James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He owns and operates James Hayes glass company in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glass blowing in Murano, Italy; Columbus, Ohio; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington. James has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Some of his honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament; featured on High Profile in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in addition to KTHV Channel 11’s Everyone Has a Story.