Hayden Wilson grew up in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
As a second generation glass maker, he has been around glass his entire life, but working professionally as a glass blower and caster for the past six years.
He has been an assistant instructor in the glass studio at Penland School of Craft, in Penland, North Carolina and also at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington state. Hayden has also worked Jackson County Green Energy Park building equipment, teaching glass and metal foundry classes.
He currently works with glass artist Alex Bernstein and manages the Asheville Glass Centers hot shop, a public access studio that focuses on art glass making as well as offering an array of classes. Hayden creates his work at the Asheville Glass Center. Hayden’s work conveys his aesthetic of clean lines and inspired by modern, utilitarian design. He works with utilitarian vessels, as well as steel and cast glass sculptures. In addition to his own work, Hayden has also designed and created various lighting commissions for local restaurants and businesses in the region.
Mentor, Showcase Gallery, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville NC 2015
Glassville, WNC’s Contemporary Glass Showcase, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Asheville NC 2015
Fancy and Function, Mica Gallery, Bakersville NC 2015
2015 WNC Glass Exhibition, Burke Arts Council, Morganton NC 2015
Community in Glass, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC
Four Makers Four Materials, Upstairs Art Space, Tryon NC 2014
Vitrified Transformations Solo Show, Ananda West, Asheville NC
Harvey’s Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina, The Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Asheville NC 2012
A Family Affair, TRAC Gallery, Burnsville NC 2012
Glass in the Mountains, TRAC Gallery, Spruce Pine NC 2012