Club Corner: Mother Lode Mineral Society Explores Glyptic Art


By Antoinette Rahn

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Learning About Glyptic Art

Jack Hoque
Jack Hoque addressing the crowd as he demonstrates the techniques of intaglio carving.

We are kicking of R&G’s Club Corner with a report from the Mother Lode Mineral Society of Modesto, California. During a recent meeting, the club welcomed glyptic artist Jack Hoque from Medford, Oregon. Jack did a demonstration of his work, intaglio carving, and answered questions from the nearly 90 people in attendance.

Rock & Gem columnist Bob Rush shares more of this demonstration in the Bench Tips column of the May issue of Rock & Gem. Learn more about Jack Hoque and view examples of his work in an earlier article written by Rush >>>

Projection of carving
The club’s new projection system made for superb viewing of Jack Hoque’s intricate work.

Club Profile

Club: Mother Lode Mineral Society
Meetings: Club meets the first Sunday of the month (except for July and August) in Modesto at the Tuolumne River Lodge at 2429 River Rd., Modesto, CA 95351
Web site:
Telephone: 209-723-6968
Club Show: March 9-10, 2019 at the Stanislaus Fairgrounds, 900 North Broadway, Turlock, California. Hours: 10am-5pm; Admission: $6 adults, free admission for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult

The Mother Lode Mineral Society is part of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies ( and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (



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