Margaret Haydon earned her MFA in ceramics in 1989 from San Francisco State University. She has been a working artist and teacher in the Colorado-Wyoming area since 1991. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited frequently around the country and internationally.
Haydon's current work is based on iconic images of the great sturgeon, an ancient and endangered species. The sturgeon is an important animal socially, politically and genetically. Its unusual appearance captures the imagination.
In 2009, 2010 and 2013 Haydon traveled to Canada and Hungary. In Canada she worked jointly with the Art Department and the International Centre for Sturgeon Studies at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC. In Hungary she completed a three-month residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, and visited sturgeon farms at the invitation of HAKI (Institute for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Irrigation). During spring 2013, she volunteered with Canadian Fish and Wildlife tagging lake sturgeon in the North Saskatchewan River near Edmonton, before attending an artist residency at the Shaw Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, Medalta, in Medicine Hat for the month of June. This past July, Haydon gave a paper at the 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon at the International Centre for Sturgeon Studies, Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Her work was also featured in Ancients Among Us, an exhibition installed in conjunction with the symposium. Proceeds from Haydon's work have benefitted sturgeon research in the United States, Canada and Hungary.
Haydon's work continues along an interdisciplinary trajectory as she seeks opportunities to work with sturgeon, and raise awareness of the great fish as an environmental indicator to be watched and regarded with awe and respect.