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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 […]

Bike Program Needs Your Vote to Win $25,000

Dear Community Members, Friends, Family Members, Passers-By, Colleagues, and Artists Everywhere,We’re excited to announce that The Crucible has been chosen as one of 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook Challenge! Our “Bikes for West Oakland” initiative is now in the running to receive a $25,000 through a crowd-sourced, voter-based contest on Facebook. YOUR votes […]

2014 Playa Bound: Free Summer Open House

We’ll feature several works in progress for deployment in Black Rock City later this summer, including the 27 foot/400 screen fractal projection machine Between Dimensions, roving cocktail bar K9 Mark IV-BM, and the multi-media Visual Orchestra. We’ll also be joined be fire spinners and dancers for a fire jam performance between 1:30 and 3:00. Crucible […]

Teacher Takes Class on a Hands-On Ancient Civilization Adventure

Orinda Intermediate School students in The Crucible’s smithy. At The Crucible, educators like Bobby Glasser have a special place in our hearts.  A sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies (Ancient Civilizations) teacher at Orinda Intermediate School, Bobby joined The Crucible community in 2006, when he attended the Seven Deadly Sins show.  From there, he […]

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