James McLeod was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1979. He began working with glass while attending the California College of Arts and Crafts where he earned his BFA, 2002. McLeod has studied and has been a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He is presently a glassblowing instructor at San Jose State University and at Public Glass in San Francisco. McLeod has also worked with various sculptors and glass artists in the Bay Area and in Providence, Rhode Island. James McLeod currently lives and works in the Bay Area and his artwork is exhibited nationwide.