has been involved in lapidary for over 35 years. He has won Rocky Mountain
and American Federation trophies. He chose the challenge of the lapidary
division, requiring 10 different categories of lapidary work: cabochons,
spheres, intarsia, mosaics, doublets, triplets, bookends, freeforms, transparencies,
and contoured specimens. His distinctive checkerboard marble sphere was
pictured in the Lapidary Journal. Edwin also made an inlaid table with 288
pieces of polished agates and jade.
avid field collector, Edwin has visited the most famous locations in the
United States. Among his favorites are the Wyoming jade fields, the Herkimer
quartz location in New York, the plume agate beds of Oregon and Texas, the
emerald sites of North Carolina, and the Fairburn agates localities of South
winter "snowbird" in Arizona, Gueck teaches a lapidary class in
a resort north of Phoenix. He also displays at shows throughout the many
states, and is happy to explain his technique to anyone who is interested
in lapidary. Widely traveled, he has been inspired by lapidary work in major
museums around the world. After returning from a recent trip to Russia,
he remarked that the craftsmanship of Faberge lapidary artists has been
an inspiration to many of the present day lapidary arts leaders.
what his favorite lapidary technique is, he replies, "It's hard to
say, probably inlay or mosaics - something which combines several materials,
but more often my favorite is whatever I happen to be working on."
Edwin Gueck was elected into the National
Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame