Founding the Foundry

In 1997, Michael Sturtz brought together a small collection of artists in hopes of building a supportive community-based school.  With a  grant for $1,750 and  $20,000 personal investment loan,  The Crucible doors opened on January 15th, 1999.  By March, The Crucible began its first session of eleven classes, six of which were taught by Michael himself. Under Michael’s leadership and with the generous support of donors, foundations, volunteers, and members, The Crucible has thrived and grown to become the largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility in the United States.After twelve years as The Crucible’s founder and executive director, Michael  moved on in search of new creative challenges and opportunities.


Micheal Strutz Innovation by design