New Winter Industrial Art Classes and Fun Family Spring Break Activities Announced at The Crucible

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Winter Quarter registration is underway at Bay Area industrial art school The Crucible, and classes are expected to fill up fast. In addition to returning favorites like blacksmithing, welded sculpture, glass blowing and glass flameworking, The Crucible has introduced three new classes including two glassworking classes: Fundamentals of Fusing and Slumping and Hearts of Glass, and a welding course: The Metal Sculptor’s Tool Box: Cold Metal Fabrication.

That’s not all that’s gearing up at The Crucible. For those who want to explore their inner industrial artist and meet others with the same interest, The Crucible offers three-hour Meetup Tasters—a creative exploration into the world of industrial art where each student completes a mini-project. Morning sessions include lunch on The Crucible and afternoon sessions are followed by a wine and cheese reception so that students may socialize and engage in warm conversation about their experiences.

“Think you were born to blacksmith, but aren’t quite sure? A Blacksmithing Taster allows you to get a feel for the tools and what it’s like to swing a hammer and forge hot steel inexpensively and with minimal investment of time and money,” said Jonaya Leek, Program Associate.

The 3-hour Meetup Taster sessions will take place on Saturday, February 11 from 10 am to 1 pm or 2 pm to 5 pm. Choices include: Blacksmithing, Enameling, Glass Flameworking, Glass Fusing, Glass Ladling, Jewelry and MIG Welding.

In April 2012, Bay Area artists and guests from all over the country will converge on The Crucible to attend the Choose Your Own Adventure Workshops. These weeklong camps offer morning and afternoon options so students can try their hand at multiple disciplines of industrial art during the week.

Students may choose to spend the entire week exploring the passions of a jeweler or blacksmith or create a spectacular metal sculpture during morning sessions and a mysterious set of marbles in the afternoon—there are so many possibilities.

“The advantage to the Choose Your Own Adventure Week is that parents and children can take different workshops at the same time, then meet up and talk about their adventures afterward,” said Jennifer Harrity, Marketing Coordinator. “It’s a great bonding experience for families.”

Youth Choose Your Own Adventure workshops are the week of April 2 to 6 and April 9 to 13, 2012. Adult workshops are scheduled for April 2 to 6 with a discount offered for those who sign up with a friend age 16 or older.

Winter Quarter runs from January 28 until April 9, 2012. Starting the quarter off are a series of weeklong Winter Workshops held Monday through Friday the week of January 2 to 6, 2012 from 10 am to 4 pm. The curriculum includes: Introduction to Blacksmithing; Glass Flameworking; Introduction to Jewelry & Metals I; Introduction to Welded Sculpture; and Introduction to MIG Welding. After-school classes for youth and weekend intensive classes are also available during The Crucible’s Winter Quarter. For a complete list of options, go to

Registration is happening now, and can be conducted in-person at The Crucible’s 56,000 square-foot education facility, located at 1260 7th Street in Oakland, or by phone by calling (510) 250-3687 Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. Students may also register anytime online at

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.

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