Curriculum Vitae

Henry James Haver Crissman

2692 Carpenter Ave. Hamtramck, MI 48212

(989) 600 2467 / /


Collaborates with Hamilton Poe ( )

Core Member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective ( )

Co-owner of Hamtramck Radiator Co. Artist Residency in Hamtramck, MI



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


Selected 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)

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

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


Selected Lectures / Demonstrations

2018       Presenter, “Ceramics and the Architecture of Social Progression”, College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA

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, Kendall 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


Selected Exhibitions / Events / Collaborations / Notable Engagements


“Re/View: A CCS Alumni Exhibition,” Curated by Vince Carducci, The College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

“Function,” Curated by Tom Phardel, The Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield, MI.


“The Lounge of Saturn,” Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI.

“Please,,” (Solo Exhibition/Collaboration) Trinosophes, Detroit, MI.

“Annual Staff and Student Show,” Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI, juried by Corbe and awarded first prize.

“Going International,” Collaborative Exhibition with Hamilton Poe, The Loose Goose Restopub and Lounge,

Windsor, ON Canada

“Convergence and Bifurcation,” The OCAC/PNCA Applied Craft and Design Studios, Portland, OR.

“Social Objects,” Exhibition by the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, C3: Initiative, 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.

“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


"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

“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,

“Self-Titled: Collaborative Projects by Henry Crissman and Hamilton Poe,” Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

“Pinewood Derby II,” Popps Packing, Detroit, MI


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

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

“The Public Subsidized Pottery Sale,” Fortress Studios LLC, 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


Relevant Employment

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

Jan. 2017 - Aug. 2017             Adjunct Professor of Ceramics, Wayne State University, James Pearson Duffy

Department of Art and Art History, Detroit, MI

Aug. 2016 - Present Instructor, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

Aug. 2016 - Dec. 2016 Adjunct Professor, Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI

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

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



Sharp, Sarah Rose, “From Functional to Found, an Art Couple’s Experiments in Clay,” Hyperallergic RSS, 2 January, 2018.

Chapman, Charine, “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.

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.