James was born in Edmonton and grew up in the Ottawa area. He studied at the Haliburton School of the Arts for art fundamentals, and then studied glass. He then attended the craft and design program at Sheridan College where he majored in glass and stayed on one extra year working as a teaching assistant.
James has worked at several glass studios including Tsunami Glassworks, the Jeff Goodman Studio, the Living Arts Centre, as well as many other independent artists. James' work can be found in galleries across Canada. He is currently working as a resident artist at Gray Art Glass located in Merrickville, Ontario.