The cross cultural, communal, and expressive capacities of ceramics align with my intentions, and enable critical and empathetic exchanges. As such, manipulating the processes of ceramic production, distribution, and use, is the basis for the majority of my work which spans from vessel making and kiln design to more explicitly site-specific, performative, collaborative and participatory projects.
Born August 31, 1990 in Midland, MI, Henry James Haver Crissman is a son of two veterinarians and youngest of three children. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Craft with a focus in Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in 2012, and a Master’s degree in Ceramics at Alfred University in 2015. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has taught and held workshops at universities and art centers across the United States. Currently he is an adjunct professor of Ceramics at the College for Creative Studies and at Wayne State University. In addition to his personal practice, he works collaboratively with Hamilton Poe. He and his wife, artist Virginia R. Torrence, live with their dog Petunia and two cats, Bob and Mona, in Hamtramck, MI.