Arlon Bayliss was born in Warwickshire, England in 1957. Bayliss began his education in the arts with a Bachelor of Arts in ceramics from Bristol Polytechnic in 1978. In 1981, he received a Master's in Arts in glass making at the Royal College of Art in London.
Bayliss studied and worked at Lobmeyr and Co. in Vienna, the Leerdam Factory in Amsterdam, the Rosenthal Company in Germany, Isle of Wight Glass in England, Blenko Glass, and Steuben. Several of his exhibitions and works have been displayed in cultural institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Christie’s London, and Lynby Kunstforening in Copenhagen.
In 1990 Bayliss moved to the US to establish the glass program at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and he served on the faculty there until 2014. His current focus is commissioned public artwork.