In 1999 James was living in Boulder Colorado waiting on tables in a restaurant. During this time he accepted a part time apprenticeship in a glass studio. After six months James decided to make a significant commitment to glass and left the restaurant to work full-time in the glass studio. During his early years James attended classes at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School and Pittsburgh Glass Institute, where he studied under a number of artists including, Boyd Sugiki, Joe Cariati, Cesare Toffolo, and Emilio Santini.
After several years James decided to go deeper into glass and the creative arts and entered the BFA program in studio class at the California College of Arts from which he graduated in 2009. After college James settled in San Francisco joining Public Glass, a non-profit glass studio.
James has worked closely for more than 5 years with Nate Watson, the manager of Public Glass. They have collaborated on a number of design projects and helped to build the Light A Spark Program. The Light A Spark program teaches youth to work with glass and learning self expression through the exploration of their artistic voices.
Currently James lives, teachers, and makes his work in San Francisco. To get James's CV or more information, Contact Page.