Make a Canister or Vase class

Make a canister or Vase!

Pottery hand building class, beginning Thursday, April 5th from 5-8.  thru April 19th.

Join me at the Blue Raven Art School for a fun class in pottery.  I will teach you to make a functional container with a lid or a simple vase for utensils or flowers.

Learn how to work with clay slab, hand build miniature critters, glaze techniques and surface decoration.

No experience required.  A fun class with no pressure.

Everything is included, clay, glazes, tools, firing for one low price, $155.00

Email me to reserve your space.  Groups of 6 or more receive discounts rates.


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Red Bird Canister

BO canister

Paisley Canister


Rabbit Canisters

daisy vase

Daisy Vase


New Attitude!

This year has started off very different from the last 4 years.

We are now 3 months into the year.  This is about the time we first measure how the year is going so far.   I’m not sure you will believe me or that I will bore you with my faith beliefs but here goes.

Goal #1. To be bold in my faith!

In the spring of 2017 I had such a difficult season working in my own strength. (My own strength? you ask,)  ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  Philippians, 4:13.

Yes, in my own strength. I try to do everything myself and I try not to bother people or ask for help if I can help it.  Why?  That’s for another posting.

According to the bible we are not meant to be an island unto ourselves but to help, encourage, care for others, commune and fellowship with others.  The problem with being  creative, most artists spend a lot of time alone painting, creating, making.  Always in our own world.

Okay, back to Spring of 2017, I was exhausted, achy, and always in pain while setting up and taking down shows.  My last street fair of that season was my very last street fair….forever!  I made a decision that street fairs are not my audience.

But what I did after that show was have a conversation.    I mean I talked with God, which I tend to do throughout my day.    I told him, somewhat insistently, that I could not go on doing it the way I have been doing life and he had to help me.  I was done fretting about making art, making money, or my future as an artist.  Did he answer me?  Not audibly but he did provide for me.  Yes! Confirmation! And I kept my promise to not fret but trust in Jesus.  All   Year    Long!

Surprisingly, looking back,  I had a good 2017.   PTL!

Goal #2.  Be more social

I have been voted in as Vice President of Southern Arizona Clay Artists.  A fine group of potters and ceramic artists.  We will be having more show opportunities in the coming years in our community.  I like doing that.  This gets me out serving the community.

So this year I am not grasping at life but I continue to reach out, asking for help, helping others and always seeking God’s wisdom.   And it’s pretty cool.

Goal # 3.  Make amazing art that inspires others!

New Work

The spring season is always fun for me because my design focus is on home and garden decor in larger works from Wall mosaics, murals to tiled benches.

Pomegranate 12 inch mirror Robin Chlad

Pomegranate Garden,  12″ square mosaic mirror

This Pomegranate Garden Mirror is for indoor or outdoor use.  Handmade tile with rabbits, javelina, butterflies, hummingbirds, and sculpted 3-D pomegranates.


Daily Bread Angel, 24″ x 18″ Wall Piece

The Daily Bread Angel is a combination of Sculpted shadow box and mosaic.  The angel brings the gift for each day.  Daily bread.  An inspirational piece, this angel is to serve, offering communion in a garden.

In high relief, the angel unexpectedly parts the foliage with glowing droplets of amber, serving bread and wine in a challis.  Currently available.

Tuxedo Cat in a Window Welcome Wall Plaque.

Whimsical, cheerful and full of color, this mosaic is a charmer for a cat lover.

The center sculpted tile, flower pots, lettering and overhead light are all high relief, hand built ceramic.  Currently available.


Desert Garden Bench,  48″ long x 18″ deep x 1″ high

I would absolutely love to have a garden like this but I have a tiny back yard with mostly potted plants and a grouting zone.   I can always go to my nearest botanical places in town to enjoy a cactus garden without the upkeep, like Tohono Chul or Tucson Botanical Gardens.

This is handmade tile on a concrete bench. Desert cactus garden with birds, flowers, butterflies and jackrabbit.  Many details to this bench with agave cactus, prickly pear cactus, cholla cactus, saguaros, aloes, flowers, hummingbird.  Let me know if you would like to custom order a bench. Sold!


