Jaydan was born into a family of fourth generation tombstone makers in California.
Most of his childhood was largely spent at the family business, which doubled as a
rental storage space; where he would rummage through other peoples objects, and
listen to families making arrangements for their loved ones. It is these experiences
that made him value the heirlooms and objects we choose to use as markers for
His career began as an undergraduate student at California College of the Arts, in
Oakland and received his MFA and MA from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jaydan has furthered his career through generous 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), Milwaukee Institute
of Art and Design, Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VA),
and Wilton House Museum (VA). He has also held teaching appointments at Virginia
Commonwealth University in the Craft Materials Studies Program, California College
of the Arts, and Penland School of Crafts.
Last year, Jaydan was awarded the inaugural Emerging Voices Award from the
American Craft Council. He currently is in the middle of a three-year residency at
Penland School of Craft.