Curriculum Vitae

Henry James Haver Crissman

11388 Moran St. Hamtramck, MI 48212

(989) 600 2467 / /

Collaborates with Hamilton Poe

Core Member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective



2013 – 2015    MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2008 – 2012    BFA Craft/Ceramics, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

    Graduated with Honors, and as “Senior Select” of the Craft Department


Awards / Residencies

2016    Artist in Community Grant, “Glisten” (The Backpack Kiln Project), The Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Allegany, NY ($2,500 Grant)

2015    Resident Artist, STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, Star, NC

2014    Successful Kickstarter Campaign, “The Mobile Anagama” (Raised $3,106)

2014    Resident Artist / Instructor, C.A.M.P. Experimental Artist Residency, Honeoye, NY

2014    NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship ($2,000 Grant)

2014    Artist Assistant to Janine Antoni, Alfred, NY

2013-14     Graduate Advisor, Alfred Clay Collective, Alfred, NY

2012    NCECA Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship ($2,000 Grant)

2012    KWH Merit Award, NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition, University of Washington, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA

2012    Successful Kickstarter Campaign, “The Detroit Noborigama” (Raised $2,275)

2011    Summer Internship, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

2010-13     Resident Artist, Fortress Studios, Detroit, MI

2010    Student Fellowship, Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2010    Emerging Artist, The Original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, MI

2009    Best in Show, Frankenmuth Art Fair, Frankenmuth, MI


Lectures / Demonstrations

2016    Visiting Artist, Oakland Community College, Royal Oak Campus, Royal Oak, MI

2016    Visiting Artist, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

2015    Visiting Artist, FUNFALIFE Fellowship, Ox-bow Wood-fire Intensive, Ox-bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2015    Visiting Artist, Kendal College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2015    Presenter, Michigan Ceramic Art Association MIMud Conference, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI

2015    Visiting Artist, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2015    Visiting Artist, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

2015    Demonstrating Artist, The National Folk Festival, Greensboro, NC

2015    Visiting Artist, Odyssey Clay Works, Asheville, NC

2014    Presenter, “Considering Social Practice in Contemporary Ceramics,” 2014 NCECA Conference, Milwaukee, WI

2014    Cyber Visiting Artist, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

2014    Presenter, The Ceramics Forum, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

2011    Visiting Artist, Toledo Museum of Art / University of Toledo – Ceramics Department, Toledo, OH


Exhibitions / Events / Collaborations / Notable Engagements


Ware's Trinosophes?,” Collaboration with Trinosophes, Trinosophes, Detroit, MI. (forthcoming)

"Going International," Collaborative Exhibition with Hamilton Poe, The Loose Goose Restopub and Lounge, Windsor, ON Canada

"Convergence and Bifurcation,” NCECA Conference Concurrent Exhibition, Portland, OR. 

“Social Objects,” Exhibition featuring the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, NCECA Conference Concurrent Exhibition, Portland, OR. 


"Glisten," (Artist in Community Grant funded Backpack Kiln Project) Alfred, NY.

"Across the Table, Across the Land, " Curated by Michael Strand and Namita Wiggers, NCECA 50th Anniversary Community Project, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO.

"Planning the Improbable, Sketching the Impossible," Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA.

"Self Titled 2: (954)785-8492.5," Collaborative Exhibition with Hamilton Poe, Trinosophes, Detroit, MI.


2015 Winter Show,” Curated by Edie Carpenter, Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC.

"Michigan MUD Presenter's Exhibition," Henry Ford College, Dearborn, MI.

The Mobile Anagama Invitational,” Collaborative Project with Josh Copus and Nick Moen, Odyssey Clay Works, Asheville, NC.

Cousins in Clay,” Guest Cousin, Bulldog Pottery, Seagrove, NC.

The Mobile Anagama Company,” MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Historic Terra-Cotta Building, Alfred, NY

Variance,” Alfred University Ceramics MFA Candidates Group Exhibition, Providence, RI


The Hedgerow Farm Bakery Pottery Project,” Collaboration with Hedgerow Farm Bakery, Alfred, NY

"A Home For Joe" National Cup Invitational, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH

(Alfred University Selected Curator, Collaboration with the Alfred Clay Collective)

"Suggested Donation Pottery Sale," The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA

"The Mobile Anagama" National Tour of Firings, stops included:

    - Alfred University, Alfred, NY

    - AMACO, Indianapolis, IN

    - Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

    - Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

    - Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT

Puddle Glaze Pottery Sale,” Main Street, Alfred, NY

The Hairpin Olympics,” Artist and Curator, Alfred, NY

Spring 2014 SUNY Art Student Exhibition,” Alfred University Selected Graduate Student, Albany, NY


Between Two Urns,” Collaborative Video Series,

SelfTitled: Collaborative Projects by Henry Crissman and Hamilton Poe,” Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

