Elizabeth James was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Louisiana. She attended LSU, receiving a BA in fine arts and an MA in art history. She currently lives in Springdale with her husband Scott.
James is the owner of Elizabeth James Glass and Bear Creek Pottery & Glass. Her studio overlooks pastures, trees, and hills, which provides a peaceful setting to create her art. James began as a potter and has incorporated fused glass as a natural progression in her kiln-formed creations. She designs both functional glass and artistic, non-functional glass.
James participated in Women’s Voices in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2015 during the Bentonville Film Festival, focusing on diversity in art. She has participated in Art on the Creeks since 2015 and has created glass for use in fundraising for Habitat for Humanity 2018 and 2019. She also created glass for auction for fundraising to build the new Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale and created the blessing bowl for the hospital once construction had been completed. She sat on the board of directors as vice president for the Fayetteville Underground and also created the ten awards for the Governor’s Art Awards, which were presented March 2017 at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. These awards were commissioned through the Arkansas Arts Council to recognize ten outstanding artists in Arkansas.