Blue Agave Bench, 48″ x 18″ x 15″

The Blue Agave Bench is kind of an art deco style.  I love how the colors turned out.  It reminds me of a peacock.  The abstract flowers compliment the many shade of teal blues and greens.  If you want to see this one in person stop by Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery.


Hummingbird  Garden Welcome Plaque, 12 ” square

This mosaic welcome plaque is a playful, bright and cheery sign that can compliment any door or entry way.  A garden theme with cholla and blue birds, blooming barrel cactus, flowering saguaro…the shadow box shows 2 hummers on a flowering Aloe. The colors are spectacular.   Currently available.

Please email be if you are interested in any thing I post here.  I am happy to do a custom piece for your.


It’s Whimsical. It’s Weird. It’s Cool!

Happy October Everyone.

My favorite time of year.   Cooler days and cooler nights, right?  Not so fast!   It’s going to be close to 100 degrees this week.  But that does not discourage me.  I still enjoy creating things with an autumn color pallet as well as playing with my usual whimsical colors for the celebration of a “cool” holiday known as Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.

The holiday itself derives from Mexico to honor the deceased ancestors.  The people of Mexico pay homage to relatives passed by creating altars with sugar skulls, sweet bread, bunches and bunches of marigolds, calle lilies and photos of the loved ones. Some Mexican villages celebrate in the streets or in the grave yards.

Here in Tucson, there is a huge parade downtown that gives everyone license to create wild floats, over sized puppets and paint skeleton faces on themselves. It’s a family event held at the end of October.   It’s whimsical, it’s weird, it’s cool!

In the years past I have created some fun tile mosaic wall pieces.  Here are a few archived pieces:


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The following is a selection of current work available on my Etsy site.

Sugar Skull Heart Ornaments for wall decor

Shadow boxes with fall colors


Katrina Skeleton spreading roses in the water

A canvas painting I was playing around with.  My daughter nabbed it off my wall the other day.  She loves anything Katrina!

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Katrina in a Boat Acrylic on Canvas


My next show will be at the Chris Bubany Artisan’s Market at Harlow Gardens November 4th & 5th, Saturday and Sunday!  Sign up below if you would like to be on my mailing list for upcoming art shows.

2 Art Events this Week!

You are invited to either or both art events happening this week.

Event #1:  Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery 

Thursday’s Art Walk, Sept. 14, 4–7 p.m.

I will have new work!

javalina shadow box

Javalina Feast, Ceramic Shadow Box

Armadillo S B

Armadillo Field of Flowers, Ceramic Shadow Box

phainopepla on bird of paradise

Phainopepla on Mexican Bird of Paradise, Ceramic Shadow box

Event #2:

SAAG Gallery

Friday evening, September 15, from 5-8 p.m.

I will be featured along side Susan Allen and Becky Zimmerman, two very talented artists.

You can be sure I will have a variety of gift items to choose from.

leaf platter set

Contemporary Leaf Platter and Plates


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Don’t forget to visit Tohono Chul’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit currently up until November 5th!

Chlad, Robin, Sugar Skull Trio, Mosaic tile, 3-d wall piece, 8 inches x 20 inches, 415.00

Trio Sugar Skulls Mosaic, 20″ x 8″ wall piece


In the Midst of Monsoons

Well, we are finally having gorgeous down pours on a daily basis here in Tucson.  I’m loving it.  But man, did we suffer through some hell -type temps to get to this point.

My tomatoes are loving the rain too.  However, the cantaloupe is a wash.  Not one fruit.  And I have decided it’s not the heat that affected them.  Melons love heat!  I believe it’s the lack of bees for pollination.  The past three years I have noticed less and less bees.  And I am sad about that.  So I got to thinking about raising bees in my back yard.  My sister and her husband do this in Denver.  They are kinda new at it but they are pretty excited.  And now I’m thinking of doing the same.  It would be a commitment for sure  but I really want to make my environment Bee friendly.   I have to do more research so I will let your know more about that on another day.

