New Work in the Old Pueblo

So it’s February.  January flew by.  I feel I was only present for half of January because what ever was going around… name it, I caught it!  I am glad to see January ’16 leave. And good riddance.

Meanwhile, I have been busy with new designs for an up coming tile mosaic job I have been hired to create.  It’s always exciting to have a new challenge, a reprieve from the daily bread and butter.

I will give you a sneak preview…..based on the mural I designed and created for a Rocky Point, Mexico sea side residence over the summer/ 2015.  I apologize for the lousy photos.  The whole image was difficult to capture the perspective in the area it was installed.   A stair well.



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Cactus Garden mural 6 ft. x 2 ft. total 
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Cactus Garden tile mural


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Rocky Point Desert Landscape tile mural


The Saguaro flowers, Aloe plant and birds are low relief.  The mural is contour grouted.

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Cactus Garden tile mural

This is phase 1 of the project.  There are  more tiles to be placed above: sky/ soaring birds/ clouds/ sun and rays.

Once phase 2 is installed I will post more pics.

Installation for the new mural will be in April, if all goes well.



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

2 thoughts on “New Work in the Old Pueblo

  1. The mural is beautiful Robin! It already looks gorgeous, adding sky and birds…. wow I can’t wait to see it when you are finished.

    We’re glad January is over too. It was a tough one. I hope and pray that the rest of 2016 is healthier and happier for all of us. Stay warm and healthy and happy.

    Big hug,


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