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Since 1999, The Crucible has produced a wide variety of events ranging from fundraisers to operas to community open houses. Maintaining collaborations with highly-trained craft and industrial artists, our goal is to reach far and wide into as well as beyond our community to make memorable events, whether recurring open houses or once-in-a-lifetime spectacles.

Take a tour

Find out what we have to offer in a free, guided tour of our 56,000 square foot facility. Tours are given twice a month: the 1st Tuesday at 6pm, and the 3rd Saturday at 3pm, except during holidays and special events.



Hot Couture 2017: The Beautiful Ones

Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 8pm

Friday, February 17, 2017 • 8pm

Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 8pm

Sunday, February 19, 2017 • 7pm

Since 2007, haute couture has been turned on its ear, Crucible-style, with Hot Couture — a spectacular flaming fashion show that features wearable art from the Bay Area’s most cutting-edge designers.

Delirium’s Feign

The Crucible’ Cathedral Gallery presents October 21 – November 12, 2010 Show Opening Reception: Thursday, October 21st, 6-9PM Gallery Closing Reception: Friday, November 12th, 6-9PM Ushering in the fall and onset of All Hallow’s Eve,

Crucible Revival

The Crucible’s 12th Anniversary Benefit January 14 & 15, 2011 • 7-11pm (Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm) Press Release A fiery benefit for The Crucible’s educational programs honoring the work of

Halloween Fun

Halloween Weekend • October 22-23, 2011 Join us at The Crucible this Halloween for a spooky weekend of fun. We’ll teach you a new trick that is sure to be a treat. Introduction to Blacksmithing

HEAT: A Fire Cabaret

HEAT: A Fire Cabaret Seduction’s Flash Point July 15-17, 2010  7PM EVENTS PHOTOS HERE… PHOTOBOOF PHOTOS HERE… Slip into a forgotten era when fire prohibition was in full effect and the frigid masses were forced

Heat: A Fire Cabaret Recap

Our super hot summer show was a wild success. Thank you to everyone for your support and help in keeping the creative fires burning. We’ll be continuing to post some of the amazing images from


August 19 – October 1, 2010 Opening Reception: Thursday, August 19th 6-9pm First Friday Art Walk: Friday, September 3rd 6-9pm Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm     Address: 1603 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612 Map More Info:


July 20 – August 13, 2010 Artist Reception: Thursday, July 29th 6-9pm First Friday Art Walk: Friday, August 6th 6-9pm Closing Reception: Friday, August 13th 6-9pm with music by Daniel Yasmin & Co. Gallery Hours:

Fireside Lounge: Conception

Friday, February 15, 2013 • 6:30-9:30PM$10 at the doorFree for Crucible Members Join us for an evening of demonstrations on how materials such as clay, wood, stone, and steel inspire and inform the process of

Fireside Lounge May 2016

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

Fireside Lounge: Made In Oakland

Fireside Lounge Series “Made In Oakland” May 11, 2012 * 6:30-9:30pm 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

Fireside Lounge – Fall 2016

Fireside Lounge Open House Friday, October 28, 2016 | 6:30-9:30pm Join us for an evening celebrating local dreamers and creators, as we host some of the Bay Area’s most influential makers and artists. The Crucible’s Fireside

Fireside Lounge: Amor Ardiente

Friday, February 11, 2011 • 6:30-9:30PM$10 at door / Crucible Members are free Event Press Release5″x8″ Event Flyer (PDF) Gather around the fire for an evening of industrial-sized love filled with a kissing booth robot,

Fireside Lounge 10/10/2014

Fireside Lounge: Innovation & Improvisation Featuring the artistry of Sung Kim Friday, October 10 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm $10 at the door. Free for Crucible members. Meet Sung Kim Sung Kim is a Bay

Fire Ballets & Operas

The World Premiere of MACHINE: A Fire Opera™ January 11-14 and 18-21, 2012 Based on a short story by science fiction author Derek J. Goodman, MACHINE is set in a fiery industrial universe in which

Fire Arts Festival

The Crucible’s Annual Celebration of Fire, Art and Community The 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival has burned itself out — 4 days; 300,000 sq. feet; 35+ installations; 23+ performing groups; 18 merchandise vendors; 5 food

Fire Arts Festival Artists & Performers

Performance Artists Amanda Palmer Axis Dance Company Aziz Abbatiello BlacKMahal Bronkar Lee Bumpitythump Capacitor Copper Lantern Fire Theater El Circo The Embodiment Project Flamenco Fury FLO-ology Fire Arts Collective Loco BlocoLuceroLoyd Family Players Nocturnal Sunshine

