Clockwork Alchemy 2021 Goes Virtual

Hello! We start this letter with some sad but not surprising news.  Clockwork Alchemy will not be able to be held in person in 2021 due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.  We do plan to return to in person in 2022.  If you have purchased a ticket for 2020, your ticket will be rolled over…

Clockwork Currents #4

Issue #4 of Clockwork Currents, the community magazine of Clockwork Alchemy. Clockwork Alchemy is San Francisco’s own steampunk convention, supporting art, creativity, fun and friendship for alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction enthusiasts. Contents Letter From the Chairs Clockwork Alchemy Artists’ Gallery Profile: Paul Stewart History: The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Vendor Showcase: Gear Oils Fiction:…

Codex of Quills Episode 4: The Vampire

By Anthony Francis “This the right grave?” Kip eyed the blockish monument; most of Highgate Cemetery was a gothic tour through Victorian willies, weeded to ruins and taking his calm with it, but this imposing rectangle and dour, bearded bust were clean, had fresh flowers, and bore the improbable name KARL MARX. “Seems … I…

Vendor Showcase: Gear Oils

Gear Oils is one of Clockwork Alchemy’s regular vendors. You can see their full catalog of merchandise on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/market/gear_oils

Electricity, Ferris Wheels, Cracker Jacks & Belly Dancers

America Pivots: 1893 Chicago World’s Fair By Dawn Devine ~ Davina – www.davina.us Introduction: In 1893, the city of Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, commonly known as the Chicago  World’s Fair and it ran from May 1 through October 30.  Chicago fought other major US cities for the commission to host this major event….

Clockwork Alchemy Artists’ Gallery Profile: Paul Stewart

This month’s featured artist is Paul Stewart from the California Gold Country foothills. He discovered he was ‘making steampunk’ before he knew what steampunk was. Paul has displayed several of his inventive pieces in the Artists’ Gallery at previous conventions. He creates his unique and whimsical pieces using found objects from all kinds of sources,…

Splendid Teapot Racing – A History

Splendid Teapot Racing was conceived by Simone Montgomery in Dunedin, New Zealand.  She was looking for something that everyone, no matter their abilities could participate in, in a spirit of inclusiveness.  She had a friend, Donna Rose aka “Amelia Dangerfield” who was in a wheelchair that had a joystick controller, and came up with the…

Michael Cawelti on Steampunk, Stage Combat, and Martial Arts

Coach Tom Badillo interviews Michael Cawelti on steampunk, stage combat, and martial arts. Meet Tom and other martial artists in the Airship Kamehameha War Room at Clockwork Alchemy, the Bay Area’s own steampunk convention. For more information: Albion Schoole of Defense: https://m.facebook.com/259346188283 To support En Garde Fencing: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/EGFencing

Steep Thoughts from The Aviary Teahouse

By Astra Kim Routine and Ritual Happy Solstice, and I hope you’ve all had a chance to enjoy the Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction! Now that winter has officially arrived, I’ve been reflecting on how the routine and ritual of morning tea has been critical for my sanity. I consume a lot of tea in general,…

Cairo on the Seine

“Cairo on the Seine: Rue de Caire and the Danse du Ventre at the l’Exposition Universelle Paris 1889”  by Dawn Devine ~ Davina – www.davina.us In 1889 the city of Paris decided it would hold its fourth Exposition Universelle to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the success of the…

Clockwork Currents Issue #3

Issue #3 of Clockwork Currents, the community magazine of Clockwork Alchemy. Clockwork Alchemy is San Francisco’s own steampunk convention, supporting art, creativity, fun and friendship for alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction enthusiasts. Contents Letter from the Chairs Vendor Showcase: Madame Huffen-Bustle’s Steam Couture Splendid Teapot Racing – A History Interview: Michael Cawelti on Steampunk,…