I Am The Crucible: Ismael Plasencia


Ismael “Iz” Plasencia first came to The Crucible to drop off his little brother for a welding class. When he saw how our Youth Programs were getting youth excited about the industrial arts, he knew he had to get involved. We sat down with Iz to reflect on his years here and what he is the most proud of.

Unifying The Crucible: Pre-Apprentice Program Archway


Students participating in our Pre-Apprentice Program worked with The Crucible’s Blacksmithing, Machine Shop, and Welding Departments to build an archway for the main student entrance. The archway is made up of a series of gears, and each gear represents each of The Crucible’s 19 departments. Which is your favorite gear?

See What Fuego Youth Leaders Gained for Life


Our 2017 Fuego Youth Leaders had a great summer, shadowing instructors, working as teaching assistants, visiting local industrial arts studios, and making final projects in their disciplines!

Summer Camp Photo Gallery 2017


Here are some of our favorite photos from The Crucible's 2017 Summer Camps! This year of camps is particularly special, as twelve artist who grew up taking classes at The Crucible are now teaching as regular faculty or teaching assistants during camps.

Our Youth Programs Students Take the Torch


Eight students who grew up participating in our Youth Programs have joined our regular faculty! Many of these new instructors were able to take classes at The Crucible because of the scholarship opportunities made possible by our generous donors. Here are their stories.

‘Now, That’s a Good Bike’


The Crucible opens its back gate for our highly anticipated Bike Fix-A-Thon, where volunteers and Crucible staff worked to repair and replace parts on 40 bikes for free!

Imaginations Run Wild at Spring Camps


Twenty-eight young artists and makers, ages 8-18, visited The Crucible for our Youth Spring Camps in Glass Flameworking, Blacksmithing, and Extreme Gizmos.