Hayden received his BFA at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (2007).
“I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. As a child I was exposed to a very creative environment as my father was a glassblower and my mother a potter. I began my exploration into glass art after attending a glass casting class taught by Hank Adams at the Penland School of Crafts.
Soon after graduating I began working for glass artist Alex Bernstein, creating one of a kind cast and carved sculptures. This opportunity allowed me to further immerse myself in the world of glass, taking me to the Pilchuck Glass School as well as Penland School of Crafts as a teaching assistant.
In 2008 I was asked to help with equipment setup and instruction at the Jackson County Green Energy Park, a glass studio in the area that is fueled by landfill gas. In the summer of 2010 I began working at the Asheville Glass Center helping manage the studio and teaching classes. These experiences have allowed me to expand my skill and knowledge of glassmaking and given me an environment to experiment and create.”