Lujan was introduced to glass blowing in Taos, NM where he apprenticed with celebrated glass artist Tony Jojola, at the workshop Tony established to develop younger glass artists.
Since then, Ira has become a foremost glass artist, himself, winning prizes regularly.
This sleek glass canteen is one of his very early works, which has peeked out from hiding.
Blown, probably, in clear glass, it has been covered with glossy black glass, except for the rows of little ovals that decorate it.
The effect is of patent leather, although if held to a bright light, it becomes translucent.
Contemporary material and technique are married to tradition, in this canteen; the form is that of the pottery canteens Pueblo farmers took out to the fields, for centuries past.
Hang on the wall, and add greenery or flowers, if you like – unlike Native pottery, glass is friendly to water.
A lovely piece, that documents the early career of an artist who is now recognized as a major talent.