Leo K. Lu

   Leo 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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   Ever 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 himself
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.
   Jewelry 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.

   Most 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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   It 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!

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