Carla Hall: Blacksmith

When I first wrote to the Crucible and  asked to make a film about one of their instructors, I was afraid I would be turned away. Instead, Carla Hall returned my email, enthusiastic about my idea. She has been extraordinarily helpful in getting this project off the ground and I am very excited to work with her. Bellow are some pictures of her work from her website, as well as a link to the site itself.

Carla Hall Metal Design

Setting the Stage (on fire)

The Crucible is not only a school for teaching industrial art, it is a breading ground for unparalleled creativity and ambitious creation. Nothing is a better example of that than the Crucible’s stage work. They have preformed five different plays:

  • Jan 2009: Dracul, Prince of Fire
  • April 2008: Firebird: “L’oiseau de feu”
  • Jan 2007: Romeo and Juliet
  • Jan 2006: Seven Deadly Sins
  • Jan 2004: DidoO and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

Bellow are short videos showing two of the five.

Dracul, Prince of Fire

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Romeo and Juliet

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The Modern Blacksmith

Blacksmithing  is an ancient trade, but that doesn’t mean it is a thing of the past just yet. Bellow is a video that not only helped rekindle my interest in blacksmithing, but also demonstrates the tools and techniques of the modern blacksmith. Beyond that, it’s also a pretty amazing build.

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Fiery Fassion

Here are a few shots from the 2015 Hot Couture flaming fashion show, hosted at the Crucible. I think it gives a representation of the creativity in the school.

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About The Crucible


The Crucible, founded on January 15th, 1999, in a rented 6000 square foot warehouse in West Berkeley by sculptor Micheal Strutz, is a nonprofit institution that teaches industrial skills and “fire art”. They offer a wide verity of classes, ranging from blacksmithing and glassblowing to bike repair and kinetics, to people of all ages.


serpent-motherEach July The Crucible’s hosts a Fire Arts Festival to celebrate creativity through fire and light. The festival is not only an amazing display of their special bran of artistic creativity, but is also a fundraising event, and proceeds benefit The Crucible’s arts education programs for youth and adults. The Crucible is an amazing mix of creativity, education, and community.

Ball is rolling

I finally got a time slotted fr my interviews. I’ve been talking with Carla Hall, one of the Crucible’s welding and blacksmithing instructors. It looks like she will be the focus of the documentary.

My work from The Crucible

This is a quick photo gallery showing some of the tings I made at The Crucible. 

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Photoshop Collages

These are the pictures made in Photoshop for one of the lab assignments in LMW1.