Ceramics School is an experimental art school and artist residency in Hamtramck Michigan Co-founded by Virginia Torrence and Henry Crissman. Our summer pop-up education space is made possible by our friendly neighbors, Popps Packing. This summer’s session is a test run that we hope to find a more permanent home for soon!

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. Virginia is currently working as the Gallery Manager at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit, MI. 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 at Eastern Michigan University, and will be teaching at SAIC in the fall semester of 2019. He currently lives and makes his art in Hamtramck, MI.

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Nathan Malonis | Resident Artist

Nathan Malonis (b. 1996, Berkley, Michigan) received a BA in Art from Stamps School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor, MI in 2018. Nathan has also studied at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland. He is currently working as a Teaching Artist and Museum Educator at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Nathan lives and works in Detroit, MI, where he likes to cook, eat, dance, read and draw pictures.


Leo Kopack | Resident Artist

Leo David Kopack (b. 1994, Detroit, Michigan) received a BFA in Ceramics from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI in 2017. He is currently a Fabrication Technician at Detroit’s Historic Pewabic Pottery. Leo lives and works in Hamtramck, MI.