Bay Area Industrial Arts School Opens Registration for Expanded Fall Curriculum

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Registration for The Crucible’s Fall Quarter is blazing ahead with students hot for a set of courses that includes traditional favorites and 16 new classes, including 8 in their expanded glass blowing department. The Crucible’s Fall Quarter runs from September 17 to December 11, 2011. Many of the new classes will fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.

The Crucible’s Fall Quarter also features weekly after-school classes for youth. As schools cut many art education programs, The Crucible has become a popular spot for young artists to explore their creative side. Classes include an Extreme Gizmos kinetics class, Blacksmithing and an Introduction to Welded Sculpture.

For folks that would like a taste of industrial arts, The Crucible is offering 3-hour Holiday Tasters in blacksmithing, enameling, glass fusing, jewelry and MIG welding. These tasters are scheduled for December 17 and 18. They make a special, one-of-a-kind holiday gift.

The new glass blowing shop opened in March of this year and became a popular class at this year’s youth summer camp. This fall, the department explodes with eight new classes, including two much anticipated glass ladling courses.

The Crucible’s Founder Michael Sturtz will teach one of the new classes: Hot Glass Casting into Metal Forms. In 1999, and before “recology” was cool, Sturtz and a few friends started the Crucible in a small West Berkeley warehouse with a $1,750 grant.

There were 11 classes in sculpting, welding and woodworking. Sturtz, who has a master’s degree in sculpture, taught seven of them. He has recently stepped down from the role of running The Crucible to get back into teaching.

“One of the key components in starting The Crucible was to bring all of the different industrial art processes together under one roof and I have always wanted to bring glass and metal together in new ways,” said Sturtz. “In my new class I encourage students to experiment with hot glass and metal, and to push the boundaries of what is typically done.”

“I am very proud to be a part of The Crucible faculty: the most dedicated and talented group of artists I have ever seen. Teaching sculpture is how I realized the Bay Area truly needs a place like The Crucible, and I am glad that it does.”

The Crucible’s new classes include:

Foundry Department – Design & Make Your Own Waffle Iron

Glass Department – Glass Powder Painting; Kiln-Formed Recycled Glass Tableware; Glass Blown Paper Weights; Decorative Glass Blown Pumpkins; Glass Blown Ornaments; Glass: Hot to Cold; Blown Glass Cups & Drink Tumblers; Glass Ladling into Sand Molds; and Hot Glass Casting into Metal Forms and Glass Blowing Lab

Jewelry Department – Texture Techniques for Metal Clay Artists; All Linked Up: Art Clay Silver; and Hollow Form Earrings with ARCHiTextural Ear Wire

Kinetics & Electronics Department – Intermediate Mechanics for Artists

Soft Sculpture Department – Introduction to Leather Working

The Bay Area metal fabrication and industrial art school is holding registration and classes at The Crucible’s 56,000 square foot education facility at 1260 7th Street, Oakland. Interested students can also call (510) 250-3687 or register online at Anyone who becomes a member receives a discount on class tuitions and access to the lab area.

About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland. They offer imaginative and constructive Bay Area kids activities.

The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.


Jennifer Harrity
The Crucible