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.
Ed Pennebaker is a versatile artist who started out working in two-dimensional art with an M.A. in printmaking from Emporia State University in Kansas. He was introduced to hot glass when he was working as an Artist-in-the-Schools from 1981-1983. Producing functional glass forms eventually led to working with sculptural lighting and then to pure sculpture. Along the way he worked with cast glass, fused glass, cast bronze, and steel fabrication.
Charles and Michael Riley founded their studio together in 2006—a humble start in the garage next to their home. Since then, they have focused their energy solely on making the best art glass they can using very old techniques with a modern style. Working together on every piece, the two have learned to work with barely a word spoken.
They continue to push themselves with vigor every week regardless of the heat and long hours. They’ve always encouraged the public to watch them work so they can share in the experience and process. The brothers are eager to explain and happy to answer questions, as they hope to spread the knowledge of glassblowing far beyond themselves.