Fire Arts Festival® 2009

{youtube}VyxZJPsuS9k{/youtube} The Crucible’s 9th Annual Fire Arts Festival Wednesday – Saturday, July 15-18, 2009 8:00PM – 11:59PM NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! (see where) 2009 Festival Recap Gallery | 2009 Soirée Recap Gallery Jump To: About

Fire Arts Festival® 2008

First off we would like to thank everyone for such a successful event. Thank you to our sponsors, performers, artists, vendors, volunteers, our dedicated staff and of course our fabulous attendees!   Photo Gallery –

Fire Arts Festival® 2007

The Crucible’s 7th Annual Fire Arts Festival set West Oakland ablaze and transformed the vacant lot at Kirkham St. and 7th St. into a Fire Arts Arena with a four-day run from Wednesday, July 11th,

Fire Arts Arena Directions

FREE shuttle service will be available from West Oakland BART to the Fire Arts Arena and back! Youth will not be allowed on shuttles unless accompanied by an adult.   Bicycle parking will also be

Fire Art Arena Rules

FIRE ARTS ARENA RULES The Crucible reserves the right to remove anyone from the Fire Arts Arena – We reserve the right to refuse entry into the event– No children under 18 without parent or


The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery presents March 18 – May 7, 2010 Opening Reception – March 18th – 6-9PM Join us for the opening reception of the latest group exhibition at our gallery in downtown Oakland.

The Crucible at Maker Faire 2013

Fire artist, Peter Kropf helping a young guest operate The Crucible’s fire poofers! We love Maker Faire! A celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, the festival brings makers together to showcase their wares, inspire

Tools to Table Open House

Tools to Table: Fall Open House Saturday, September 10, 2016 | noon-5pm Celebrate and explore the tools and techniques of creating and consuming food and drink! Tools to Table will feature over a dozen areas of interest: featured food and spirit vendors,

Youth On Fire: Fireside Lounge

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 highlights our extraordinary art programs.   Bring the whole family to

Fire & Light Soiree – 2016

Saturday, April 9, 6pm Cocktails | Dinner Performance | Live Art Auction Supporting The Crucible’s Education Programs   Please join us for this special evening in support of The Crucible! Help celebrate the contributions of special guest honorees

2016 Soirée Auction Preview

You’ll want to have your paddle ready to bid on these gorgeous, unique pieces of art in metal, wood, clay and glass. Soiree 2016 Auction Preview 1. Rustic Filleting Knife 2016 Recycled Leaf Spring (Steel –

2017 Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction

Saturday, April 8, 2017 • 6pm

Save the date for an evening of art, industry, community, creativity, and fire in support of The Crucible’s education programs. Join us in celebrating the contributions and vision of honoree Dr. Frances Hellman, who has been a valued member of The Crucible’s community for more than a decade.

Jewelry Studio Reopening

Jewelry Reignited: A Studio Transformation to Get Fired Up About Over the past few weeks, we've made big changes to our Jewelry Studio. These enhancements will give each student an improved workspace with better tools

GIFTY 2016

GIFTY 2016 Dozens of leading artists, craftspeople, and Crucible faculty members will be selling their best hand-made pieces in a holiday celebration of local creative culture. With works of glass, metal, wood, ceramics, and more,

2015 Soirée Auction Preview

2015 Soirée Auction Preview You’ll want to have your paddle at the ready to bid on these gorgeous, masterful pieces of art at our Live Auction. Feeling shy? Not to worry – we have several beautiful

Fire & Light Soiree – 2015

Saturday, April 18, 6pm Cocktails | Dinner | Performance | Live Art Auction | After Party Supporting The Crucible’s Education Programs Spend this special evening celebrating art, industry, community, and the creative fire! Join us

GIFTY 2015

FREE this weekend! SPECIAL MEMBER PREVIEW With a performance by the Pleasant Grove Joyful Noise Choir Friday Dec. 11 | 7 - 9:30 pm Saturday Dec. 12 | 11 am — 6 pm Sunday Dec. 13 | Noon -

2014 Soiree

Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 6–11 pm Directions Join us for an artistic evening, theatrically directed by The Crucible’s founder, guest, and soirée honoree Michael Sturtz. This 15th anniversary celebration includes a delicious dinner, live

