TIG Welding II

TIG Welding II

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Class Days: Please make a selection aboveSaturday; Sunday

Class Time: Please make a selection above10am-6pm (15 total hours)

Age Group: Ages 16+

Class Code: Please make a selection above6TIG31A22-A

Continuing Class (See prerequisites in description) Welding

Price: $455.00

Member Price: $420.00

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This class expands on the basic skills taught in TIG Welding I. Students will be given a series of technical exercises designed to improve their focus and control, review joint types, positions, and beads, and introduce them to new fabrication tips and techniques. Students will venture into TIG welding other types of metals, with an emphasis on aluminum and stainless steel. This class prepares you to work on your own. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I

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. All students ages 12 and up must bring proof of vaccination to your first day of class. 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.
For adult classes, youth ages 12+ are welcome to take any adult class for ages 16+, if the parent/guardian is registered in the same class with them. The only exception is for classes in the Glass Blowing Department, where youth must be 14+ to register with their parent/guardian. Adult classes marked 18+ are only for adults over the age of 18. For youth classes, the age requirements stated on the class are generally non-negotiable, unless a student has taken multiple prior classes with us and gets approval from Crucible staff and the class instructor for an exception.
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.
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.

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Mark Metz

I began my journey into welding, fabrication, and the metalworking arts by joining the Survival Research Laboratories team led by Mark Pauline in 1986. (www.srl.org) I spent five years immersed with this fire and robotics performance art crew building and operating machines and special effects devices for large scale shows in California, Washington, New York, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Barcelona. This led to work in a variety of fields including structural ironwork, marine welding, and stainless steel winery equipment manufacture.

From 1995 to 2006 I privately contracted high end architectural and interior design projects for the designers Ron and Louise Mann, many of which were featured in publications such as Architectural Digest and Nest. This was a diverse collection of challenging designs including bespoke furniture, custom installations & fixtures, and sculptural components in materials such as brass, copper, stainless, and cast magnesium, as well as mild steel and stainless.

Alongside this commercial and privately commissioned work, I’ve created innumerable metal sculptures and functional art pieces, many of which found homes in private residences or public retreat centers.

My work with The Crucible began in 2001 as a Studio Manager when we were located on Murray Street in West Berkeley. After the move to Oakland I taught a class called “Special Projects in Metal Design” for several years, sort of an ABC’s of fabrication skills for aspiring designers, furniture makers, and sculptors. After a nearly decade-long hiatus to pursue other interests and raise a child I returned to The Crucible to re-join the welding faculty in 2017.

In my creative metal work, I feel that I am primarily working with light. The various patterns, textures, and material properties of different metals are only the medium. My goal is to create lasting and timeless pieces that evoke feelings of curiosity, levity, and joy among those who share space with them.

With my students and functional projects, I bring the values of solid craftsmanship and structural integrity to the fore. I believe that a well-made object should outlast it’s maker for generations, and glow with an inherent quality that only a skilled and dedicated creator can provide. In a world of simulacra and technology, the hand guided by consciousness shines through.

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