Linda Hayden
Clay Artist


My working career began with the design, and later the construction, of architectural structures. This love for form in buildings has evolved into a respect for structure and form in all materials, and today is the basis for my relationship with clay.

In building my pieces, I use a combination of slab and coil methods. My finishes are glazeless – the product of fire, smoke and, with my pit-fired work, the fumes from organic materials, salts and copper oxides. The ritual of the smoke or pit firing reconnects the work to its earthly origins.

My work explores the relationships we have with the natural world around us. My desire is not to imitate nature, but to express the beauty that can be found by capturing the essence of the natural world. Clay talks to me and tells me what it wants to be… I strive to be worthy of its trust.


1975 Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, University of Texas  Austin, TX

1985 Master of Architecture, University of Texas  Austin, TX

2000 - 2009 Clay studies, Front Range Community College  Westminster, CO

2010 - 2014 Santa Fe Clay  Santa Fe, NM

2017 - 2018 Clay studies, Santa Fe Community College  Santa Fe, NM


1973 - 2000  Architectural Designer

1987 - 2000  Owner/General Contractor, Hayden Custom Homes  Colorado Springs, CO

2009 - 2014  Member-Owner, Co-Art Gallery  Denver, CO

2000 - 2018  Clay Artist


Independent Students Exhibit, Front Range Community College  Westminster, CO   2005, 2008, 2009

Juried Show, Arvada Arts Center  Arvada, CO   2008

Holiday Show & Sale, Santa Fe Clay  Santa Fe, NM   2010 - 2016

Juried Show, Contemporary Clay Fair  Santa Fe, NM   2014 - 2018

Juried Show, Santa Fe Clay  Santa Fe, NM   2016


Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery  Buda, TX