Ceramics School is a community art school and artist residency in Hamtramck Michigan Co-founded by Virginia Torrence and Henry Crissman. Our summer pop-up education space was made possible by our friendly neighbors, Popps Packing. We are hard at work creating a new space for Ceramics School to exist in permanently. We will soon be launching a crowdsourcing fundraiser to help us renovate and start in our new location!

During our sessions we have a limited number of need-based scholarships available to make taking a class more accessible. To inquire about these opportunities, please reach out to us at




Virginia Torrence | Instructor | Co-founder

Virginia Rose Torrence (b. 1991, Midland, Michigan) received her BFA in Craft/Ceramics from the College for Creative Studies in 2013 and her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University in 2016. She lives and makes her art in Hamtramck, MI.

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Henry Crissman | Instructor | Co-founder

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 is currently an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies and SAIC. He currently lives and makes his art in Hamtramck, MI.