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A Message from Josh.
Hello & thank you for showing interest in my work. I am a metalsmith, metals fabricator, and welder, with considerable experience in the construction industry. In my free time, I am a musician and also paint. My home base is New Orleans, Louisiana.

More about Uruz Metals.

Joshua Gates is the owner and primary metalsmith at Uruz Metals. Together with his wife, Chrystal, they design and create each product by hand in their small home studio located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Uruz Metals is inspired by the natural world around us: the textures, colors, forms, and biodiversity that surrounds the Mississippi River and are unique to Louisiana.  Our electroformed jewelry and sculpture incorporate animal and plant remains (leaves, insects, bones, etc) that we source ethically and collect by hand.  As such, each piece is one of a kind --- a truly unique piece of art.
 
Our finished pieces exhibit beautiful surface textures, like hammer marks and patinas, which demonstrate the mark of the maker.  Each mark conscientiously remains, giving the piece its own individual identity, a feeling of timelessness, and distinguishes that this work is made by hand. 
 
Joshua earned Bachelor's Degrees in Metals and Glass from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with a minor in Art History specializing in tribal art.  Influences from the American Craftsman and Art Nouveau movements of the late-1800s to early-1930s are present throughout his work.
 


"Pipefitter Turned Artist." Local News. WSIL. December 26, 2014. Television and On-line.

"Expressions: Josh Gates." Local Television Series. WSIU-TV. April 2, 2015. Television and On-line.


JEWELRY INFORMATION
Jewelry is always designed with the wearer in mind. Hand-formed metal components are sealed with lacquer upon completion, which means that the materials and patinas will not change (oxidize) or react with skin contact.

Chains are sterling silver plated with fine silver, and are typically antiqued with patina. Chain lengths are pictured in 18", but are also available in 20" & 24".  The torque neck pieces are forged by hand from sterling silver. 

Earring wires are made of solid niobium (hypoallergenic) or 100% sterling silver.

STOCKISTS
Illinois

Visions Art Gallery, Makanda, Illinois

Louisiana

NOLA Rock Co., 1214 Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana

Second Line Arts and Antiques, 1209 Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana


LOCAL SHOWS in 2018
* market schedule is weather dependent ~ markets can be delayed or cancelled for rain and high winds *

Fri, August 3. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, August 4. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, August 5. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Wed, August 8. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thur, August 9. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, August 10. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, August 11. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, August 12. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, August 24. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sat, August 25. 7p - 1a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Sun, August 26. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Wed, August 29. 7p - 12a. Palace Market @ 619 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Thur, August 30. 7p - 12:30a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
Fri, August 31. 7p - 1a. Art Garden & Floating Gallery @ 613 Frenchmen St, NOLA
 

2018 ODDITIES TOUR
Sat, July 21. 10a - 6p. Chicago Oddities & Curiosities Expo @ Odeum Sports & Expo Center, Villa Park IL (INDOOR SHOW: BOOTH 75)
Sat, Nov 3. 11a - 6p. Atlanta Oddities & Curiosities Expo @ Atlanta Exposition Center, Atlanta GA (INDOOR SHOW: location TBA)
Sat, Nov 24. 10a - 5p. Austin Oddities & Curiosities Expo @ Palmer Springs Event Center, Austin TX (INDOOR SHOW: location TBA)
 

CREDITS
photography || Chrystal Nause Photography, all rights reserved
music || "My Work is Done" from If I Should Fall to the Field by Steve Von Till (2002)