As an artist and an educator formally trained in ceramics, my work spans from the plastic arts, to more site-specific, collaborative, participatory and performative working methods; addressing and communing with life’s complexities through the arrangement of ideas, materials and actions.

Henry James Haver Crissman earned a BFA in Craft from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI in 2012, and a MFA in Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, NY in 2015. He and Virginia Torrence co-founded and co-direct Ceramics School LLC, a contemporary ceramic centric community art school and artist residency in Hamtramck, MI. He lives and makes art in Hamtramck, MI, and is currently an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, and at SAIC in Chicago, IL.