Born February 23, 1977 in Albuquerque, NM. Native American from Taos/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos. Introduced to glass blowing in Taos, NM. summer 2000 and started apprenticeship with the Native American Glass Artist Tony Jojola. Pilchuck summer 2006, 2009 studied under Preston Singletary. Working with Jojola brought forth the possibilities of incorporating native themes and influences with ancient techniques of glass blowing. Today, Lujan's work is highly influenced by everyday scenes of Native America. " I was fascinated by the movement of hot glass and the way it captures light, and the potential of creating Native Art with this exciting new Medium".
Ira is an artist who offers inspiration to aspiring Native artists throughout North America. He's a master of his craft and yet he's so easy going. He's been a major contributor to the Millicent Rogers Museum and we are always immensely honored with his presence. His work continues to evolve to higher levels, just when you think you have seen it all, there's another masterpiece to keep you in awe. - Cornbringer Michaels