Category: Blog

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 […]

The Crucible Says It Out Loud

The Crucible is taking steps to define our presence in West Oakland. If you’ve come in for a class or whizzed by on BART in recent weeks, you’ve surely noticed our brand new self-identifying letters at the top of our warehouse.  Now for the real question: When, not if, to add fire to the letters? […]

Fireside Lounge May 2016 [COPY FOR NEW PG]

Friday, May 6 | 6:30-9:30 pm Demonstrations | Hands-on activities | Art show Learn about classes | Performances FREE admission & open to all Celebrating Oakland First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur, The Crucible’s Fireside Lounge is an intimate evening of art, industry, community and entertainment. This exclusive engagement takes place in The Crucible’s studio and […]

Spring Open House 2016

Saturday, March 26 | 12-5 pm Demonstrations | Hands-on activities | Art show | Bike sale Learn about classes | Performances FREE admission & open to all   Our spring open house highlights the scientific principles, inquiry and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts processes taught and practiced at The Crucible. Nearly 20 industrial disciplines are […]

Friday Flames

End the workweek with flames, friends and a toast! Join us for a Friday Flame, a unique night out creating industrial art and enjoying good company. Enjoy a 2-hour workshop creating a work of art to take home. Then sip wine or beer with the group and marvel at your new masterpiece. Try different Friday […]

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