Joy Gauss

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is my muse. I layer clay surfaces of my signature shapes with words, textures drawings and spriggs to illustrate her stories. Pieces are bisque fired, hand painted with glazes then Raku fired to create a unique aged look. I work in a series of shapes and themes, each piece made by me, always an original and expressing the Joy I find in creating with clay.

Growing up in Kansas City I was influenced by early trips to the Nelson Art Gallery. At the University of Missouri an introductory ceramics course set me on my clay path. Although mostly self taught I look for workshops, continuing ed courses and summer camps for fun. My creative path has led me to experiment with many mediums but I always return to clay and the unique effects possible with the RAKU firing process. I have been Mom, store display lady, hotel manager, travel agent, sailboat crew and small person teacher, now grandma and full time artist. I have lived in New Orleans for over 30 years because – where else can one live in a turquoise house, play with clay for a living and find so many stories to share!