James Wardhaugh was born in Edmonton, AB in 1986 and moved to Ottawa, ON shortly thereafter. Wardhaugh originally enrolled and completed the Drawing and Painting program at the Haliburton School of Art, but it was during his studies there that he first gained exposure to glass blowing through a condensed 14-week program. After this intense and informative program, Wardhaugh spent the next eight months honing his skills at various glass studios across Ontario, which ultimately led him to Sheridan College’s renowned Craft and Design program and his continued dedication to the medium.
Wardhaugh thinks of the surface of glass as a canvas and treats it as such. He uses colour and texture to create depth and emotion in his works. He finds that glass is, “a very organic material; there are patterns that occur in nature that are a natural translation in glass.” He finds joy in discovering these patterns and creating an either literal or figurative connection. Drawing inspiration from sources that relate to rural and natural areas and specific aspects of nature’s own science, his body of work is reflective of what is seen and what happens around him in this “enormous and beautiful place.”