Classes taught at The CrucibleJoining metal with heat is a fabrication process used since the Bronze Age, and new technology develops continually. The Crucible teaches beginning and advanced classes in four different kinds of welding: oxy-acetylene gas welding, arc or stick welding, metal inert gas (MIG) welding, and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding. Start with a beginning class in one type of welding, or sample all four types in our Exploring Welding class.
3-Hour Taster: MIG Welding
3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. You can try Blacksmithing, Ceramics, Enameling, Foundry, Glass Casting, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Jewelry, Leather or MIG Welding. Take a Taster and meet new friends, or give the gift of creativity to someone special. These popular and fun classes fill up fast!
Build Your Own Backyard BBQ or Fire Pit
Whether you’re a BBQ enthusiast or enjoy entertaining around a fire pit, learn to design and build the ultimate BBQ or fire pit from a recycled tank and scrap metal. The class will focus on reuse of materials to create a functional one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture. On the last day of class, we will fire up a BBQ or two and celebrate our creations with a grill-fest! Then you can show off your hand-crafted BBQ or fire pit to friends all summer long.
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 oxyacetylene torch cutting techniques. Please come to class with a sketchbook and any ideas you may have.
Can’t decide what type of welding to take? Explore the varied possibilities of welding. We will focus on four types of welding: oxyacetylene, stick, metal inert gas (MIG), and tungsten inert gas (TIG). Students will get the chance to try all four, and this class will guide you to the types most appropriate for the projects you want to complete.
Friday Flame: MIG Welding
End the workweek with fire, friends, and a toast. Join us for Friday Flame, a unique night focused on industrial arts and 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!
Glass Blowing into Metal
Using foundational techniques in Sculpture & Metal Fabrication, students will design and MIG weld a framework for blowing a unique glass and metal sculpture. Potential projects include vases, abstract sculptures, lighting fixtures and more. The possibilities are virtually limitless with this dynamic material interaction. Once the metal portion is completed, students will assist a professional glassblower in completing their work. This last section will cover basic processes and techniques within the “hotshop,” priming students to explore this medium as well.
MIG Welding I
MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise, then transitions into a small creative project. Come with ideas for a simple project.
Learn to weld using a torch that burns a mixture of oxygen and acetylene gases. You’ll gain skills in cutting, joining, and shaping sheet metal to make a geometric candleholder along with another small project of your choice. This class covers plasma cutting and oxyacetylene cutting, and introduces how to join metals by brazing.
The Art of Metal: Design & Furniture Fabrication
Fabricate one-of-a-kind metal furniture for your home! Going beyond basic MIG welding, this 10-week class focuses on designing and fabricating functional and aesthetically interesting benches, coffee tables, flower stands, cabinets, wheeled furniture, shelves, coat racks, and just about any other piece of furniture you might like to fabricate. Be prepared to weld and cut on the first day as a review. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: MIG Welding I
TIG & Titanium
Titanium metal is sensitive and tricky to weld, but this 1-day class will teach you the basics of titanium TIG welding with standard shop equipment. You’ll learn the properties of titanium and techniques to avoid cracking and contamination of this material, such as appropriate use of gas lenses and back-purging welds with argon to bring them down to a lower temperature. You’ll see demonstrations and practice basic and some advanced welds in class. Experience with TIG welding recommended. Please bring gloves and wear suitable clothing. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I
TIG Welding I
Weld any metal you desire, including steel, stainless steel, bronze, copper, aluminum, or titanium. TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a precise method that makes clean, focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. In this introductory class, you will use steel to develop a series of fundamental welding techniques. Students will complete a small project by the end of the class.
TIG Welding II
Build on what you have learned in TIG Welding I. Hone your technique and expand your skillset through a series of exercises that help you develop precision and control, as well as learn to prepare and weld various types of joints used in fabrication. We will also venture into the variety of other metals that can be welded with TIG, emphasizing aluminum and copper. This class will prepare you to work on your own, either in your own shop or through the CREATE program. PREREQUISITE: TIG Welding I
Welded Art Stands & Displays
Looking for an elegant way to professionally display your artwork? Make a custom art stand or display that you’ll never find at the store! Bring your existing art piece in order to design and fabricate a functional and aesthetically complementary stand to highlight the piece. Students learn the basics of MIG welding, plasma cutting and metal finishing techniques, to add a more polished and professional appearance.
Welded Sculpture I
Learn to join pieces of metal using arc welding, also known as stick welding. Instructors teach you to slice through metal with the hot flame of an oxyacetylene torch, and to use power and hand tools to finish your work. You’ll make a small sculpture to take home.
