Henry James Haver Crissman’s mother’s mother was a potter, and his father’s mother was an illustrator. Born and raised in Midland, MI, he 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 ceramics to site-specific, collaborative, 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 burgeoning ceramic-centric artist residency in Hamtramck, MI.