Clayton Pond studied at Hiram College from 1959-1961 but earned his BFA degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1964. He also studied at the Pratt Institute from 1964-66, earning his MFA degree from that institution. He taught in Palm Beach, Florida in 1964 and C.W. Post College from 1966 to 1968. He then taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1968 to 1970 and at the University of Wisconsin in 1972. Pond has a long list of over 70 one-man exhibitions in galleries, libraries, colleges, and universities. His art pieces are in corporate, university, and private collections.
He achieved notoriety by expanding the silk screen medium through the use of a high gloss varnish printing in thick layers of bright contrasting colors.
Pond works in a studio outside of Atlanta.