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Wishing you and yours a hot and happy New Year!

It’s been quite a year for The Crucible community – from January’s thrilling Fire Ballet, Dracul, to July’s Fire Arts Festival at its new venue, to December’s Gifty shopping extravaganza, we’ve succeeded in keeping the flames of fire and industrial arts burning bright for the Bay Area.

A quick look at 2009 by the numbers…

11 – Number of years The Crucible has been making art accessible

40 – Bay Area artists exhibiting at The Crucible’s new Cathedral Gallery

135 – Number of bikes earned through the Earn-A-Bike program

316 – Number of youth who have received scholarships

500 – Number of free event tickets distributed to the community

3,500 – Number of visitors to our open houses

4,000+ – Number of adults served with classes, workshops and teambuilding events

4,524 – Number of youth served through classes, workshops, bike programs, field trips and community outreach

13,000 – Number of attendees at the July Fire Arts Festival



What will 2010 and the next ten years bring?

At The Crucible, nothing ever stands still, and as we prepare for the next ten years and beyond, we’re all set to stoke the fires of creativity, raise the bar even higher for new programs, events, and services, and forge a vibrant organization that serves our community in the decades to come.

This New Year marks the beginning of a new era for The Crucible. Michael Sturtz, our founder and executive director for the last eleven years, will transition into a new role as Creative Director. After a well-deserved sabbatical, Michael will focus his creative energy on elevating The Crucible’s events, educational programs and outreach to a new and even more mind-boggling level.

The Crucible community welcomes Kathleen Brown as the organization’s Interim Executive Director, on board to guide the organization forward into its second decade. She brings her years of management expertise to fortify our infrastructure and work with our Board of Directors to ensure The Crucible’s health and longevity. Additionally, we are happy to announce The Crucible’s Youth & Community Director, Kristy Alfieri, has been promoted to the new position of Education Director, and will focus her efforts on reinforcing the organization's educational philosophy, ensuring quality program delivery and providing leadership and direction to program staff and faculty.

In his role as Creative Director, Michael will work with The Crucible’s exemplary staff throughout 2010 to develop more interesting classes, institute a lecture series, and produce several intimate events, all while planning new theatrical spectacles to be unveiled in 2011 and beyond. Written and designed specifically for The Crucible’s unique capabilities, these productions will be truly world-class multimedia and multi-genre productions. For more information and updates check the events page on our website.



Happy New Year
2009 By Numbers
2010 and Beyond
February Classes
Classes by Day
Valentine's Family Fun
2010 Youth Program
Metal vs. Wood
Cartier at Legion
Lie-Nielson Tool
Gifty Shout Out
OFD Grant
Crucible Membership
Teambuilding with Fire
Event Space


Youth Programs
Studio Access
Corporate Teambuilding
About Us


Winter Class Schedule
2010 Course Catalog


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In 2010 The Crucible is fully embracing the digital world, saving trees and staying current with our online Course Description Catalog. Also online and available for pick up at the studio is the Winter Class Schedule, so check out the classes and register now, as classes are filling fast.

Hot Classes starting in February

If you’re among the many folks that regularly visit The Crucible but have never taken a class, this is a great time to get started – whether it’s a weekend workshop or a weekday class, there’s something for everyone. Here’s what is coming up in the next couple of weeks:

Weekend Warrior Intensives  

Sat & Sun • Jan 30-31
Fundamentals of Woodworking
Introduction to Neon **
Continuing Techniques in Neon **
**Saturdays Only

Sat & Sun • Feb 6-7
Copyright Law for Artists
Youth Welding - ages 12-18
Continuing Techniques in Glass Beads

Sat & Sun • Feb 13-14
Introduction to Blacksmithing
A Primer in 3D Enameling
Introduction to MIG Welding
Monday Nights
Tuesday Nights

Starting Feb 1
Bronze Casting: Ceramic Shell Proccess
Glass Flameworking
Glass Fusing & Slumping I
Glass Cold Working & Engraving
Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A)
Introduction to Mechanical Sculpture
Reproduction in Plastics
Beginning TIG

Starting Feb 8

Starting Feb 2
Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Foundry Fundamentals
Glass Beads
Continuing Techniques in Jewelry (A)
Introduction to MIG Welding
Beginning TIG
Kinetics Project Lab

Wednesday Nights
Thursday Nights

Starting Feb 3
Continuing Techniques in Blacksmithing
Introduction to Enameling
Glass Flameworking
Glass Fusing & Slumping II
Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A)
Electromechanics for Everything
Plasma Sculpture
Stone Carving
Introduction to MIG Welding
Sculpting with TIG
Continuing Techniques in Woodworking

Starting Feb 10
Sand Casting in Bronze & Aluminum
Cartoneria (Mexican Paper Sculpture)

Starting Feb 4
Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Oxyacetylene Welding
Glass Fusing & Slumping I
Casting Wax to Silver
The Mother Machines - Machine Shop
Metal Fabrication Tools: Square
Intermediate Fire Hoop
Discovering the Artist in You
One Sheet of Plywood: Design/Build


Family Fun Weekend
February 13th-14th

Get creative and learn a new skill with those you love most at a weekend workshop; tuition is discounted when you sign up together for introductory classes in Blacksmithing, Jewelry & Metal, Glass Flameworking, Welded Sculpture, MIG Welding, TIG Welding and Woodturning.

