Robin Chlad (pronounced sha-lad) has been an artist all her life with a focus on ceramics in all forms.  Originally from upstate New York she has lived in Tucson since 1986,  attended Pima Community College  in 1987 and started her ceramic design business in 1989 called, Art & Clay Designs.  She started out in the wholesale sector with a product that catapulted her into the artist’s lifestyle.  As she developed a flair for marketable clay products she began to fill custom orders for mosaics and sculpted pieces.  Much of her work is referred to as contemporary folk art with a leaning toward southwest.  Her work is playful, bright, bold and well executed.  One can see the quality and craftsmanship she puts into each one of  her art pieces.  Her work relays a connection to nature with spiritual and whimsical themes as seen in her Fish Tea Pot sets (with those adorably huge lips) ,Casa De Frutas ( House of Fruit) Mosaic wall hangings and Tea with a Frog wall tray. 

Robin is currently working part-time with the elderly with disabilities and her 4-year-old grandson who lives with a severe brain disorder.  You can follow his progress on her daughter’s blog at www.christiansjourney.com 

Christian is one of Robin’s 6 grandchildren in which she delights in. 

 She likes to bring creative projects to her patients and encourages participation.  She combines her talents and experience with her teaching skills and has had great success.   She has also vulenteered with the Pima County Juvinile After School Probation Program for troubled boys encouraging thier creative spirits.   Robin teaches pottery classes and participates in local Tucson art shows.    You can see her recent work at  Tucson Museum of Art Gift Shop and Tucson Botanical Garden Gift Shop and  Mas Y Mas in Tubac, Arizona.

Vail Installation 2003


  1. Hi Robin, I really had a great time at your class last night !! Thanks so much…I know I talked to you about the Duncan glazes for the poppy flower…but could you please tell me the other colors I will need for the flower…and some of the color options for the shadow box itself…I love your glaze technique/combos…Thanks again, enjoyed your website…Lenore Soper


    1. Thank you Lenore, The other glazes You will need for the box is Light Heather and Bright Ginger for the rim of the box and the outside. The fringe is Dark Grape. The center of the poppy is Chartruese for the top and Bright Delft below. They are all Concepts.


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