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About Hayden Youlley


Hayden studied at The College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Without any prior experience, he chose to major in ceramics and object design. Quickly finding his feet, and more importantly his passion, he flourished.

During his studies he developed proficiency in hand building, slab building, coil building, wheel throwing and mould making. Skills which have been developed and enhanced further with each project and each exhibition. 

Curiosity and passion led him overseas to the University of Illinois, where he was able to extend his knowledge of design and ceramics further, through the intensive 'hands on' approach unique to the Ceramic Department at UI.

After years of study and practice, Hayden believes that good design is about realising function with aesthetic integrity without unnecessary complications. The products and systems we interact with everyday should enable us, instead of frustrate us  and Hayden hopes to instil that in each of his objects, aiming to facilitate pure enjoyment in use.


The importance of creating both environmentally and socially sustainable solutions to the design problems posed by the contemporary world is a core value of his work. Essentially, he strives to combine techniques of concept and form development with hand crafting or limited batch production to achieve the quality, integrity and aesthetic he desires with a minimal environmental footprint.


Based in his studio in Sydney, Hayden is currently working on lighting, tableware and ornamental designs both in his own practice and in collaboration with upcoming and established designers and craftspeople.

Hayden Youlley Designs have been featured in a number of publications including, Inside Out, Home Beautiful, House and Garden, and The Sydney Morning Herald and are available to purchase through a number of stockists in Sydney, greater NSW, Canberra, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Please view our Stockists page for contact details.