A New Direction- 4 Tucson

Wrapped clay vases for flowers or made to fit a pump soap dispenser
Wrapped clay vases

My new direction is that I am now leading an arts support group through an organization called 4Tucson.  I mentioned 4Tucson in one of my blogs a few months back. But to refresh your memory,  4 Tucson is a grass roots, Christian organization with the focus on making Tucson a great city to live in, to do business in and to be a fabulous destination for the whole family.  A few ways we are accomplishing that is to pray for Tucson corporately and individually and to bring awareness to everyone that Tucson can be a place to raise families, work, worship, retire, and create a full and rewarding life.

How we go about doing this is meeting with others through churches of various denominations, making a point to let our differences drop away and work collectively for the common good of the city. It takes dedication but doesn’t that sound exciting?

The basic concept of 4 Tucson is divided into 12 domains.
Church, Education, Environment, Government, Healthcare, Justice, Media & Arts, Philanthropy, Prayer, Social Services.

Let’s face it, Tucson needs a lot of prayer!
Tucson is a very unique place on earth. There is no other place like it. Of course we want to preserve it but also we want to see it as a thriving town. This little city could use God’s blessings. We have been hit hard by the dip in the economy and the recession. I believe we must take matters into our own hands by petitioning to God and bringing people together, (preferably over food of course), praying over buildings, schools, malls, shops and neighborhoods.

Click the link to find out more:  www.4Tucson.com

This is an invitation to all of you who care about Tucson and want to get involved. Find out what your gift is within these 12 domains and see how you can contribute. Isn’t it exciting to be apart of something bigger than yourself?

Well, guess which domain I chose to be involved with?  Media and Arts, of course, because that is my gift.  This is where I come in.  The group I am leading has been formed to encourage artists to use their talents and creativity to spread the gospel.  It’s our platform.  God has given us a gift and it’s up to us to seek God’s council and begin to transform peoples perception (especially in the church) of how we can use our talents to further his kingdom.

We are not seeking Christians who just make “Christian  art” but rather, artist that are inspired by the Holy Spirit.  If that intrigues you but you don’t know where to begin then we welcome you.

I will be blogging more about this new direction as it develops.
I heard some sad news today.  A downtown presidio gallery has closed its doors. It’s a gallery that represented me.  I feel sad that this mom and pop business of 20 years or so has been forced to call it quits.  I refuse to be discouraged but rather see it as an opportunity to be called.

I believe God cares about artists, creative types and their venues for showing and selling their work. He cares for our livelihood, he cares about what we care about. And so I invite you to think about it, pray about it and comment if you would like. I would love to hear your ideas or words of encouragement.

The 4 Tucson Media & Arts domain is looking for other Christian artists to join us for our next meeting June 27 at the Woods Library at 10 a.m. Drop me a note if you would like to attend.  We will be discussing plans for a traveling art show!

God Bless Tucson!


Here are a few new items I have created this year.  Above are “wrapped ” clay vases to put flowers in, for the bath or kitchen sink,  they are made to fit a pump soap holder.  I confess the soap holder is not my original idea but I thought they were such a great way to dress up plastic soap pumps I had to create my own special design.

Below are ” inspirational” ornaments that make great gifts.

Blue birds in a  ceramic pomegranate ornament
Blue birds in a ceramic pomegranate ornament
Ceramic "pinch Pot" Pomegranate Ornament
Ceramic “pinch Pot” Pomegranate Ornament
Ceramic "pinch pot" Pomegranate Ornament with quail
Ceramic “pinch pot” Pomegranate Ornament with quail

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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