Hayden Dakota Wilson
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.