Dara Cheek (Hieropice) - visual artist, jeweler, instructor
I live in Boston, where my apartment has become overrun with the glass terrariums, jewelry, glass and metal sculpture I make. I started making art by doing portraits of those adorable Filene's stuffed holiday bears (that they no longer sell!) when I was 4, and graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University with a degree in, well, Fine Arts (metals/glass concentration). Crafting is my passion, and though I think no one creates more beautifully than nature, I do my best to compete.