James Hayes Art Glass

About the Artist

"I use nature, chance and my emotions as inspiration for my art glass. My art is playful, adventurous, colorful and distinctive. When I make something I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process the design can change."

James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway Arkansas 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 glassblowing 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. He has been on the cover of At Home in Arkansas magazine and featured in Southern Living Magazine. He has won the best of media at the Shreveport Louisiana Red River Revel Arts Festival and best of show at Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas. James was given the responsibility for designing gifts for the 2003 Lt Governors Conference and the design of the 2001 Governor's Arts Awards in addition to designing ornaments for the James Hayes Christmas Tree in the Governor's Mansion in 2007. He recently has been awarded the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal in Artistic Creativity for the 2006-2007 year.

In Arkansas, his works are available at his own showroom in Pine Bluff, Shepherds Gifts & Blooms in Pine Bluff, Keepsake's Jewelry and Gifts in White Hall, The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Fifth Season in Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas State Capitol Gift Shop in Little Rock, Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers in Little Rock, Gallery 26 in Little Rock, Hillcrest Designer Jewelry in Little Rock, Full Moon in Little Rock, Greenhaw's Fine Men's Wear in Little Rock, Red Door Gallery in North Little Rock, Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Sara Howell Art Gallery in Jonesboro, Something Special in Helena, Chez Weenie in Forrest City, The Enclave Gallery at White Furniture in Benton, The Red Geranium in Texarkana, Corazon in Fayetteville, and Christopher Allen in Fayetteville . In Tennessee, his work is available at T. Clifton Art in Memphis and the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis. In Alabama, you can find his work at Christine's Feathered Nest in Montgomery and at Harmony Landing in Homewood. In Texas you can find his work at Robert's China in Houston and at Rutherford's in Dallas. In Louisiana his work is available at C & C Electric and Lighting Inc. in Shreveport.

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