Welded Sculpture II
Take your sculptural techniques to the next level in this engaging course. Advance your skills and incorporate new common metals, such as stainless steel and cast iron, to your piece. Students develop advanced welding techniques and receive instruction about new fabrication tools. We will expand on different finishing techniques and patinas to give your sculpture a more polished and professional appearance. PREREQUISITE: Welded Sculpture I
Welding Immersion Program
The Crucible Immersion Workshops are designed to give beginning to advanced students an opportunity to do a deep-dive study in a particular curriculum area. Over the course of five days, you will learn theory, principles, and extensive techniques that will give you the necessary skills to work independently. Each day will consist of six hours of instruction with four hours of optional open lab time in the evening, except Friday, which will be a full 8-hour lab day. Lunch and dinner will be provided. The week will conclude with a dinner and artist reception on Friday evening, where artists will have their work on display to talk about proudly. Friends and family will be welcome and can join the dinner for a fee.
With an electrode to strike an arc of electricity at more than 3000 degrees, you will learn to join and cut metal to create a series of custom projects using tools such as a MIG welder and plasma cutter. Safety and use of fabrication shop tools such as the horizontal band saw, sheerer, the notcher, drill press, hydraulic pipe bender, hole punch, pipe roller, sheet roller, and the finger brake will also be taught. In a supportive and encouraging environment, you will learn welding theory and principles including conceptual design, drawing to communicate your ideas, design development and detailing, material selection, sourcing, purchasing, and metal terminology. Fundamental techniques such as basic hossfeld bending, oxy/acetylene bending, fabrication, connections (tapping, bolting, screwing, riveting), grinding, and finishing will be taught to expand and refine your skills.
During this exciting workshop, a professional fabrication artist will guide you through the techniques of working with mild steel and recycled materials. You will have the opportunity to construct projects of your very own design during the open lab. Furniture, sculpture of all types, and lighting are all encouraged. Projects will be discussed and evaluated for feasibility and cost, given the 1-week timeframe. We will have a library of metal working books and sample projects for inspiration. Come experience The Crucible in an intense learning program that will foster new skills and develop the artist in you. No experience is necessary to take this class. Sign up now for an incredible opportunity to indulge in the lifestyle of a full time artist!
Women’s Arc Welding
Ladies, learn welding taught by women, for women! This class covers all the same material as Welded Sculpture I, but in an all-female environment. No prior experience needed.
Women’s MIG Welding
Ladies, learn welding taught by women, for women! This class covers all the same material as MIG I, but in an all-female environment. No prior experience needed.
Wood + Metal
Learn the fundamental properties of wood and metal, the two titans of materials. Students create a custom piece of furniture that incorporates both materials and highlights the ways each one complements the other. Bring your ideas and measurements for a small piece of custom wood and metal furniture. Past projects include coffee tables, bookshelves, and small desks.
Youth Girls MIG Welding
This is a class taught specifically for girls by professional women welders. MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.
Youth Intro to Welded Sculpture (ages 12-17)
Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal. This intensive introduction to stick welding (also known as arc welding) and oxyacetylene torch cutting is taught by a technical pro. In-depth demonstrations and guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment as instructors help you create a small welded sculpture or project.
Youth MIG Welding (ages 12-17)
MIG (metal inert gas) is the most common type of modern welding. It is a process by which a welding machine focuses electricity along a moving metal wire that is fed through a hose to a handheld torch. Student welders manipulate this torch as the electricity melts the wire and creates a weld. You will learn about the fundamentals of MIG welding, such as metallurgy, preparation, joints, technique, and safety. We will also cover plasma torch cutting. The class begins with a basic, technical welding exercise and transitions into a small creative project.
Youth TIG Welding (ages 14-17)
TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding is a highly precise method of welding that makes clean and focused welds on everything from super-thin to very thick materials. You will learn the basics of TIG welding by working with mild steel. You will create sculpture projects that allow you to put your creativity and welding skills to use!
Youth Welded Sculpture Immersion Program (ages 12-17)
Dive deep in this beginning and continuing level youth workshop. Students take an immersive step into weeklong study, becoming young artisans along the way. Learn to fuse, cut, bend, and shape metal in this intensive introduction to stick (or arc) welding and oxyacetylene torch cutting. Guidance will be given on the safe and effective operation of welding equipment. You will also be exposed to theory, principles, and extensive techniques that let you design and create your own independent projects. No experience necessary.