Oakland Industrial Arts School Celebrates Strength and Fire at February Fireside Lounge

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — For one captivating night, Bay Area residents and visitors will gather to examine the strength of industrial materials and the passion of the artists who work with them as their medium at The Crucible. The nonprofit Bay Area industrial arts education facility invites guests to this Fireside Lounge to learn more about industrial art course offerings, enjoy or participate in fire performances, and sit in on an exciting discussion panel of female industrial artists who personify industrial strength.

This first Fireside Lounge of 2012, titled “Industrial Strength,” will focus on blacksmithing; jewelry; fire spinning (based on traditional Maori fire dance); and ARC, MIG, TIG and oxyacetylene welding.

Scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at The Crucible’s 56,000-square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland, the evening’s events will include: Live industrial art demonstrations in featured disciplines: Fire Performance; Jewelry; Blacksmithing; and ARC, MIG, TIG and Oxyacetylene Welding

Spectacular art show showcasing work from these featured areas

Tasty food and sinful treats

Crucible Spin Jam (for experienced fire dancers)

Exciting discounts on Crucible classes

Chances to win free tuition on a Crucible class

Panel discussion 7-8 pm

“In addition to our live demonstrations in welding, blacksmithing, and jewelry, we will explore women's roles in the industry, and the future of fine and industrial arts by a community of creators,” said Kristy Alfieri, The Crucible’s Director of Education.

Youth Program Director Carla Hall, an avid blacksmith and metal fabricator, will facilitate the panel of working women in industrial fine arts and community arts in a discussion focused on the women who are changing the face of industrial arts in Oakland.

"As a working artist and arts educator in Oakland, I am very excited to facilitate a discussion amongst women artists who have an array of talent and perspective," said Hall. “With representation from industry, fine arts and community arts, and from the perspective of working women, this is bound to be a very rich discussion.”

Confirmed panel members include: Rebecca Anders, co-director of the Flux Foundation; Lisa Pine Schoonmaker, The Crucible and Laney College Executive Board Member and past Chairman of the San Francisco American Welding Society; and Joyce Hsu, designer, artist and member of the Oakland Public Art Advisory Committee.

An Open Fire Spin Jam will offer experienced fire performers and alumni the opportunity to show visitors their amazing skills and talents. The Fire Spin Jam will not be an instructional course, but rather a safe environment for the performers to practice their craft. All fire toys are welcome, after passing a safety inspection.

Admission is $10 and free for Crucible members. As a reward for Fireside Lounge guests, The Crucible will offer discounts on Crucible class tuition to people who register during the event. New students will receive 20% off class tuition and Crucible members will receive 25% off class tuition. In addition, guests can put their $10 cover charge towards the cost of the class.

For those who cannot make this event, more Fireside Lounges are scheduled throughout the year:

Made in Oakland‚ Friday: May 11, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm

The pride of Oakland's art scene is the diverse and eccentric foundation that it was built upon. This event will illuminate the authentic world of original Oakland artists, and include a discussion panel of members of the industrial arts collectives that exemplify “Made in Oakland.”

The evening will include: Hot Wheels, Foundry, Fused Glass, Glass Coldworking, Machine Shop, Fire Performance, Kinetics, Fire Effects, Enameling and Artists Resources.

Shape Shift: Friday, October 12, 2012, 6:30-9:30pm

Experience how materials such as stone, clay, and glass are transformed into artworks through shaping and shifting. This evening will highlight the dynamic processes that transform materials into incredible examples of creativity, and include a riveting lecture on how the shape of art has shifted through time.

The evening will include: Stone Working, Wood, Mold-Making, Glass Blowing, Ceramics, Neon and Light, Glass Flame Working, Textiles and Soft Sculpture, and Fire Performance

To learn more about The Crucible, call (510) 250-3687 or visit http://www.TheCrucible.org.

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.


Steven Young
The Crucible