Born August 31, 1990 in Midland, MI, Henry James Haver Crissman is the son of two veterinarians and the youngest of three children. He earned a BFA in Craft with a focus in Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in 2012, and a MFA in Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015. Exploring art as a forum for personal expression, public empowerment, and institutional critique; his work spans from utilitarian objects to site-specific and participatory projects, and most often finds itself somewhere in the middle. He is an adjunct professor of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies and at Wayne State University. He and his wife, artist Virginia R. Torrence, live and work at Hamtramck Radiator, an emerging ceramic-centric artist residency in Hamtramck, MI.