Castaways to Treasures: Jewelry Sale

Join the Women's Jewelry Association's members and friends at The Crucible for a jewelry makers and manufacturers' sale to find goodies from past collections, pearls, gemstones, findings, beads, tools and equipment at hugely discounted prices.Saturday,

East Bay Open Studios 2013

The Crucible is participating in the 2013 East Bay Open Studios, presented annually by Pro Arts Gallery. Our featured artists are Barbara Barnett, Peter Kropf, Johanna Neaderhouser, Rob Nehring, Alexander Smith, Daniel Stauber, Sam Waller

Fireside Lounge: Creation

Our next Fireside Lounge leads us to explore creation and how ideas move from concept into creative expression. Friday, May 10, 20136:30-9:30pm$10 / Free for Crucible membersThe Crucible, 1260 7th St, Oakland  >> Directions In

3-Hour Tasters

Have an itch to try something new and different? 3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore the myriad art disciplines we offer, without a deep commitment. You can get an introduction to Enameling, Sand Casting, Glass

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

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

2013 Fireside Lounge Schedule

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 highlights our extraordinary art programs. In 2013, The Crucible will explore

Gift & Get

It's the time of year for giving. As the holidays approach, we are giving our hardworking community an opportunity to give an extraordinary gift to a loved one and receive one as well. We are

Peralta Junction

A Pop-Up Creative Commons in West Oakland featuring Art, Food Trucks, Performances, People & Pumpkins. Beginning October 4, 2012, the 24,000 square-foot vacant lot full of weeds at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West

Beads of Courage Bead Challenge

Saturday, Setepmber 15, 2012 • 10AM-6PM Free AdmissionA fundraiser for Beads of Courage, Inc, hosted by The Northern California Society of Glass BeadmakersThe Northern California Society of Glass Beadmakers are Firing up their Torches!Beads of Courage

Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Trunk Show

Friday, Setepmber 21, 2012 • 10AM-6PM Saturday, Setepmber 21-22, 2012 • 10AM-5PM Free AdmissionThe Crucible is hosting a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event. Featured events include:Test their full line of woodworking hand tools.Participate in hands-on demonstrations.Learn

Hot Couture: Call for Artists

The Crucible seeks submissions and team proposals from fashion designers and industrial artists for our January 2013 fashion show event.General InformationSomething amazing is in the works at The Crucible. For the second time in our

2012 Fall Open House

Saturday, Setepmber 8, 2012 • 12-4PM Free Admission A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The Crucible's 56,000 sq. ft. studio, where furnaces roar

2012 Soirée Follow-Up

We'd like to thank everyone involved for being a part of The Crucible's Fire & Light Soirée and Art Auction. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did! As always, our

Playa Bound: Call for Art

On Saturday, June 22, 2013 The Crucible will host a curated industrial art exhibit in a gallery setting during the annual Playa Bound Open House & Sale. Any artist utilizing techniques taught at The Crucible is

2013 Playa Bound Vendor Information

Be a Vendor at The Crucible's 2013 Playa Bound Open House!Sell your handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing and accessories, utility supplies, gadgets, furniture, ceramics, glass and metal creations, neon art and more to eager, Playa-bound shoppers

Inferno: A Fire Circus

photos a courtesy of Lucent Dossier Experience Inferno: A Fire Circus Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16, 2011 • 7PM Event Press ReleaseMedia Photos Enter into Inferno: A Fire Circus, the hottest show on

Spring Open House 2012

Spring Open House"The Science of Art" Saturday, April 7, 2012 • 12-4PM Free Admission The Science of Art, an event to highlight the scientific principals, enquiry and exploration behind the fine and industrial arts processes taught

Fireside Lounge

Fireside Lounge Friday, October 14, 2011 • 6:30-9:30PM $10 at door / Crucible Members are free Featuring glass, wood, stone and ceramics, set in our 56,000 square foot facility. More information to come...  

