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

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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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  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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