Henry James Haver Crissman

2692 Carpenter Ave. Hamtramck, MI 48212

(989) 600 2467 / HJCrissman@gmail.com / www.HenryCrissman.com


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

Relevant Employment

Aug. 2019 - Adjunct Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Jan. 2018 - Present Adjunct Faculty, College for Creative Studies, Crafts Department, Detroit, MI

Jan. 2019 - Present Adjunct Faculty, Eastern Michigan University, School of Art and Design, Ypsilanti, MI

Aug. 2016 - Aug. 2018 Instructor, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI

Jan. 2017 - July 2018            Adjunct Faculty, Wayne State University, James Pearson Duffy

Department of Art and Art History, Detroit, MI

Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017 Adjunct Faculty, Marygrove College, Department of Visual Arts, Detroit, MI

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

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

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

Selected Presentations  / Demonstrations

2018 Visiting Artist, Art Schools Collaborative Conference, Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME

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, HFCC 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, Toledo, OH

Selected Exhibitions / Events / Collaborations / Notable Engagements


“Ceramics School,” 6-week pop-up art school, Popps Packing, Detroit, MI. (forthcoming)

“New Balance” (Solo), Simone DeSousa Edition, Detroit, MI.


“Edition 18,” Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI.

“MOCAD Gala” The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI.

“Henry Crissman: Kiln Pad Pop-Up,” Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, MI.

“Alla Prima All’a Time,” Collaboration with Hamilton Poe, Trinosophes, Detroit, MI.

“Hello Future” (exhibition in the MoCAD store), The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI.

“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” (participant and curator) 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" Curated by MItch Shiles, Washington Street Art Center, Somerville, MA.

"Self Titled 2: (954)785-8492.5" Collaboration 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" One day event at 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

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


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

“Pinewood Derby II” Popps Packing, Detroit, MI


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

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


Sharp, Sarah Rose, “Two Artists Are Alla-bout Bob Ross, and a Forthcoming Book on His Painting Techniques,” Hyperallergic RSS, 9 August, 2018.

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.