Public registration is now open, and we chose our top class picks for you! We added over twenty brand new courses to our shop to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! These new classes are project focused, with opportunities for you to create wooden benches, wind chimes, elegant stacking rings, and more. And even better—many of them are only one day and can fit into even the busiest of schedules.

From old favorites that haven’t run recently like Iron CastingBurn Barrel, and Hand-Cut Dovetails, to brand new classes like Shot Glass Class, this is sure to be a fun beginning of the year! Not sure what class to pick? We broke down some of our top class picks to ensure your registration is a success!

Shopping for the family? Our 2019 Youth Spring and Summer Camps are open for registration! And make sure to sign up for a Pyro membership so you can take 10% off for your whole family! Spring Camps will run during Oakland Unified School District’s Spring Break, from March 25–29, 2019, and Summer Camps will run weekly between June 17–August 2, 2019.

Brand New Classes: 20 for 20!

To celebrate The Crucible’s 20th anniversary as an industrial arts school, we are releasing over 20 brand new courses that are multidisciplinary, fiery, convenient, and all of the above. Sixteen of these new top class picks are now open for registration!

Great Gifts

Learn to blow glass and make your own colorful shot glass. Students will learn to gather and color hot glass, then shape it into a functional shot glass. Once your glass has cooled, return on Friday for a tasting of fine spirits with local spirit experts.

Pet Collar And Tag

Calling all pet lovers! Learn to cut, edge, and dye leather, then set rivets and add a buckle to your pet’s new dashing collar! Once the collar is complete, take it over to the Jewelry Department and anneal, stamp, and design a tag for your favorite furry friend.

Large Ceramic Forms

Explore techniques for making larger ceramic forms that can survive the kiln! Make a ceramic sculpture or planter, while practicing handbuilding techniques like coiling and pinching, as well as more advanced sculpting techniques to create a one-of-a-kind piece that will dazzle any home.

Great Gifts

Embossing is the process of raising the two-dimensional surface of a design to give it varying degrees of depth, an effect that can’t be achieved in painting, drawing, or printing. In this three-hour class, students will learn to emboss using a traditional press, exploring a variety of materials and both traditional and experimental techniques.

Great Gifts

Learn to understand what exactly fire is, techniques to prevent uncontained fires, and how to suppress a variety of fire effects. Walk away with a scientific understanding of the sources of fire and its reactions, as well as hands-on experience putting out fire effects under expert guidance.

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Learn to create unique patterns on fabric using shibori techniques and natural indigo dye. You will use folding, tying, and binding resist techniques to dye four cotton napkins and one tote bag. You will also learn the basics of mixing and maintaining a natural indigo dye bath.

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Top Picks: Entry Level

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Top Picks

In this course, you will complete a finished iron sculpture. You will explore mold construction and preparation while building your own sand mold with resin-bonded sand. Learn the steps required to prepare the cupola for an iron pour. At the spectacular iron pour event, students prepare iron and coke charges, operate the cupola, and pour molten iron into their new mold.

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Each student will create a 7” diameter stovetop waffle iron with a waffle pattern of your own design. We will make sand molds and use a cupola furnace to melt the iron. At the spectacular iron pour event, students prepare iron and coke charges, operate the cupola, and pour molten iron into their new mold.

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Cutting dovetail joints by hand is a milestone in the path of a fine woodworker. Students learn how to use chisels and saws to cut dovetails precisely, getting feedback on how to improve their work with hand tools.

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Gain invaluable skills for fabricating parts for motorcycles, cars, airplanes, and sculptures. Learn how to form sheet metal into tanks, fenders, and fairings, using gas-aluminum welding, a planishing hammer, an English wheel, and hand forming tools.

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Use your creativity to design and create a decorative outdoor fire pit, called a burn barrel, out of a steel drum. We will focus on the subtractive process, using oxy-acetylene torch cutting techniques.

Top Picks: Youth Camps

The following camps sold out in 2018!

Become a Pyro member to register early, and get 10% off class tuition for your whole family. See all Youth Camps here.

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