We Wield the Hammer

We are pleased to announce out project, We Wield the Hammer (WWTH) launching Spring, 2019.

WWTH exists to identify, train, track and support young women of African descent who might not otherwise choose a career as a metalsmith. The project, incubating in 2019, will become an official urban apprenticeship program in 2020. 

The program is incubating Oakland, CA  and is housed at the Crucible, an industrial arts organization located in West Oakland.  WWTH  will also extend to Dakar, Senegal beginning in 2020.

The incubation period begins May, 2019 and is an “introduction“ to the basics of working with metals.  Students will work with copper, brass, nickel and sterling silver.  The 1st stage of the program consists of a 4-week intensive “Welcome to Metals”. During the course of this introductory program, students will learn about working with metals through demonstrations and hands on practice. The course will cover 4-6 projects (and enterprising students may make up to 8 items during class time and in optional open studios offered weekly and proctored by the teacher).

During this course, the main purposes are to: 

  •  introduce the vocation to young women and girls
  • identify – through projects, attention, attendance, etc. – which students are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship with WWTH. Several criteria will be considered including desirability, competency, likelihood to proceed among others.
  • encourage and support young women of African descent who have heretofore been unable or unaware of this vocation and make a way for their growth as makers, artists and small business owners, thereby empowering them financially and personally.

There are four weeks in the inaugural session after which the students will have an exhibition of their work. Students will learn the basics of creating with metal, basic design and completion of projects.  Classes will meet each Wednesday for 6 weeks, 3:30pm – 6:30pm.  

To sign up for the program or for additional info, contact us at


This project would not be possible with the support of the Crucible and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Project.