Faculty

Our expert faculty of industry professionals and emerging and acclaimed artists teach here because they enjoy the unique atmosphere and the freedom it gives them to focus on their students. They bring an energizing combination of real-world experience and passion to each class that helps students to gain practical, working knowledge of material processes.

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ARTIST RESOURCES

Billy Hiebert

Moldmaking Department Head

Department(s): Artist Resources, Ceramics, Moldmaking

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Email: bh@Hieberts.com

Joaquin Alejandro Newman

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Artist Resources

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Ruben Guzman

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Artist Resources

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Lisa Burger

Advisory Council Member
Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Artist Resources

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BIKE SHOP

Sudhu Tewari

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Kinetics & Electronics

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Luca McGrath

Crucible Faculty, Bike Department Head

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Crucible Staff, Bike Shop Technician

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: lmcgrath@thecrucible.org

Jeremy Cavagnolo

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Camille MacRae

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Welding

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Carmen Gambino

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Machine Shop, Welding

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: cgambino@thecrucible.org

Elliott Surber

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Julie Bright

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Max Chen

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Robert Collins

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop

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Rusty Howson

Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Welding

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BLACKSMITHING

Benjamin Carpenter

Crucible Faculty, Welding Department Head

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Kinetics & Electronics, Welding

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Carla Hall

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Welding

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Chris Niemer

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Mackenzie O’Brien

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Welding

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Reed Peck-Kriss

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Adrian Rodriguez

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Celeste Flores

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Hiroki Fukushima

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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James Adamo

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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James Austin

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Jeff Pringle

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Mark Kraus

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Nissa Gustafson

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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Abdollah Hamdan

Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing

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CERAMICS

Billy Hiebert

Moldmaking Department Head

Department(s): Artist Resources, Ceramics, Moldmaking

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Email: bh@Hieberts.com

Daniel Stauber

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Phone: (510) 444-0919 x125
Email: daniel@thecrucible.org

Michiko Fukushima

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Cathy Lu

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Email: clu@thecrucible.org

Holly Coley

Crucible Faculty, Ceramics Department Head

Department(s): Ceramics

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Gopi Shah

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Jora Anderson

Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Rikki Smeltzer

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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Stephanie Intelisano

Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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TJ Rockwell

Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics

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ENAMELING

Celeste Christie

Enameling Department Co-Head

Department(s): Enameling

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Judy Stone

Enameling Department Co-Head

Department(s): Enameling

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Katherine Joksch

Instructor

Department(s): Enameling, Jewelry

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Olga Barmina

Instructor

Department(s): Enameling

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Roberta Smith

Instructor

Department(s): Enameling

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FIRE & PERFORMANCE

Lara Hopwood

Fire & Performance Department Head

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Albert Hill

Instructor

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Amber Garrett

Instructor

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Krissy Humphreys

Instructor

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Kyle Johnson

Instructor

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Satise Dizon

Instructor

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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Shaina Johnson

Fire & Performance Department Co-Lead

Department(s): Fire & Performance

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FOUNDRY

Alex Smith

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry, Moldmaking

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Nick Diphillipo

Foundry Department Head

Department(s): Foundry

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Crystal Carillo

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Denise Snaer-Gauder

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Ivan Berejkoff

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Kier Lugo

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Laurel Hermes

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Mike Feeney

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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Wayne Shaffer

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry

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GLASS BLOWING

Zach Rudolph

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Jeremy Scidmore

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping, Neon & Light

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919 x135
Email: JScidmore@TheCrucible.org

Mathew Porkola

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Lancelot Fraser

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking

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Sam Schumacher

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Arlo Fishman

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Hillary McHugh

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Kelsey Kenny

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Kinto Diriwachter

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Louisa Sanders

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Maggie Kelly

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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Marisa Zuk

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing

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GLASS CASTING & COLD WORKING

Daniel Stauber

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Phone: (510) 444-0919 x125
Email: daniel@thecrucible.org

Jeremy Scidmore

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping, Neon & Light

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919 x135
Email: JScidmore@TheCrucible.org

Lancelot Fraser

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking

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Janice Peacock

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Casting & Coldworking

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GLASS FLAMEWORKING

Ralph McCaskey

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Flameworking

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Lauren Ekman

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Flameworking

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Crucible Staff, Office & Systems Associate

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: lekman@thecrucible.org

Heather Katz

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Flameworking

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Tansy Brooks

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Flameworking

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Michael Dickinson

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Flameworking

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GLASS FUSING & SLUMPING

Daniel Stauber

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Ceramics, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Phone: (510) 444-0919 x125
Email: daniel@thecrucible.org

Janet Hiebert

Glass Fusing Department Co-Head

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Jeremy Scidmore

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping, Neon & Light

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919 x135
Email: JScidmore@TheCrucible.org

Teddie Hathaway

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Barbara Barnett

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Lee Granberg

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Mimi Dean

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Peggy Wilson

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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Mojgan Saberi

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Fusing & Slumping

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JEWELRY

Aimee Golant

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Arlene Mornick

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: arlene.mornick@yahoo.com

Bonnie Heras

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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David Casella