Fall Open House 2011

Fall Open House Saturday, September 10, 2011 • 12-4PM Free AdmissionArt Show - Call For Artists Press Release A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the

Spring Open House 2011

Spring Open House Saturday, April 2, 2011 • 12-4PM Free Admission Download Event Poster (PDF) A fun day for the whole family! Our open houses are a wonderful way to experience the excitement of The

Fireside Lounge: Amor Ardiente

Friday, February 11, 2011 • 6:30-9:30PM$10 at door / Crucible Members are free Event Press Release5"x8" Event Flyer (PDF) Gather around the fire for an evening of industrial-sized love filled with a kissing booth robot,

2011 Crucible Holiday Gift Guide

Crucible Gift Ideas: A Crucible Class | Machine Tickets | A Crucible Membership | Gift Certificates Crucible Merchandise | Handmade Gifts from Holiday Gifty Gift Idea #1 – A Crucible Class Holiday TastersSaturday & Sunday,

It’s Alive

The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery presents May 20 - July 2, 2010 Opening Reception - May 20th - 6-9PM Guest Juror: Nemo Gould Artists included:Robert BurnsidePatricia Chavez & Chris Niemer Max Chen Jonathan Foote Nemo Gould

Machine – A Fire Opera

January 11-14 and 18-21, 2012 Tickets: $45-$65 {Buy Now} Directed and Libretto by Mark Streshinsky Score by Clark Suprynowicz Press ReleaseThe Crucible proudly presents, MACHINE: A world premiere Fire Opera written, conceived and directed for

Metal vs. Wood

The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery presents January 21 - March 5, 2010 Opening Reception - January 21st 6-9PM The Crucible’s art gallery in Oakland’s historic Cathedral Building, at the triangle between Broadway and Telegraph Avenues, announces

Cathedral Shows

The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery The Cathedral Gallery space is now closed. We are currently looking for a new gallery space. Stay tuned for future shows and in the mean time check out our past shows

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2009

Hot for the Holidays! Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13, 200910AM – 4PM Vendors – Applications ClosedArt Show – Call For Artists – Apply Here Shopping at the mall was never like this! Support

Newsletter October 09

FEATURE Fall Classes in Full Swing If you’re missing the heat of summer, then come to The Crucible to get up close and personal with a kiln, torch, furnace, or flame and ignite your creativity.

Holiday Gifty Vendor Information

Holiday Gifty Vendor Information: DEADLINE: Monday, November 14, 2011APPLICATIONS CLOSED Sell your handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, glass beads, vases, ornaments, baubles, recycled steel sculptures, neon wall art, etc. to eager holiday shoppers in our

Fall Community Open House 2009

Celebrating Art & Community Saturday, September 12, 2009 12PM to 4PM Interested in participating in this exciting event?Exhibitor Information... We know you've driven by a thousand times wondering what goes on here. Well now's your


The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery presents November 6 - December 31, 2009 We will be open for First Friday 1/1/10! Artists Include: Alex Nielsen • Billy Hiebert • Bobby Jean • Bruk Dunbar • Christopher Flores

Events Gallery

Click on an image to view a slideshow of pictures from each event. Fire Arts Festivals® Fire Ballets™ Fire Operas™ Theatrical Events Fire & Light Soirées Friday Night Events Open Houses Volunteer Appreciation Party  

Romeo & Juliet – 2007 Fire Ballet

Our Eighth Anniversary Fundraising Production In Janurary 2007, The Crucible celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a sizzling synthesis of dance and fire: The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet—A Fire Ballet. In

Fall Open House 2008

Fall Community Open House Saturday, September 6, 2008 – 12PM to 6PM   Exhibitor List: Oakland Fire Department City Slicker Farms DeFremery Park Mandela Foods Cooperative West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project East Bay College Fund

Fall Open House 2007

Fall Community Open House Saturday, September 8, 2007 Art Show and Open House - 2-6pm Artist Reception - Featuring the Art of Githinji Wa Mibre - 6-8pm   Celebrating Art & Community At The Crucible’s

Illuminated Sculpture – Ohlone

Illuminated Sculpture from the Crucible Showing at The Louie Art Gallery, Ohlone College 43600 Mission Boulevard, Fremont CA January 29 through February 27, 2004 A growing art form, Illuminated Sculpture From The Crucible represented 18

Lecture Series – Albert Paley

ALBERT PALEY Sunday, October 27, 2002 7:30 - 9:00pm "When I started doing iron, all of a sudden it was a became my vehicle for exploration." Born in Philadelphia in 1944 and internationally acclaimed

Lecture Series – Beverly Pepper

Beverly Pepper Sculpture, Abstraction, Steel & Environment A Retrospective by the Internationally Renowned Sculptor On Sunday, October 12th, The Crucible welcomed celebrated artist Beverly Pepper to the Bay Area for a lively lecture, a Meet-the-Artist

