Joy Gauss

Joy Gauss

  • Technique: I have created my own alphabet out of drawings, textures, verbiage, colors and shapes. Using this alphabet, I create a New Orleans narrative on the surface of my distinctive, hand built clay forms. I celebrate my muse, New Orleans, and share my appreciation of the richness of nature, history and heritage. 
  • My signature clay shape forms are hand made by me, using a roller, extruder, potters wheel or all three. By carving, drawing, impressing and sculpting, I build my story narrative in layers onto the surface of each clay piece. Clay becomes ceramic during a bisque kiln firing. I hand paint with multiple colors of glaze. I use a very hands on, ancient Japanese firing process called Raku to create a unique aged look. Smoke leaves its own kiss of the kiln.
  • About the Artist: I am a full time clay artist experiencing life in New Orleans, living in the "Black Pearl" in a turquoise studio/house, blessed with many pets and three grandchildren. She is mainly self taught, but has an early ceramics background from Missouri University. I grew up in the mid west, moved to New Orleans (became a sailor), Kansas City (became a mother), Houston (found a big blue sky) and back to stay in New Orleans. Creativity in many forms has always been an important part of my life.  
  •  My art is represented by the Dutch Alley Artists Co-op or visit 

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We are located at the intersection of Dumaine and Decatur streets in the heart of the French Quarter. Just down from Cafe' DuMonde! Please click on the address provided below to access the map.