So, lots of news to announce.  I am in three new galleries this summer!  I decided to make a practical business move by cutting back on craft shows and place more of my work in galleries and shops.  I will still participate in the best shows in Tucson:  The Chris Bubany Artisan Market at Harlow Gardens and Tucson Museum of Art Holiday Artisans Market, both in November and in March.

Here are the three places that my work is in:

SAAG GALLERY   at  Casas Adobes Plaza, I have a mix of pottery bowls, vases and shadow boxes.

Berry Colander with drip plate

Poppy Berry Colander with drip plate set


SAAG Gallery will feature their artists at the Outlook Restaurant,  Oro Valley, August 6th from 11-4 pm.  And I will be there as well.  I hope to see you there.



Jane Hamilton Gallery  carries my luminaries, tiled mosaic benches and shadow boxes.

Terracotta Kachina Votive holders

Deer Luminarie/ Votive holder

Work in progress!


Harlow Garden   carries my outdoor mosaics.

Glory Mosaic with 3-D tile door way and over head light.

My Etsy has a variety of gifts and wall art for any one who loves art.  This site is perfect for those who like to send gifts to loved ones  but don’t want to hassle with shipping.   We do it for you!

Stay tuned because I will have another gift shop featuring my work in the fall, Hacienda del Sol.

You can always find my work at Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens and Tucson Museum of Art.

Speaking of Tohono Chul, my  fun tribute to Dia de los Muertos has just been accepted for their annual homage to this holiday celebrated through out Mexico and the southwest. .                                  Opening reception is Thursday, August 24th from 5:30- 8:00 pm.

Trio 3-D Sugar Skulls Mosaic tile


Outdoor Art

The past several weeks I have produced larger work for indoors or outdoors.  This bench is titled:


Handmade tile on a concrete bench

38″ long by 14″ wide by 15″ high

with a 3 ” thick top reinforced with rebar

Currently at Harlow Gardens, Tucson, AZ

 I will be at the Moonlight Art Market

at Harlow Gardens

this Saturday, April 22 from 6:00 to 8:30.

This invitational event will have several other artists, live music and refreshments

Come join the fun.

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Handmade tile placed in an arched wrought iron frame

Many details in this project from quails and their chicks and unhatched eggs to butterflies, tree of life, pomegranates, flowers,hummingbirds and cactus to carved border tile.

This exquisite wall art can be hung indoor or outdoor, above a mantle or doorway.

32″ wide by 17″ high, ready to hang.

Click here to purchase


Here is an unusual art piece that is inspirational, somewhat religious.

It’s a tile mosaic mixed with sculptural angels in boats.  The boats frame the angels like a retablo.

Each angel/ spirit holds a momento in their hands.  The first on the left holds an olive branch, an offer of reconciliation.  The middle one holds a sacred heart, the heart of Christ.  The Angel to the right holds a pomegranate,  offering fruitfulness, prosperity and generosity.

Surrounding the boats are cloud-like mosaic tiles, birds, stars and wings.

At the very bottom of the rectangle wrought iron frame are the words:

“You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

drawn from the book of Psalms

16″ h by 25″ w by 2.5″ thick, ready to hang indoor/ outdoor

Click here to purchase


This piece is a whimsical door with over head light image in a garden.

Lots of flowers, birds, a rabbit and cactus.

12″ square wall hanging set into a wrought iron frame, ready to hang.

Not yet posted on my Etsy site until after Moonlight Art Market

But if you would like to purchase direct, please contact me.




Tile Garden Bench, Welcome and Install

Years ago I made tile and mosaic benches on a concrete base and wrought iron tables.

It was fun and challenging but I look back at them and think ‘Geez, Robin.. (I could have used more tile). ‘  Back then I liked less tile and more grout because of the cool purple, black cherry and mauve colored grout that was available.  You can actually sculpt with grout.   But  I love the effect grout has on a mosaic design.  Just when you think it looks too busy the grout calms everything  down.

