The annual Soirée benefit gala is an evening of art, industry, community, creativity, and fire in support of The Crucible’s education programs.

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Honoree Dr. Frances Hellman

Celebrate the contributions and vision of honoree Dr. Frances Hellman, Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to being a highly lauded physicist, educator, and researcher, Frances is also an enthusiastic arts advocate and practitioner, and has been a valued member of The Crucible’s community for more than a decade.

Art Auction

The Bay Area’s top artists have donated art for the Soirée Art Auction. Expand your art collection by bidding on incredible works in glass, metal, wood, ceramic, and more in the live art auction. Raise your paddle to make a 100% tax-deductible contribution that supports youth classes, camps, and programs that serve more than 5,000 young people annually. Your generosity keeps The Crucible’s fires burning.

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GD Wright

Interplay of the Heart
2015
Forged steel and blown glass
16 x 24 x 12 inches

Erica Compton

Untitled
2017
Sterling silver and bronze
20 inches

Carla Hall

Steampunk Birdskulls
2016
Cast and fabricated iron
5 x 8 inches, each

Sam Schumacher

Wormhole
2017
Blown glass
14 x 5 x 5 inches

Sean Orlando

Germination
2015
Steel, silicon carbide, and organic
polymers of high molecular mass
5 x 2.5 x 2.5 feet

Robert W. Nehring

Masquerade
2017
Mild steel
6 x 3 feet

Jenny Wong-Stanley

Untitled
2014
Conifer wood
10 x 4 x 5 inches

Zack Rudolph

Vase
2011
Blown glass
13 x 8 x 4 inches

Bruce Beasley

Offspring IV
2009
Cast bronze
8.5 x 3 inches

Dark Garden
Unique Corsetry

Custom made corset
(representative of final product)
2017
Sewn fabric and steel
Dimensions and details custom crafted to your specifications

Michael Sturtz

Falling Water
2009
Cast glass and metal
10 x 21 x 27 inches

Gregg Hessel

Untitled
(representative of actual piece)
2017
Hammered copper candlesticks
Varied sizes

Byrd Pappas with Lindsay Partridge and Sam Schumacher

Custom fabricated bar cart
2016
Steel, hand forged steel, and wood, with hand blown glass
32 x 22 x 32 inches

Colleen Paz

Kinetic bug jars (set of two)
2015
Mixed media
2 x 2 x 6 inches and 3 x 3 x 11 inches

Kier Lugo

Vessel 2
2016
Sand blasted and silver mirrored blown glass
and steel
15 x 8 x 4 inches

Celeste Flores

Pete
2016
Hand forged steel
12 x 46 x 16 inches

Clifford Bohm

Rustic Knife Set
2017
Recycled leaf spring steel, ebony, stainless steel
2 x 9 x .625 inches and 2 x 12 x .625 inches

Warren Breslau

Barb’s Bench
(representative of actual piece)
2017
TIG welded steel and Philippine mahogany
16 x 18 x 48 inches

Alexander Smith

Pieces of 8
2016
Cast bronze and blown glass
11 x 7 inches

Custom Crucible class

Hands-on private workshop for your group
Three-hour workshop at The Crucible
For 6-12 participants (depending on area chosen)
Date to be mutually agreed upon

Fund-A-Need

Support The Crucible’s work with youth
Make a 100% tax-deductible donation
Contributions provide scholarships, free programming for schools and other community partners, and support young interns and apprentices.

Soirée Sponsors

SILVER SPONSORS

AB&I Foundry
Fannie Allen and George Cogan
Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau
Jeremy Crandell
Shawn and Ann Fischer Hecht
James Madsen
Renée Ventimiglia
Sean Orlando and Roger Wu

BRONZE SPONSORS

Lauren and Steve Adams
Katie Fahey
Lori and Skip Fogarty
Lapis Group, Inc.
Elizabeth Mumm Meier
NetTempo
Yoko Watanabe and Charles Olson
Leslie Pritchett
Schnitzer Steel Industries
Michael Sturtz

SPECIAL GUEST

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

SOIREE STYLE INSPIRATION

Dark Garden Corsetry & Couture

We have opportunities for companies and individuals to play an important role in this event.
These documents outline the sponsorship levels and benefits:

Corporate Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor Info PDF

Host Committee

Host Committee Info PDF

Photo Galleries

See photos of past Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction events:

2015 Soirée Photos

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2016 Soirée Photos

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Donate to The Crucible Fund to keep our fires burning brightly.
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