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!

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Javalina Feast, Ceramic Shadow Box

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Armadillo Field of Flowers, Ceramic Shadow Box

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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.

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Contemporary Leaf Platter and Plates


Check out our sponsors….Yummy-ness!

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.

Click any photo to enlarge.


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…..so 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

Pre Mothers Day Open Studio Sale

Robin Chlad Designs 


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Agave Pottery Line                                                                     “wrap”  vases, tumblers, pitchers


Hi Folks,

I am holding a end of season Open Studio Sale.  April 23  from 9-1.  This is a private sale so you will have to contact me and  I can give you directions to my studio. robin.chlad@gmail.com  Or 5208828099 .  txt me.

I will also be collecting art supplies or money for the Gospel Rescue Mission Women and Children’s Center.  I volunteer/teach art classes once a month and we are always needing supplies.  The ladies really appreciate anything you can do.  You may remember last year we made Card books for Mother’s day.  It was awesome.

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I will have  sale 20% off, selected items 80% off and I will have a free box too.

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Agave Tiled Arch Mural Wall Hanging Handmade Tile, grout, wrought iron frame


Teal, Window to my Heart, “Joy” Ornament


Welcome Mosaic with 3-d door tile

Welcome Mosaic with Sculpted Door Tile and Overhead Light


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Oversized Ceramic spoon, wall hanging but also functional.

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Arroyo Garden Murals

Last week was the completion of the tiled murals I was hired to make and install.  This is my first commercial job and it actually went pretty smoothly.  No different than installing for homes.  Well… maybe a little different.  It’s  a mans world in a construction zone.  Being one of the 3 women…everyone was very respectful and helpful.

As promised, I told you I would post pics of the project.  I didn’t have a Go-Pro.  I wish I could’ve had one but maybe the next project, which is coming up this summer.

I decided to have professional pictures done of this project in a few weeks. But here are some snap shots from my Iphone.  As you can see it is similar to the design of the mural I installed in Rocky Point, Mexico.  But A G  murals are totally flat whereas the Mexico mural has 3 dimensional birds, flowers and rabbits.  

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You may see these murals and other art work at Arroyo Gardens Assisted Living in Green Valley, AZ.  They are having a Grand Opening May 12  11-2.    I am impressed with the place.  They really went overboard with local art and pottery galore.

I  also want to thank Sharon Hass, Interior Designer, who gave me the opportunity to be a part of this project.  She did  a fantastic job filling the facility with art, light, joy and life!


Arroyo Gardens Tiled Mosaic Mural 1 & 2. Located in Green Valley at Arroyo Gardens Assisted Living

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Arroyo Gardens Mural 7′ long by 24″ tall


Arroyo Gardens Tiled Mosaic Mural Cactus, quails, gecko, butterfly and hummers, lush succulents and wildflowers.


Arroyo Gardens Tiled Mosaic Mural Jack Rabbits, Santa Rita Purple Prickly Pear cactus, Agave, dragonfly, blooming cactus


So my next project is my daughter’s home.  I am going to document that from beginning to end with sketches and the whole process.  I may even be brave enough to video me….eeeek.

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Lead by the Spirit

Many things inspire me, all day long.

Here are a few Shadow Box  sculptures that were inspired by gardening, bird watching and nature with a bit of  whimsy.

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Hummer with Wild Flower Ceramic Shadow Box


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Dove on a Flowering Saguaro Cactus Ceramic Shadow Box


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Cactus Wren and Cactus Shadow box


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Pomegranate with Verdin Shadow Box


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Cardinal with Figs Shadow Box




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Adoring Peacock with Flower Vase Shadow Box


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Red Bird and Rabbit Shadow Box