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Neon & Light

Classes taught at The Crucible

Radiant light technology greatly expands the possibilities for light design, whether incandescent, fluorescent, neon, LED, plasma or electro-luminescent (EL) wire. Our classes introduce and explain techniques, tools, properties and adaptability of these materials. Illuminated projects can either stand alone or be combined with many of the other processes taught at The Crucible.

Adult Classes

Demystifying the Light Emitting Diode (LED)

Learn about LEDs and the basic circuits needed to make them work. LEDs are efficient, inexpensive, and long lasting. They vary in color, shape, intensity, and size. Students receive a complete kit of LEDs and parts to use in class and for future projects.


EL Wire Workshop

Add sparkly shimmer to sculpture, interiors, and wearable art with electroluminescent wire. Also known as EL-wire, it is a decorative, flexible wire that glows very much like neon. This 1-day workshop introduces the technology and craft of soldering and working with EL-wire. You will learn basic soldering techniques, as well as various ways to assemble and attach wire to fabric, wood, and plastic. Drivers and sequencers for animation and advanced techniques will be introduced.


Neon I

Light up your life with neon! In this class you’ll learn the skills needed to complete a project in neon and an illuminated project. In addition to hands-on instruction in tools and techniques, this class includes discussion of design and aesthetic considerations. Transformers are provided.


Neon II

Building on skills developed in Neon I, this class emphasizes the decisions you make in creating a unique artwork using neon illumination. Classwork includes discussion of the expanded use of color, choice of glass size, bombarding and manifold operation, self-directed sculptural conception, and construction. You will have the opportunity to complete two or three illuminated projects. PREREQUISITE: Neon I


Neon Lab

Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however you must provide your own materials. PREREQUISITE: Neon I and Crucible membership


Youth Classes

Youth Glass Tube Sculpture: Intro to Neon

Learn the science behind neon gases and high voltage electrical transformers as you are taught how to shape and manipulate glass tubes into letters, shapes, or figures. Bending glass in this challenging course will build hand-eye coordination and concentration skills. The goal by the end of the week is for each student to make one small, working, neon-filled luminous tube that is wired with a transformer. The piece can be taken home or incorporated into other artwork.