James began his glass career in 1999. After a few months of practice he took a class with Tom Holland and Sage in Fox, AR. After a few more months behind the torch he became a member of the LA crafts guild after being juried into the organization. In 2001 James was a studio assistant for Loren Stump at Penland School of Crafts. He fell in love with the mountains of Western NC so much that NC has been home since. His interests are varied: cooking, beer brewing, gardening, music and podcasts. One influences the other!