Heart Art and February Happenings

We are about half way through January 2019.  Happy New Year Ya’ll!

I am relieved the holiday season is behind us, although a little sad because I love the Christmas season and the joyousness of it all.  But I  look forward to new projects the Lord has given to me for the new year.  Every now and then I am asked, “where do I get my inspirations and ideas from?”  It’s all from God!  He made me, he knows how I am and he puts ideas in my head.  I just go with it.   Every single person has special gifts they are born with.  It is up to them to discover what they are good at and develop it, the way God intended.

Ephesians 2:10 says we were ‘created in Christ Jesus for good works’.

That is my mantra for this year,  Not just good works through art but also good works by visiting a sick friend, being patient in traffic and serving those in need,  I intend to make more time for others, and make more time for fun, joy and happiness.

I am gearing up for a  “Heart themed”  Trunk Show at Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery.  I will be teamed up with jewelry artist, Alice Baily, February 2 & 3.   I will be selling everything hearts!

Broken Heart Mended Wall Piece


I have the honor of being one of the chosen female ceramic artists in a studio tour called “Women Who Talk With Clay” sponsored by Tohono Chul Park.  This studio tour will be February 20th.  I will be among some pretty classy clay ladies, namely, Andre Richmond, Wendy Timm, and Kathleen Greer. To register and for more details read here…

Gila Woodpecker on Bird Of Paradise, ceramic shadow box



February 23rd and 24th, catch more of my work as Southern Arizona Clay Artists and Tohono Chul team up to present Tucson’s best pottery only show and sale.  This is an annual outdoor event and it’s lovely.

Whimsical Cactus spoon rests and plates


Two more showings for February…. I will have 2 pieces in a show at the JCC, Jewish Community Center on River.  . Dates are January 25th – February 10.  And….

12″ Square Pomegranate Mirror with handmade mosaic tile

pomegranate 12 inch mirror robin chlad

You can also find me at the 2019 Book and Author event at Skyline Country Club, February 28 from 9-2:30

Poppy Bowls and Colander

poppy bowls robin chlad


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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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