Lee Lyon, born 1924, Kansas City, Missouri. Entered Harvard University, 1941. Enlisted US Army Air Corps immediately after Pearl Harbor and left Harvard for flight training as a pilot. Served a year overseas flying mostly transports in China, Burma, India theatre. Returned to Harvard and graduated 1947 as of the class of ’45 with a degree in Economics.
Married Joanne Redak, 1949. Entered the family cattle hide processing business in Kansas City. Developed modern material handling methods and holds several patents for processing bi-products. Built one of the world’s largest tanneries.
Sold the business and moved to Aspen 1978 for skiing and road biking and to pursue a professional career as a studio potter using the “nom de pot” M C Fire. Maintained a winter studio at Anderson Ranch and joined the Ranch board and later served as President of the board. Joanne opened Joanne Lyon Gallery which she operated for 15 years before becoming a Wilderness Forest Ranger. Became interested in the incipient studio glass movement and installed a studio for the production of hot cast glass producing one of a kind doors, walls, windows, furniture and sculpture. In 2011 left the glass business to business partner Jacqueline Spiro.
Moved to Kansas City area 2013 following Joanne’s passing. Two children, artist Michael Lyon and daughter Pat Brown. Seven grandchildren, 5 ½ great grandchildren.
Jacqueline Spiro Balderson
Jacqueline Spiro Balderson is a self taught artist-designer who has been working with hot cast glass since 1990. She began working with artist Lee Lyon in his glass studio in Aspen, Colorado. As a team, their work has explored the many aspects of glass for use in design, sculpture, craft, and architecture. As an individual, her natural environment is her inspiration for exploring the idea of connection through form and material.
Spiro Lyon Glass has completed commissions for hotels, businesses, and private residences. Their work can be found at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and in numerous private collections throughout the United States.
I grew up in a family of artists. My father was a wood turner and my mother worked with textiles. I began fine woodworking at a young age. I later attended the University of Hawaii and studied glassblowing with Rick Mills. I met Jacqueline in 1993, who then introduced me to Lee Lyon. I joined the Spiro Lyon team and began to assist in all aspects of the hot shop.
Jacqueline and I have been working together as artists for 20 years. We built our studio together in 2000. Since then we have completed many architectural and furniture commissions, been in several gallery shows, and hosted dozens of workshops.