Started working in glass in the 1960’s.
Clayton Bailey received a B.S. Degree in Art Education in January 1961, and continued at the University of Wisconsin graduate program in ceramics /sculpture. Harvey Littleton hired him as studio technician and ceramics instructor. In 1962 Bailey received an M.S. Degree in Art and Art Education. He attended the Toledo Museum of Art Glassblowing Seminars with Harvey Littleton as a scholarship student. In 1963 Bailey built a glass furnace and annealing kiln. Bailey moved from glassblowing to ceramics, inspired by the abstract expressionist work of Peter Voulkos. Bailey was a visiting artist at U.C. Davis in 1967 and moved to Northern California permanently in 1968. In 1970 he started teaching at California State University-East Bay and is now Professor Emeritus. His ceramic and mixed media robots and sculptures are highly indicative of the quirky and robust sense of intelligent humor that pervades his work.