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Fire and Metal are Awesome. Fire, Metal and Girl Power? Epic.

Carla Hall teaching the Women’s Blacksmithing Workshop.Earlier this year, a dozen women gathered for the bi-annual Women’s Blacksmithing Workshop. The Crucible offers this special workshop – taught by women, for women – to cover the fundamentals of blacksmithing and forging steel.

Hot Couture 2014: The Fusion of Fashion & Fire

The Crucible’s fiery fusion of fashion design and industrial art returns Bay Area fashion designers and industrial artists have been collaborating for months to bring you one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art melding haute couture concepts with fine and industrial arts. This multidisciplinary performance will feature first-ever public viewings of stunning, cutting edge looks, new staging, fire effects, and […]

Maker Camp Google+ Hangout at The Crucible

The Crucible hosted Make Media and Google for a virtual Maker Camp broadcast via Google+ on July 10, 2013. The Crucible’s Youth Program Associate, Iz Plasencia, lead the virtual campers through a tour of our industrial art studios and classrooms and a short project.

Vote The Crucible for “Best of the East Bay” in East Bay Express Poll

The East Bay Express is running their annual “Best of the East Bay” reader poll, in which they’re asking YOU to vote on your favorite local spots.  We’d love your help to represent The Crucible in this year’s “Best Of” issue! Here’s how you can help:

Paul Nosa and His Solar-Powered Sewing Machine: Playa Bound Preview

Meet Paul Nosa. For the past year, he’s been touring the country with his solar-powered sewing machine (yes, you read that right), participating in every art night, maker event, and museum exhibition possible.

Bringing the Stone Ages to Life: Barry Baldwin, Legendary Stone Carver

Barry Baldwin, founder of The Crucible’s Stone Carving program, is a legend. A stone carver since age 16, Barry has toured the world for his craft, working everywhere from Beirut, Lebanon to Trafalgar Square.

Youth Internship Focus: Robert Collins, Part 2

Robert Collins, a senior and theater production specialist at the Oakland School for the Arts, has been a dedicated Crucible member throughout his youth.  Earlier, we sat down with Robert to learn about his journey at The Crucible.  

The Crucible at Maker Faire 2013

We love Maker Faire! A celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, the festival brings makers together to showcase their wares, inspire creativity, and most of all – to have fun. Check out a few pictures of our exhilarating weekend! The Crucible kicked off Maker Faire with the festival’s Education Day. With a blacksmithing demonstration by Celeste Flores, an […]

Faculty Focus: Judy Stone, Master Enamelist

Detail of enameled vessel by Judy Stone. Judy Stone, Head of the Enameling Department, oozes patience, dedication, and wisdom. Having taught at The Crucible since the organization’s inception, she’s spent those years building core curriculum, creating innovative pieces, and establishing her reputation internationally. Now, she’s proving that slow and steady wins the race: in addition […]

Put Your Money Where Your Art Is: Interview with Metal Artist, Adrian Rodriguez

Welded sculpture by Adrian RodriguezAdrian Rodriguez has been a lifelong artist, but it was only after discovering The Crucible with the help of his high school teacher, did he start realizing his full potential as an industrial artist. In this interview with writer, Sarah Dabby, Adrian takes us on his artistic journey and offers pithy […]

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