Jiri Harcuba was born in Harrachov, in what is now the Czech Republic, where he apprenticed in the region’s renowned engraving studios, developing his hand at portrait engraving and medallions. In addition to founding the Dominik Biman School, a traveling glass studio dedicated to teaching traditional glass techniques, Harcuba has taught around the world at institutions including the Pilchuck Glass School, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Royal Academy of Art in London, and the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague.