The story of Ashes into Glass ® starts in 1979, when founders Bill Rhodes and James Watts met at school in London, aged 12. They did everything together. Skating in the park with friends as young teenagers, vacations together in late teens, they lived together in their early twenties until they both got married, Bill to Jane and James to Josephine. Both families have three children who are good friends. This bond forms the foundations for a strong, steady and caring company.