Joy Gauss

Joy is a full time clay artist living and working in New Orleans-- because, she muses, "where else can you live in a torquoise house, parade with a bone gang and play with clay to earn a living?"


As for her technique she says:


I get an idea and it becomes a series of pieces as I try to work out my thoughts using earths clay, my hands and heart.  Wheel and hand built pieces are combined and altered.  Surfaces are sculpted , imprinted and carved.  Each piece is bisque fired, then glazes of many colors are hand painted on to select areas.  Next, the art pieces are taken to the studio garden and RAKU fired.  Each original piece depends on creativity, timing, temperature and experience for its unique look.  It's function is to share New Orleans by capturing bits of its stories.