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


CREATING STORY POTTERY IS MY PASSION
NEW ORLEANS IS MY MUSE




I GET AN IDEA AND IT BECOMES A SERIES OF PIECES AS I WORK OUT MY THOUGHTS USING EARTHS CLAY MY HANDS AND HEART.    


 CREATING
  Clay is wedged and divided then hand built into my signature shapes.  Surface is layered with drawings, textures, verbiage and often extended with small sculptures.


Completed pieces are slowly dried then bisque fired in an electric kiln solidifying the final shape.



Details are accented with an underglaze then each piece is hand painted with glazes. Only the final firing will reveal the beautiful colors of my glazes. I must hold the color in my minds eye as I paint. 




ANCIENT RAKU FIRING PROCESS- 
I  fire in my garden using a ceramic fiber kiln that I built.    Propane Gas builds a1200 temperature. Watching  into the windows  I see glazes blister, melt and shine.  The Juggling of timing and temperature are crucial.

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 giving each hand fired piece an unique aged look.

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

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