Henry James Haver Crissman was born August 31st 1990 in Midland, MI, the son of two veterinarians and youngest of three children. He earned a BFA in Craft/Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in 2012 and his MFA in Ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has received grants, fellowships and residencies in support of his projects which explore the production, distribution and use of ceramics as platforms for public engagement, empowerment, and critique. In addition to his personal practice, he works collaboratively with Hamilton Poe, and is a core member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective. He has taught and held workshops at universities and art centers across the United States, and is currently an adjunct professor of ceramics at The College for Creative Studies and at Wayne State University, both in Detroit, MI. He and his wife (Virginia R. Torrence), dog (Petunia) and two cats (Bob and Mona) now live and work at Hamtramck Radiator, a new artist residency in Hamtramck, MI, a very small, densely populated and extraordinarily diverse city within the city limits of Detroit, MI.