Lecture Series

The Crucible hosted lively lecture series, featuring artists, artisans and tradespeople who present their work and answer questions about the processes and techniques they use to produce their art. Lectures were held on Sunday evenings,

Spring Open House 2010

2010 Spring Open House Celebrating Student and Faculty Art Saturday, April 17, 2010 • 12 to 4PM FREE Admission Join us this Saturday afternoon as we roll open our doors to show you what we

Spring Open House 2009

Celebrating Student & Faculty Art Saturday, April 18, 2009 • 11AM to 5PM It was a sunny Saturday and hundreds of visitors shared the excitement of The Crucible as the sparks flew and hammers rang

Media Coverage

2011 Classes & Programs OaklandLocal - "Oakland bike program give youth chance to stay active this summer" by Jackie Ho Comcast Hometwon Network- "Upside" (aired March 2011) PBS Kids - Design Squad Nation - "Musical

Press Releases

2013 Youth Build Leadership, Art, Life Skills In One-of-a-Kind Internship Program at The Crucible (7/23/13) The Crucible Hosts its Third Annual Playa Bound: Sale & Open House (6/21/13) The Crucible Accepting Vendor Applications for Burning

Newsletter Dec 08

Class Highlights • Last Chance for Fall Classes • Holiday Taster Workshops • Winter Schedule is Here! • Hot New Classes for Winter Events • Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House • 10th Anniversary

Newsletter Nov 08

Class Highlights • Family Fun Weekend • Fun Fall Classes • Holiday Taster Workshops Youth Programs • Youth Weekend Intensives • Girls Welding • Bike Frame Alteration Events • Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open

Newsletter Oct 08

Fall Class Highlights • The Softer Side of The Crucible • Did You Know You Can Make Jewelry Out of Clay? • Continuing Classes in Foundry • Coldworking Glass Classes Events • Fall Community Open

Newsletter Sep 08

What's Happening! • Art & Soul • Fall Community Open House Fiery Fall • Fall Class Highlights • Got Workspace? • Old Jewelry Gets New Life for a Good Cause • Build a Mandolin or

Newsletter Aug 08

Still Time For Summer Fun • Family Fun Weekends Get Fired Up For Fall • Download our new catalog and schedule • Fall Registration Begins Mark Your Calendar - Upcoming Events • Fall Community Open


2011 January Monthly Newsletter - Happy Birthday to Us! Classes News - Stoke the fire in your heart... Event News - Events to Fire Up Your Heart February Monthly Newsletter - Flirting with Fire Classes

Newsletter Jan 08

....CLASSES.. ..MEMBERSHIP... .COMING EVENTS.. ..DONATE.. ..VOLUNTEER.. ..DIRECTIONS Classes to spark up the New Year! Plan now for spring break workshops and summer session HOT COUTURE: A Fusion of Fire and Fashion: Thursday SOLD OUT, Fri.


2011 Press Release East Bay Industrial Art School Announces Summer Immersion Classes for Kids and Adults (12/14/11) New Winter Industrial Art Classes and Fun Family Spring Break Activities Announced at The Crucible (12/6/11) Bay Area

Events at The Crucible

Since 1999, The Crucible has produced a wide variety of events ranging from fundraisers to operas to community open houses. Maintaining collaborations with highly-trained craft and industrial artists, our goal is to reach far and

Past Events

2013 2013 Playa Bound: Sale & Open HouseJune 22, 201311am to 6pmFREEOur annual Playa Bound Open House is a wonderful way for the whole family to wander through our 56,000 sq. ft. studio and a

Fashion Shows

HOT COUTURE A Fusion of Fire & Fashion January 17-19, 2008 To celebrate our ninth anniversary The Crucible forged fashion with fire arts, eco-design and “flameboyant” performances in a not-to-be-missed incendiary celebration of style. The

2013: The Year Ahead

Glass Blowing Innovation Welding Dance Training Music Summer Camps Field Trips Reuse Industry Fire Hands-on Collaboration Inspiration D.I.Y. Artist Studios Blacksmithing Exhibitions Woodworking Youth Life-long Learning Family Community There are amazing things happening in art,

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2008

Hot for the Holidays! Shopping at the mall was never like this! Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s

Holiday Gifty Art Sale 2007

Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, 200710AM to 4PM • FREE ADMISSION!   Hot for the Holidays! Whatever holiday you celebrate, spark it up with a visit to The Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop