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The raw energy required to create much of wood, metal, and ceramic artist, Steven Hayden's work can be overwhelming. In a given day he can be at work in the Forge hammering wrought iron and copper elements by hand, at the potter's wheel expertly throwing delicate clay vessels, and in the wood working studio shaping raw lumber into elements for his fine furnishings and sculpture. This energy and passion for creation comes through in each piece by Hayden. For over two decades since earning a degree in Materials Science Engineering, he has pursued novel, artistic ways to combine materials. Copper saturated raku-fired tiles and vessels, fine furnishings, and mixed-media sculpture show his work to be a true "coalescence of form, function, and art."
About the Artist
Hayden, the only member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen to have "juried in" in three distinct media, has created work for homes, businesses, and public spaces nationally. Public installations include his stainless and copper sculpture "Spirit's Daughter," stainless steel sculpture "Lover's Light," and a collaborative work "Black Sailboat" as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk as well as decorative and functional wood elements in the lobby of the newly constructed Winnipesaukee Playhouse. His work is part of the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden's Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Concord, NH.
Hayden frequently collaborates with other artists, including fellow juried League members David Little, artist-blacksmith; Alex Kalish, glass-blower; Shana Brautigam, potter; and others. He was one of five League craftsmen (with Little, Seth Kiedaisch, Peter Bloch, and Jeffery Cooper) responsible for designing, creating, and assembling the "Hands at Work" reception area at League headquarters. Other collaborative work includes a donor recognition installation (with Little) at the historic Ford's Theater in Washington DC.
Hayden lives and works in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. It is here that he handcrafts all ceramic, metal, and wood elements one piece at a time.