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Email: david@dac-metals.com

Denise Taylor

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Katherine Joksch

Instructor

Department(s): Enameling, Jewelry

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Kelly Nedderman

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Norika Takada

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Vernon Theiss

Jewelry Department Head

Department(s): Jewelry

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Ale’ah Bashir-Baaqee

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Alexis Pavlantos

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Baird Heffron

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Dale Beavers

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Erica Compton

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Kasey Jorgensen

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Killean Evans

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Lauren Engel

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Sagarika Rao

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Siedra Loeffler

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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Trevi Pendro

Instructor

Department(s): Jewelry

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KINETICS & ELECTRONICS

Benjamin Carpenter

Crucible Faculty, Welding Department Head

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Kinetics & Electronics, Welding

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Lee Sonko

Instructor

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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Nate Chandler

Kinetics & Electronics Department Co-Head

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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Crucible Staff, Studio Program Associate

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: nchandler@thecrucible.org

Alex Perez

Kinetics & Electronics Department Head

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: alejandro.perez@aya.yale.edu

Nathan Kandus

Instructor

Department(s): Kinetics & Electronics

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LEATHER, TEXTILES, & FINE ART

Stella Kim

Instructor

Department(s): Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art

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Henry Boyle

Instructor

Department(s): Leather, Textiles, & Fine Art

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MACHINE SHOP

Evan Wilcox

Instructor

Department(s): Machine Shop

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Ken Gilliland

Machine Shop Department Head

Department(s): Machine Shop

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Carmen Gambino

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Machine Shop, Welding

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: cgambino@thecrucible.org

Kevin Hendershott

Instructor

Department(s): Machine Shop

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MOLDMAKING

Alex Smith

Instructor

Department(s): Foundry, Moldmaking

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
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Billy Hiebert

Moldmaking Department Head

Department(s): Artist Resources, Ceramics, Moldmaking

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NEON & LIGHT

Christian Schiess

Neon & Light Department Head

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Email: chestudio@aol.com

Ed Kirshner

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Louis Brill

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Michael Curry

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Norman Moore

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Steve Boverie

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Kua Patten

Instructor

Department(s): Neon & Light

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Email: kuapatten@mac.com

Jeremy Scidmore

Instructor

Department(s): Glass Blowing, Glass Casting & Coldworking, Glass Fusing & Slumping, Neon & Light

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919 x135
Email: JScidmore@TheCrucible.org

STONE WORKING

WELDING

Rob Nehring

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Crucible Staff, Director of Program Operations

Phone: (510) 444-0919 x102
Email: rob@thecrucible.org

Benjamin Carpenter

Crucible Faculty, Welding Department Head

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Kinetics & Electronics, Welding

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Brian Enright

Instructor

Department(s): Welding, Woodworking

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Carla Hall

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Welding

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Jim Pacheco

MIG Department Head

Department(s): Welding

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Liz Judkins

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Tory Fink

Welding Instructor & Head of ARC Area

Department(s): Welding

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Warren Breslau

Board Member
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TIG Welding Instructor & Head of TIG Area

Department(s): Welding

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Mackenzie O’Brien

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Blacksmithing, Welding

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Diana Coopersmith Planson

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Scott Newcomb

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Camille MacRae

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Welding

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Nigel Fluharty

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Carmen Gambino

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Machine Shop, Welding

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Crucible Staff, Studio Manager

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: cgambino@thecrucible.org

Doug Moore

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Alejo Aragon

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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David Wright

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Evelyn Donis

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Haley Grebe

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Hilary Engelman

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Jazzy Schwinges-Williams

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Liisa Pine Schoonmaker

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Lizzie Uscanga

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Michelle Acosta

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Paul Dorough

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Robin MacSwain

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Rusty Howson

Instructor

Department(s): Bike Shop, Welding

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Stephan Powidzki

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Zai Divecha

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Phone: (555) 555-5555 x100
Email: ziad@placeholder.org

Katia Navidad Ramon

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Crucible Staff, Youth Program Assistant

Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: info@thecrucible.org

David Weisbach

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Javier Zarate

Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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Victoria Helena Mihatovic

Crucible Faculty, Instructor

Department(s): Welding

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WOODWORKING

Adrien Segal

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Phone: (510) 444-0919
Email: adriensegal@gmail.com

Brian Enright

Instructor

Department(s): Welding, Woodworking

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Matt Wolpe

Woodworking Department Head

Department(s): Woodworking

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Michael Bray

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Maria Fernanda Nunez

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Lindsay Partridge

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Jeff Goodwin

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Felix Torres

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Donna Lauzon

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Douglas Hill

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Drew Prober

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Heather Trosdahl

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Johanna Neaderhouser

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Jolie Karno

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Jose Juarez

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Justin Mrazik

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Ledora Lewis-Hightower

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Mateo Hao

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Melanie Abrantes

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Rachel Cohen

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Russell Hilken

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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Shawn Hibmacronan

Instructor

Department(s): Woodworking

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