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Joshua W. Gates is the sole proprietor and metal smith at Uruz Metals in New Orleans, Louisiana. Josh specializes in metal sculpture and fine art jewelry, as well as forged steel, welding, and fabrication. He is a formally trained artist with a background in painting, drawing, and illustration.

About his work, Josh explains that he has always been drawn to patterns, forms, and textures inspired by nature. He frequently incorporates natural elements like bone, teeth, wood, and other botanical elements into his pieces. Josh works in an organic manner, allowing the materials to form into one-of-a-kind pieces during the forging process. Heavy surface textures, especially hammer marks, patinas, and file marks are important elements that demonstrate his individual maker's mark. The resulting pieces have their own identity, and celebrate that fact that they are handmade.

Josh is heavily influenced by the American Craftsman and Art Nouveau movements of the late-1800s to early 1930s.

He earned Bachelor's Degrees in metals & glass blowing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (with cum laude honors) in 2006, with a minor in Art History.

Media "Pipefitter Turned Artist." Local News. WSIL. December 26, 2014. Television and On-line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlvv2tBUGBw&feature=youtu.be

"Expressions: Josh Gates." Local Television Series. WSIU-TV. April 2, 2015. Television and On-line. http://watch.wsiu.org/video/2365455880/

Find Artwork by Uruz Metals At These Locations

    Please see About Page for updated locations & schedules: http://www.uruzmetals.com/about.html


    In Person (NOLA)

    Palace Market, 619 Frenchmen St

    Art Garden & Floating Gallery, 613 Frenchmen St

    ... and various pop-ups!


    In Stores (NOLA)

    NOLA Rock Co., 1214 Decatur St

    Second Line Arts and Antiques, 1209 Decatur St

    Zèle, 2841 Magazine St


    In Stores (elsewhere)

    Visions Art Gallery, 520 Makanda Rd # 1, Makanda, Illinois

Copper + Silver Stamen Earrings with Ammonia Vapor Patina
Copper + Silver Stamen Earrings with Ammonia Vapor Patina

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/547678830

These unique earrings feature ammonia vapor patina, which creates a rich blue color.

• Copper is a soft and malleable metal. Its freshly exposed surface appears reddish-orange and oxidizes to a rich green untreated. Copper was used by some of the oldest known civilizations (c. 9000 BC).

• A durable clear coating is added to protect the natural beauty of the copper and patina.

• The unique shape of the earrings draws inspiration from the stamen of flowers.

• Each earring is paired for shape, texture, and color.

• Sterling silver ear wires and components.


earring color(s): copper, silver, teal, green, blue

drop length: approximately 2 3/8”

earring length: approximately 2”

earring width: approximately 3/8"

Copper + Silver Stamen Necklace with Green Patina
Copper + Silver Stamen Necklace with Green Patina

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/555692449

This unique necklace features green patina, which creates a rich green-blue color.

• Copper is a soft and malleable metal. Its freshly exposed surface appears reddish-orange and oxidizes to a rich green untreated. Copper was used by some of the oldest known civilizations (c. 9000 BC). • A durable clear coating is added to protect the natural beauty of the copper and patina.

• The unique shape of the pendant draws inspiration from the stamen of flowers.

• Pendant is hung on an Italian 18” silver foxtail chain antiqued with a non-toxic patina.

• 20” and 24” chain lengths are available as well.

• Pendant has been sealed with a durable clear coat to protect the metal finish.


pendant color(s): copper, silver, teal, aqua green, blue

pendant length: approximately 3 1/4”

pendant width: approximately 5/16”

chain length: 18"

Steel Viking Arm Ring with Sterling Silver Runic Inlay
Steel Viking Arm Ring with Sterling Silver Runic Inlay

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/495711220

Mild Steel Viking Arm Ring with silver runic inlays hand forged by Uruz Metals.

• Fully customized item!

• This unique arm ring is created with a 1/4" (0.635cm) square stock mild steel in a reverse twist pattern and features tapered ends in tight scrolls.

• A sterling silver piece is inserted into the scroll work.

• Up to four (4) runes of your choice may be stamped into the silver (photographed piece features: Tiwaz, Thurisaz, Othala, and Ansuz).

Steel Viking Arm Ring
Steel Viking Arm Ring

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/495709708

Mild steel Viking arm ring hand forged by Uruz Metals.

• This unique arm ring is created with a 1/4" (0.635cm) square stock mild steel in a reverse twist pattern and features tapered ends in tight scrolls.

• The arm ring has been sealed with oil quenching to protect the metal finish.

Bronzed Norse Troll Cross Necklace
Bronzed Norse Troll Cross Necklace

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/502610156

Mild steel troll cross ('trollkors') with bronzed scrolls hand forged by Uruz Metals.

• The troll cross is an amulet made of a circle of iron crossed at the bottom, historically nailed above barn doors by Scandanavian peoples to keep trolls away from the cattle. The cross is made of iron, as trolls were thought to have an aversion to the metal. It was later worn as a charm worn for protection against trolls and elves.

• This unique troll cross is created with a 1/4" (0.635cm) square stock mild steel in a reverse twist pattern and features tapered ends in tight scrolls, which have been bronzed.

• The troll cross has been sealed with oil quenching to protect the metal finish.

• The pendant is hung on a dark brown leather cord, finished with copper spiral details and a hand-forged steel hook clasp.

• Leather cord length can be customized (shown in 24" / 60.96cm length).


pendant length: approximately 2 1/2" (6.35cm)

pendant width: approximately 1 1/2" (3.81cm)

Steel Norse Troll Cross Necklace
Steel Norse Troll Cross Necklace

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/516131357

Mild steel troll cross ('trollkors') hand forged by Uruz Metals.

• The troll cross is an amulet made of a circle of iron crossed at the bottom, historically nailed above barn doors by Scandanavian peoples to keep trolls away from the cattle. The cross is made of iron, as trolls were thought to have an aversion to the metal. It was later worn as a charm worn for protection against trolls and elves.

• This unique troll cross is created with a 1/4" (0.635cm) square stock mild steel in a reverse twist pattern and features tapered ends in tight scrolls.

• A bronzed version is available here: www.etsy.com/listing/502610156

• The troll cross has been sealed with oil quenching to protect the metal finish.

• The pendant is hung on a dark brown leather cord, finished with copper spiral details and a hand-forged steel hook clasp.

• Leather cord length can be customized (shown in 24" / 60.96cm length).


pendant length: approximately 2 1/2" (6.35cm)

pendant width: approximately 1 1/2" (3.81cm)

Viking Sterling Silver Ring
Viking Sterling Silver Ring

Order Online: www.etsy.com/listing/520217298

Sterling Silver Ring hand forged by Uruz Metals.

• 14ga sterling silver • This unique ring is inspired by Scandanavian knot work and the shape of the troll cross (aka, 'trollkors'). The ring is hand forged in sterling silver and antiqued with a non-toxic patina. • Rings have been sealed with a durable clear coat to protect the metal finish.


ring color(s): antiqued sterling silver