Ross Lunz of Skimmer Studios, describing his work in his Albuquerque studio. View the portfolio below.

About Ross Lunz

After escaping my hometown, the hilly little civil war town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, I got a BFA in Metalsmithing and Painting from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. It was there I realized that I could basically do whatever the hell I wanted, from hopping freight trains to smiting enemies that dared to cross me. With this new attitude towards the world, I hopped some trains, smited some enemies and picked up an MFA with a focus on Metalsmithing from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I taught metalsmithing for the 3 years while attending KU.

In 2003, the dirty South got her talons back into me. I settled 230 miles downriver from my hometown, Vicksburg, in New Orleans, and worked at Loyola University teaching basic design for 1 1/2 years. Hurricane Katrina hit in the late Summer of 2005. My life was permanently altered from the storm’s impact. Ultimately, I re-tooled my approach to the day-to-day, rebuilt my house/studio and, became a New Orleans Firefighter/EMT. Although I’ve maintained a studio practice for 20 years, the work shown on this site mostly displays the functional work I’ve created for about 9 years. I maintain a fascination with technology and its impact on ecology and culture.

90% of materials used in the works displayed on this site were collected from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina.

After 15+ years in New Orleans, 10 of which were spent recovering from “the storm”, my wife, Jeanne, and I decided we’ve had enough. Continuously tackling the challenges and frustrations of life in the post-diluvial crescent city, like having our dog eaten by an alligator, had taken its toll. In the Fall of 2018 we transplanted to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I hope you enjoy looking at my portfolio of furniture and artwork. I am very happy to chat about bespoke creations and we can deliver anywhere in the world. I look forward to hearing from you.”  Ross Lunz

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