Lu was born in 1943 in China. After completing his college degree in Taiwan,
he came to the United States in 1968 to pursue graduate studies in Engineering.
After obtaining his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and gained some experience
in the industry, Leo moved to California in 1975. Since then, he has been
working in an engineering firm in the California Bay Area, while fulfilling
his love in teaching, worked as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering, in
a local University.
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since he had the opportunity to grind his first piece of stone in late 2003,
Leo was immediately attracted to lapidary and stonework and quickly immersed
in the art. Leo considers himself a novice and a latecomer in the field
of stone art as he claims that he still confronts challenges that he had
to overcome in some of his design work. Different stone related arts interest
Leo: from cabochon, to intarsia, to jewelry work, and to sculpture. He has
published a few articles in stone arts and has won a CFMS "Jewelry
Size Intarsia" Award in 2008.
size intarsia enables Leo to use semi-precious or precious stones in an
economical way. Embedding small stones next to one another, in a very confined
space, expeditiously became the training ground for Leo's patience and tenacity.
people working on jewelry size stone face the same question, "What
are you going to do with all the pieces of 'stone' you made? " Combining
the pieces of jewelry-size stones with different metal smith work enabled
Leo to expand his realm in stone design.. As Leo told many of his artist
friends, "Knowing how the stones are going to be used eventually actually
helps me greatly in stone designs too."
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seems natural to extend the techniques of cutting small stones, and slowly
evolve the art to working with large stones. Leo started to do sculptures
of "relatively large" stones in 2005, as compared with gemstones.
The reward of pleasure is also great!