Pyromaniac's Dream Event!
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The Fire Arts Festival Saturday,
July 8th at "The Crucible" in Berkeley.
"The Crucible" is
a non-profit industrial arts training center housed in a colossal
22,000 square foot building in the heart of Berkeley's hipster warehouse
district. The Crucible and its faculty are dedicated to promoting
all artists' fire-based work. Beginning early last Saturday night
and lasting through the wee morning hours, attendees were treated
to demonstrations, dance performances, hands-on projects and student/faculty
artwork, all created with fire.
in me was thrilled to witness a building full of people celebrating
molten metals with fire dancing and fabulous fire fashion. Demos
highlighted welding, foundry and bronze casting techniques and others,
like Raku ceramics were done outside to take advantage of the drama
created with glowing flames against the dark night sky.Inside, the
building was warm with various corners lit by the glow of demonstration
kilns, welding torches and red-hot iron rods. Every nook of the
space was filled by happy volunteers talking about the mysteries
of working with that element we are all drawn to, fire. At 1:30
am Ultra Gypsy,
the beloved local belly dance troupe, wowed the audience with their
spectacular tribal costumes and luscious fire act. Where there is
fire, there is Ultra Gypsy!
If you missed this event, make sure you get there next year! For more information
about The Crucible, contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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