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2010 Youth Program

Expect more great things for our youth community this year, with new classes and expanded sessions. Monday after-school classes begin February 1st in Youth Welding, Blacksmithing, Glass Flameworking, Super Sculpture and Radical Robots; register now to assure a spot for your child.

Two spring break sessions will run this year, March 29th-April 2rd and April 5th-9th, with ten exciting classes to choose from. Several brand new classes will be added to our summer camp sessions this year, like Cartoneria, Clay Mask Making, Art Bikes, Soft Circuits and more. It’s not too early to start planning an exciting and rewarding spring and summer for your youngster, so grab your calendar and check out the class descriptions online to craft a summer of learning and doing your youngster will never forget.

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The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery

January 21 - March 5, 2010

Opening Reception - January 21st

Join us at the opening of the first exhibition of 2010, a group “showdown” featuring new works of art crafted in metal and/or wood by Bay Area artists.  The gallery has extended hours this year, beginning with this exhibition, so it’s even more convenient to enjoy great art in downtown Oakland.

An added feature to this exhibition will be several works selected as “Staff Picks” from last month’s Gifty Art Show. Jason Hickey’s “Cat Tails” was selected the top pick, and Jason was awarded free tuition on a class of his choice.. Other artists selected include Cliff Bohm, Ruth Parr, and Peter Kropf.


Oakland's Historic Cathedral Building
1603 Broadway @ Telegraph
Oakland, CA

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Friday 11AM - 2PM
First Fridays 6-9PM

More Info...


Fine Arts Museum of SF Presents

Cartier and America
at The Legion of Honor
December 19, 2009 — April 18, 2010

For its first centennial in the United States, the famous French jeweler exhibits its most beautiful historic pieces at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco. With an extensive variety of jewelry forms—ranging from traditional white diamond suites to the highly colored exotic creations of the 1920s and 1930s—Cartier made its mark with the ingenuity of its designs and its exquisite craftsmanship. Cartier and America celebrates the imagination and creativity of Cartier in the 20th century. The jewelry and works of art include pieces from the private collection of Cartier.

Live Jewelry Demonstrations by Crucible Faculty at The Legion of Honor

• Sunday, January 24th 12-3PM in Rodin Gallery with David Casella

• Sunday, February 21st 12-3PM in Rodin Gallery with Aimee Golant

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Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
Hand Tool Event

Friday, February 5, 12 - 6pm &
Saturday, February 6, 10am - 5pm
FREE admission

Get your hands on some cool tools and learn how quality hand tools make your woodworking easier! This is Lie-Nielsen’s only Northern California event, with interactive demonstrations to help you learn valuable woodworking techniques. Ask questions of guest demonstrators and learn from some of the most skilled woodworkers in the industry. Lie-Nielsen hand tools will be available for purchase and you can learn about some great new woodworking classes here at The Crucible.

More Info...



Holiday Gifty Thank You

A great big THANK YOU to all the wonderful vendors, volunteers and community partners who made our 2009 Holiday Gifty Art Sale and Open House a tremendous success. Over a thousand folks enjoyed shopping and performances of opera, capoeira, fire eating and spinning, while experiencing art in action in our studios. The raffle prizes were among the best we’ve ever had – if you’ve been notified as a winner, be sure to come and claim your prize.


In the ring of fire what goes around comes around.

The Oakland Fire Department has always been a big supporter of The Crucible, and this year, thanks to one Crucible member, they recently received a grant of $14,512 for new tools and equipment. The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and independent insurance agencies that sell Fireman’s Fund insurance are able to direct these grants to support the fire service. AmWINS Group VP and Crucible member Richard Schlesinger directed the 2009 funds to the Oakland Fire Department, who will purchase new nozzles and hoses for the department’s reserve apparatus, used to respond to mutual aid requests. Thanks AmWINS and Fireman's Fund for helping those who help Oakland so much!



Join The Crucible Community

Join The Crucible as a member today and receive spectacular benefits like priority registration, tuition and ticket discounts, and exclusive access to special events and services. You'll also become a part of our vital and vibrant community of artists, art lovers, and innovators. Plus you'll be supporting the cutting-edge arts education programs and innovative performances that make The Crucible the leading industrial arts organization of its kind.

View and select a membership level based on the benefits that make sense for you or your family. Your membership will help us keep The Crucible's fires burning bright.



Corporate Teambuilding

Treat Your Team!

Looking for a fun and exciting way to celebrate with your team? Try a Crucible workshop! Working with the Crucible’s staff, your teams are guided through hands-on art workshops aimed at rekindling their imaginations, while encouraging them to collaborate in new ways.

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Need Space for Your Party?

Looking for a unique space to host your special event or party? Why not The Crucible? Get your winter fun on at one of the coolest industrial spaces in the Bay Area!

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