Jogging. Baking elaborate cookies. Watching entire seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in a week. Everyone has their hobbies. For those special types seeking truly conversation-starting pastimes, there’s The Crucible.
With 56,000 square feet of space in the heart of Oakland, it’s a sprawling complex dedicated to the art of hands-on education and experience. For anyone who wants to learn, there are classes in blacksmithing, glassblowing, welding and kinetics — and that’s just for the kids. Adults can hone skillsets in bike mechanics, fire eating, stone carving and jewelry-making, to name only a few. And if you prefer a more passive place in the arts world, you can still get all the culture without the calluses — there’s no shortage of community events and showcases here throughout the year.
The Crucible is a catalyst for creative exploration; a haven for aspiring handcrafters. A place that not only embodies Oakland’s industrial spirit, but has the power to make us want to get our hands dirty.
There’s a place like this in every neighborhood. Your retreat. Your escape. A restaurant with a dish like mom used to make. Or something that mom never dreamed of in a million years. A music store. A book store. A spa. It’s not a chain. And hopefully, never will be. ‘Cause it’s yours. This series will showcase those special places that are near and dear to our hearts. Where you can clear your head or fill your stomach. It’s Your Go-To Spot. Find out why.