1973 - Began four-year apprenticeship as a glass engraver at the Tiffin Crystal Co.
1976 - The first annual Limited Edition Christmas Ornament was created and carried on by Maxwell.
1983 - Cut 144 piece stemware set ordered by the Reagan White House to commemorate the visit of Queen Elizabeth. This was last large project for Tiffin Crystal Co., which closed it's plant by the end of the year.
1983 - Maxwell purchased equipment and saved the glass molds from Towle Manufacturing, the last owner of the Tiffin Crystal Co. and formed Maxwell Crystal, a small glassblowing and engraving business located in Tiffin, Ohio.
1996 - Moved studio to Fostoria, Ohio and began operations as Foster Glassworks so named in honor of Charles Foster, an industrial entrepreneur and former Governor of Ohio who is credited with founding the original Fostoria Glass Company.
2000 - Created ornament for Ohio Governor's "Treasures for the Tree" contest in recognition of 75th Anniversary of Governor's Residence.
2001 - Jim was one of four artists from Ohio, chosen by Governor & Mrs. Taft, to create an ornament for the official White House Christmas Tree. He also appeared in the HGTV special, "White House Christmas 2001," as one of five artists featured in the hour-long special about decorating the White House.
2002 - President and Mrs. Laura Bush commissioned Jim to create 625 limited edition Christmas ornaments depicting the White House. Read the Press Release