Cliff Lee was born in 1951 in Vienna, where his father was an ambassador. His father held diplomatic posts in a number of other cities, including Paris. Lee came to this country in 1968, and started Hershey Medical School at Pennsylvania State College before deciding he wanted to be an artist/scientist rather than a doctor/scientist.
He received a MA degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he met his wife Holly, a jeweler. His work has been exhibited throughout the world, from Taiwan to Newport, Rhode Island.
White House Collection of American Crafts online exhibition at http://www.americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/whc/index.html