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Friday Nights at The Crucible

Our first studio social held Friday, February 26, was fiery and fun – over 400 people joined us in our blacksmithing, welding, and glass flameworking studios. The fires were hot, the demonstrations exciting, and everyone had a great time meeting up with friends. Thanks to Linden Street Brewery for providing the brew, the instructors and volunteers who shared their knowledge, and to everyone who made it a great night! We’ll be doing it again in May – so watch for updates, and plan for a hot date!

The Crucible & Farley’s East

Friday, March 12 • 5-8PM
33 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

Happy Hour for The Crucible:
If you haven’t checked out this great community coffee house yet, come on down Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from The Crucible. The very friendly proprietors at Farley’s have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support our programs.

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Spring Open House
Celebrating Student and Faculty Art

Saturday, April 17 • 12-4PM

It’s 56,000 square feet of exuberant art, fiery demonstrations, food and fun for the entire family. Check out the latest selection of classes and workshops and get to know the instructors. Tell your friends and look forward to a day of inspiration and exploration.

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Porcelain and Ceramic Demonstration at The Legion of Honor

Saturday, March 20 • 12-3PM
34th Avenue & Clement Street
San Francisco, CA

It’s not just your grandmother’s china any more! Within the last century ceramic sculpture has become an accepted form of fine art. In conjunction with the re-installation of the Bowles Gallery of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain at the Legion of Honor, ceramic artist and instructor at The Crucible, Tachina Rudman-Young, will showcase clay’s amazing ability to pick-up texture and accept various forms and shapes, and demonstrate the use of porcelain slip and under-glazes, as natural and appealing colorants for sculpture.

Legion of Honor directions & hours...

Ceramics Classes at The Crucible...


New Exhibition at
The Crucible’s Cathedral Gallery

March 18 – May 7
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 18 • 6-9PM

Join us for the opening reception of the latest group exhibition at our gallery in downtown Oakland. Historically, casting has been known as a manufacturing process for metal, but casting is also widely used with glass, concrete, plaster, plastic resin and other materials. ‘Cast’ highlights Bay Area artists' varied explorations in art utilizing the casting processes.

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Friday Nights
Farley's East
Spring Open House
Legion of Honor
New Show Opening!
Weekend Warriors
Family Fun Weekend
Monday Nights
Spring Break
Call For Artists
Call For Vendors
Shout Out
Volunteers Needed


Youth Programs
Studio Access
Corporate Teambuilding
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Winter Class Schedule
Spring Class Schedule
2010 Course Catalog


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Beat the chill with hot winter classes – still time to get into some great classes.

For Weekend Warriors

Limoges: Enamel Painting March 13-14 • 10AM–5PM
Draw, paint, silk- screen, and airbrush on heavy-gauge enameling steel using porcelain enamel slip, screening inks, and various other materials.

Bike Mechanic Workshop March 13-14 • 10AM–4PM and March 15 • 5-8PM
In this beyond-the-basics class, you will dismantle and reassemble your bike and learn to perform a deep and complete tune-up to keep those wheels moving smoothly.

Core Vessel Forming March 20-21 • 10AM–6PM
Learn the traditional ancient Egyptian art of core vessel forming, you’ll duplicate techniques used thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt to create the first bottles.

Fearless Fire Eating March 27-28 • 3:30–5:30PM
Get up close and personal with fire (safely) and amaze family and friends with a unique skill.

Family Fun Weekend

Saturday & Sunday, March 27-28

Take a class with a family member (12 and older) and you’ll get discounted tuition! You define family, not us.

Introduction to Blacksmithing
Introduction to Jewelry & Metal (A)
Introduction to Neon
Introduction to Welded Sculpture
Introduction to MIG Welding
Beginning TIG


Monday Night Classes

5 sessions, starting March 15th
Glass Fusing & Slumping I
Introduction to Jewelry & Metals (A)
Glass Flameworking
Introduction to Mechanical Sculpture


Spring Class Schedule

The 2010 Spring Class Schedule is available online and in print. If you haven’t received one in the mail, pick one up at our studios or download it now. Open registration begins today, March 9th.

Youth Spring Break Classes

Inspire your youngster this spring!
March 29 - April 2 & April 5 - 9

Get your child out of the house and into the studio with a full or half day of industrial art fun. Our instructors are experts in guiding youth 8-18 through creative exploration.

Sand CastingCeramicsBlacksmithingMetal JewelryWeldingExtreme Gizmos
Clay JewelrySuper SculptureRadical RobotsGlass Flameworking

Adult Spring Break Workshops

You deserve a break, too!
April 12-16

Get away from the office and get your make on with a week-long workshop, where you’ll learn something new and create something amazing.

These classes still open: Intro to Welded Sculpture, Intro to Blacksmithing, Glass Flameworking, Beginning Woodworking, and Photographic Transfer on Enamels (3 Day Intensive)

If you’re traveling from out of the Bay Area, check our online resources page for information on where to stay and explore while in Oakland.



Attention Students and Faculty

We need your art!

Our annual Spring Open House and Art Show is coming up next month. Now’s the time to get busy and finish up those projects you’re working on so you can submit them for the Faculty and Student Art Show. Deadline for entries is Thursday, April 8.

More information and to apply...


An Exhibit of Kinetic
and Interactive Art

The Crucible's Cathedral Gallery
May 20 - July 2

If you have artwork capable of movement and active interaction by either a motor, programming, or directly by the observer, consider submitting it for this wild exhibit. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 7.

More information and to apply...



Taste for Artisans — Handmade Ho Down Village

April 3, 2010 5pm - 11pm
Jack London Square

This event is a fundraiser for Drawbridge, an arts program for homeless children presented by East Bay Express and Mini Marzipan. The theme is “Urban Americana” and the event features over 75 artisans, local beer & farmers market, live bands and DJs, creamed corn wrestling, mechanical bull rides, square dancing and lots more. You can sell your wares in an awesome 30,000 square feet space with an expected 3,000 attendees. The vendor application deadline is Friday, March 12th. The vendor fee is $150.00, and you can apply at MiniMarzipan.com, or email Vendors@MiniMarzipan.com.



Congratulations to Jay Bridgland!

Jay Bridgland, The Crucible's Glass Flameworking Area Head, was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 NICHE Award for his glass necklace entitled "Modern Tribal" in the category of Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear (concept jewelry). The award was announced at the Buyers Market of American Craft in February, and recognizes Jay’s vision of contemporary art glass and concept of glass art wear. The NICHE Awards program is sponsored by NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for North American retailers of American craft, to recognize outstanding creative achievements of American craft.

Learn more about Jay...

Glass Flameworking Classes at The Crucible...



Volunteers Needed

Do you have experience and enjoy working with youth? We need several volunteers to assist in our Youth Spring Break classes, March 29 – April 2nd and April 5-9. If you have the time and desire, we’d love to have you be a part of our program.

Are you an SEO expert? We need you to help get more people to our website.

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