JOY GAUSS - BLUE HOUSE STUDIO - CLAY ART - NEW ORLEANS


This is my passion, creating a story on clay, painting it with  colorful glazes=glass, and using fire and smoke to create original one of a kind clay art.




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. 
Each theme becomes a series that evolves or evaporates of its own momentum.  All are hand built originals and can not be duplicated.  I use an ancient Japanese firing process called Raku to adds additional interest with its contrast between color and rich matte black areas.   


      CREATING
  Clay is wedged and divided then wheel thrown, altered or hand built to create my clay shapes. Forms begin to tell their stories as they are sculpted, carved & imprinted. 



Completed pieces are slowly dried then bisque fired in an electric kiln
removing moisture, and melting clay plates into their permanent shape




Pictures, patterns and areas will be detailed with under glazes then hand painted with  low fire glazes that will melt into colorful glass coatings during a second firing, either the  RAKU process or  an oxidation firing.




RAKU - I  fire in my garden using a ceramic fiber kiln  that I built.  This is a two phase process.  First, using propane gas fuel I build temperature. Watching  through the windows  I see glazes blister, melt and finally shine.  Timing and
temperature are crucial.



  Phase two,
I lift the bonnet and using tongs I remove each red hot piece to a bed of combustibles.  Smoke carbonizes unglazed areas  and accents tiny glaze fractures with rich matt blacks.  This gives each hand fired piece a unique aged look.



Laissez le bon temps roulle (Let the good times roll) with story pottery New Orleans style!

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