James Wardhaugh was born in Edmonton, AB and moved to Ottawa, ON shortly after. He gained exposure to glass blowing through a condensed 14-week program at the Haliburton School of Art. Wardhaugh originally completed the drawing and painting program at Haliburton but was drawn to glassblowing. After this intense and informative program, Wardhaugh spent the next eight months honing his skills at various glass studios across Ontario, which has led him to Sheridan College’s Craft and Design program.
Wardhaugh thinks of and treats the surface of glass as a canvas. 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.”