameda County’s latest safety recommendations and will continue to adapt as things change. If your class is cancelled by The Crucible due to updated county guidance, we are pleased to offer you a refund for a class or session that cannot run.

Students who withdraw at least seven days prior to the first scheduled session of a class will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than seven days before the class start date. Classes are subject to cancellation; and in the event that The Crucible cancels a class, students receive information about refund, credit, or transfer. If you are interested in taking a class, register early so we know you're interested! There are no make-up classes. No exceptions. While it is infrequent, instructors are subject to change. See all of The Crucible's Policies and Resources here.
At The Crucible, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas will not be accepted inside The Crucible.
The Crucible is conveniently located at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA, just two blocks east of the West Oakland BART station. There is a student parking lot with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot fills up quickly, and we encourage students to bike or take public transit to class. For weekend or weeklong classes, there are great places to grab food around the area, including at 7th West and Mandela Grocery Cooperative, as well as a microwave on-site at The Crucible for students who wish to warm up packed lunches.

Teacher Bio: Celeste Flores

Welcome to my life as a blacksmith. I began my journey years ago as a child, following my drive to express myself through art. While growing up I obsessively studied drawing and painting. I attended The Academy of Art University in San Francisco, concentrating on fine art sculpture. There I was introduced to a hammer and anvil. I was hooked. Eventually I became an intern at The Crucible in Oakland. Currently, I teach blacksmithing there. I worked briefly at a small well known bronze studio in Berkeley forging architectural bronze.

Together at the shop we took two trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina where we had the opportunity to teach new blacksmiths in South America. Currently serve on the board for the California Blacksmith Association and the Executive Team at The Crucible. I keep very busy growing my business forging custom objects for customer’s homes, gardens, and businesses.

I love commissioned work. For me it’s a collaboration between myself and the owner. I love the boundaries of style, era, and space that are inevitable in a site specific project. I love matching my vision as an artist to the home and to the owner. It’s a very challenging and rewarding process that drives me to continue to learn and push the boundaries of my abilities.

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