Pinewood Derby II,” Pops Packing, Detroit, MI

20 Sketches: Henry Crissman,” Julia Yezbick and Benjamin Gaydos, Detroit, MI

Firepower Ceramics” Detroit Artists Market, Jurors: Tom Phardel and Timothy Mast, Detroit,MI

News Paper Vending Machine Galleries: Eastern Market,” Co-founder and Curator, Detroit, MI


Nation Building: Craft in Contemporary American Culture” Featured Artist in Lecture “DIY Detroit” by Gabriel Craig, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Party Plates for the Stone-Richards,” Ongoing Collaboration with the Stone-Richards, Detroit, MI

Trinosophes Cups,” Ongoing Collaboration with Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

The Greene House: Opening Reception,” Artist and Curator, Detroit, MI

The Public Subsidized Pottery Sale,” Fortress Studios LLC, Detroit, MI

Detroit Design Festival,” Featured Event, Fortress Studios LLC, Detroit, MI

Oh Flux: A Detroit Clay Collaboration,” Whitdel Arts Gallery, Detroit, MI

The Detroit Noborigama,” BFA Thesis Exhibition, Alfred A. Taubman Center for Design, Detroit, MI

NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition,” Jacob Lawrence Gallery, U of W, Seattle, WA

Pour Invitational,” Starkweather Gallery, Romeo, MI, Juror: Chrys Bonnay-Lewis


Holiday Show,” Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

Michigan Mud Juried Student Show,” Michigan Ceramic Art Association, Ann Arbor, MI

Oil and Water,” Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

Porcelaneous Proverbs,” College for Creative Studies, Dirt Rock Gallery, Detroit, MI

Summer Dreams” (Henry Crissman, John Orland, Ben Warner), College for Creative Studies, U245 Gallery, Detroit, MI


Holiday Show,” Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

Henry Crissman and Pria Witman,” Oxbow Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

Annual Student Exhibition,” College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI



Jan. 2017 -         Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, Marygrove College, Department of Visual Arts, Detroit, MI


Jan. 2017 -         Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, Wayne State University, James Person Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Detroit, MI


Aug. 2016 – Present     Education Studio Instructor and Mobile Kiln Enthusiast, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI


Aug. 2016 – Dec. 2016    Adjunct Professor, Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington Hills, MI


Aug. 2015 – June 2016    Studio Manager / Coordinator / Instructor, The Wellsville Creative Art Center, Wellsville, NY


Aug. 2013 – May 2015    Graduate Assistantship, NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

                Spring 2015 - Teaching Assistant to Brett Hunter, "COLab Freshmen Foundations"

                Fall 2014 - Teaching Assistant to Matt Katz, "Ceramic Materials 1"

                Summer 2014 - Teaching Assistant to Andrea Gill, Alfred Summer School, "Independent Study"

                Spring 2014 - Instructor of Record, “Art 151 B Beginning Ceramics”

                Fall 2013 - Teaching Assistant to Trevor Bennett, “Sophomore Wheel”


May - July 2013        Adjunct Faculty, “Wood-Fired Ceramics,” College for Creative Studies, Continuing Education Department, Detroit, MI

Dec. 2011 – Jun. 2013    Instructor / Studio Technician, Sugar Hill Clay, Detroit, MI


June 2012        Teaching Assistant to Jerry Catania, “Multi Level Glass Blowing,” Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

June 2012         Pre-College Program Chaperone, Oxbow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI


Sept. – Nov. 2011        Instructor, Vanguard Community Development Corporation, Detroit, MI




Chapman, Cathrine, "A Community Kiln Keeps the Flame of Democracy Burning in Detroit" Vice Creators, 20 March, 2017.

Sharp, Sarah Rose, "Florida, Bob Ross, and a Collaborative, Conceptual Art Journey," Hyperallergic RSS, 17 March, 2016.

The Mobile Anagama Photo Essay,” The Log Book: International Wood-Fired Ceramics Publication, p.9-13, Issue 64, 2016.

Clay Culture: Mobile Anagama,” Ceramics Monthly, p.20-21, September 2015 issue.

The Mobile Anagama Tour,” (Limited Edition Photo Book) Salt & Cedar Letter Press, Detroit, MI, 2015.

(Featured Artist) Lindsay Oesterritter, “The Expanding Community of Wood-Fired Ceramics,” The Studio Potter, vol. 43 issue 1, 2015.

The Mobile Anagama,” NCECA Journal, vol. 35, The Sheridan Press, Hanover, 2015.

Considering Social Practice in Contemporary Ceramics,” NCECA Journal, vol. 35, The Sheridan Press, Hanover, PA, p.120, 2014.

The Public Subsidized Pottery Sale,” NCECA Journal, vol. 34 2013, The Sheridan Press, Hanover, PA, pg. 38, 2013.