You can never have too much tile when designing a wall piece or a bench.  I always tell my students, make triple what you  think you need.

So I have learned over the years to make it interesting, trust, tweak, pay attention to common details and make ordinary items interesting and sometimes adorable



Jack Rabbit Welcome sign.

3-D ceramic shadow box with sculpted rabbit and cactus, handmade mosaic tile, 12  square in a wrought iron frame.


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Here is a concrete bench with mosaic tile application.

I call this “Agave Garden”

32″ l  x 15″w x 17″ h.  A beautiful mosaic tiled bench for the garden.  Reinforced with rebar with concrete legs.  It comes in 3 pieces.    This bench is available at Jane Hamilton Gallery in Tucson, AZ.  Seats 1 but can be ordered in larger sizes.





Did you know I love designing and making custom pieces to beautify homes and gardens?

If you have a favorite image you would like to see transformed onto a bench or a wall piece I would love the opportunity to make your wishes come true.

Here is a snap shot of  a hand painted tile mural that an Etsy follower purchased on my Etsy site and installed it to her home make over.  I think it turned out amazing.










The Gathering Season

The gathering season is upon us.

What better way to usher the fall season in by attending the Patagonia Fall Festival this weekend.  October 7-9.
That’s right. The beautiful and quaint western town of Patagonia is practically right in our back yards…only 1 hour away, One of my favorite places to visit and I will be participating in the Art show in the park.
There will be music and food and amazing art!  So hunt for those unique art pieces and gather your gifts for the up coming season.

I hope you can make it.

More Tucson shows coming in November and December!

With many new handmade ornament designs.

Here is a list of art shows I will be attending for the fall season.

Chris Bubany’s  Holiday  Market Place at Harlow Gardens,  5620 E Pima st, November 5 & 6.


Marigold Heart Ornament

Tucson Museum of Art Artisans Market, Downtown, November 18-20


Cow Skull Heart Ornament

Tohono Chul Park Holiday Lights, 7366 Paseo Del Norte,  December 2 & 3 and 16 & 17


Antler Heart Ornament

4th Avenue Winter Street Fair, 4th Avenue, December 9-11


Fiesta Flower Heart Ornament




Mosaic Mural; Corrales, New Mexico Style


Kitchen Mosaic Back splash


A finished mosaic back splash is a perfect touch to a custom home, Corrales, New Mexico style.  Incorporating handmade tiles of barrel cactus, flowering Yucca, flowering agave, and flowering aloe, along with a Jack Rabbit, butterflies, purple cactus, a family of quail,gecko, hummingbirds, and the sun peaking through the clouds.

The project took two days to install.  The owners were so gracious to me as well as their 6 well behaved cats.  Since I never got around to Go Pro-ing the installation,  here are some still shots of the process.
















My travels back home with monsoons all around  me was such a treat to watch all the way.


Dramatic!  Columns of Rain.


Hatch, New Mexico where I stopped to pick up a yellow watermelon and Hatch wine!

Chili fields.




My New Mexico Trip

My trip  to Corrales, New Mexico is fast approaching. I have been hired to install a tile mural in a residence.  The tile is pretty much completed…fired and laid out.

Even though it’s a fairly small size mural, only 48″ x 24″ tall, the challenge is getting it to fit in an intermittent concave niche, sight unseen.  That means allowing for slight design changes.  I am positive it will all work out beautifully.

This is the basic tile layout with an aloe garden and hummers, flowering fence post cactus and blooming yuccas and blackbirds.  This is all handmade tile, glazed and kiln high fired.






It is going to take me about 8 hours to drive up to Corrales.  So I decided to break up the drive by participating in a  pottery craft show along the way. The Clay Festival in Silver Springs, New Mexico.

I have heard about this show… I’m pulling out my tie dye and Birkenstocks! And splash on some essential oils for a stress free day!

There will be gallery shows and workshops  along with the Craft show.  Strictly clay of coarse.


Welcome Mosaic with 3-d door tile

Featured Piece:                  Welcome Mosaic wall hanging


Arroyo Garden Mural