Cooler Weather on the Horizona



Yes it is still hot in Arizona.  But it should be cooling down by the end of the month.  It’s been a fairly moist monsoon season and that makes it bareable to live in Tucson in the summer. 

So I am gearing up for more outdoor living.  And expect others are too.  We are already thinking about what we are planning to plant in our fall and winter gardens, which cool weather flowers to replace  the sun scorched ones on the patio and what else can be done to beautify the outdoors backyard.  We Tucsonians like to make it fun and colorful for entertaining or simple family dining outdoor.  That’s what I like about living in Tucson! 

I am already gearing up in more ways than one.  All summer long I have been prodding along in my clay studio designing outdoor pieces that can be easily hung on a patio wall or free standing sculptures, like this one above called Barrio Garden 1   It’s so charming that the birds and butterflies love it!  It is a shadow box sculpted shape, (slab) built from high fire clay and decorated with high fire glazes.  It has been fired multiple times.  It has many  textures like a garden. I have applied metalic glaze to corregated fans that frame the headboard.  And yes, it is very shrine like with candles and an angel because I believe gardens are like sanctuaries. There are many details to this piece and one of them is the scripture referrence from our Lord and Savior, Isaiah 58:11.  I personalized it with addressing the viewer as “Beloved”.

 It can sit on a bookshelf or hang on a wall.  Let me know what you think.  The size is 12″ h x 9″ w x 2″ d.   

Published by robinchladdesigns

I have been doodling, coloring, drawing, cutting, sculpting, painting, sewing, writing and everything in between since I could hold a crayon in my hand. My first art projects were filling up a big, fat coloring book of bridal dresses. I boldly ventured into new territory with paint-by-number sets. I graduated to luxurious and decadent velvet (paint-by-number) sets. Eventually, I mastered the art of Spirogragh. Originally from upstate New York I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1986. Back then I was a single mom and found myself in the job market. I went to Pima Community College for training. Instead of diving into my academics I kept hanging around the pottery studio. Some people lived there and if I didn’t have two little girls at home I would have ended up living there as well. Joking aside, I fell in love with clay and all its possibilities. Being in a position to care for my kids, in 1989 I created a very marketable, creative, and functional item. It was a simple concept that took me into new heights of the craft world and I became an entrepreneur. Creating and selling became my passion. I had achieved success for many years. I loved being my own boss and living the artist’s dream. Life moved real fast and before I knew it my girls were all grown up, moving out, getting married and having kids of there own. Hey, wait a minute… I am a Gramma at 40? No sweat, I handled it gracefully. Fast forward to the present: I have been on a journey led by God. I took a sabbatical for the last 6 years learning new people skills in real estate, retail and care giving to the elderly. But my natural instincts kept leading me back to what my soul cannot deny. New visions, new risks, and a stronger faith has lead me to this point. Have I arrived? It’s like my life is all mapped out and a red arrow points to You Are Here! But the road keeps going and I have learned to listen to that still small voice. My days are filled with a little bit of art, a little bit of caring for my grandchildren, care giving to the elderly and volunteering at Sunday school. I am currently working on sculpting with clay in a tile mosaic setting, like my Seed Pod series or House of Fruit Trios. Some of my pieces are a mixture of individual 3-D tiles, shadow box shrines, and ornaments. The work that’s being created is inspirational, whimsical, and contemporary. Even though life can be very serious and intense I hope to achieve simply bringing joy or even a smile to someone’s face though my creations. I am also designing and developing my%2

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