Jaydan Moore was born into a family of fourth generation tombstone makers. Most of his childhood was spent at the family business, which doubled as a rental storage space where he would rummage through other peoples’ objects and listen to families make arrangements for their loved ones. It is these experiences that made him value the heirlooms and objects we choose to use as markers for significant moments.
Jaydan attended the California College of the Arts for his undergraduate degree and he received his MFA and MA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jaydan has furthered his career through opportunities as an artist in residence at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Fountainhead Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth Universities Craft/Material Studies Program, and a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. He has shown in recent exhibitions at Cheongju Craft Biennale (South Korea), Museum of Craft and Design (CA), Racine Art Museum (WI), Fuller Craft Museum (MA), and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (NC). He has also held teaching appointments at Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft Materials Studies Program and Penland School of Crafts.
Jaydan was awarded the inaugural Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council and received a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. He currently is finishing a three-year residency at Penland School of Crafts.