Spring has Sprung!

Here in Tucson, we are in our spring..right now.  But don’t blink….for the 90 temps will be here shortly.  I have been loving the weather and trying to be out doors as much as possible.

Either in my backyard gardening, smelling flowers, admiring the hummers and bees or hiking up in our mountains,  I love it all.

Sunday’s hike up Pima Canyon:

 

 

My mosaic workshops and clay classes are in full swing now and the art shows are winding down.  I have a few more shows in April and a possible open studio in May.  I’m still deciding the date for that. Regardless, I plan to hold a sale for my birthday month, May.  Keep an eye out for that.

Here is a picture of the March 23rd class.

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I would say they are pretty happy with their project.  Everyone completes the workshop with a sense of joy and achievement.   My April 27th class has already filled up.  The next class will be May 25th and June 22.   Click here to reserve your seat.

I will also be giving a talk at Blue Raven Art School on Friday, April 5th on my upcoming Small Sculpture Tile Class, 4 week series.  It is free to the public.  If you would like to know more before signing up come along.  I will be demonstrating and taking questions.

Here is a picture of the bottom of my kiln, as I was unloading the morning of the class.  Pretty cute cat faces.

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Art in the Garden

This show is not to be missed.  I will be attending on the 13th and 14th of April.  What’s unique about this show is it is held at a residence on the northwest side of town.  1510 W Avocado St., Tucson, AZ.  From 10-4.  All the artists are required to bring a dish or two for the two days.  There is a team of food handlers who spread out the food for the customers and the artists all. day. long!  There will be entertainment and probably beautiful weather in a beautiful garden setting.  I can’t wait.  You are officially invited too.

Moonlight Art Market

Don’t forget to  join me and other artists for this lovely event at Harlow Gardens annual invitational art sale, April 27th from 6-8:30 pm. This is always a nice event to come to, set in the evening hours, with yummy refreshments in a beautiful setting.

 

New Work:

Here are a few new tile ornaments for gifts or use them in your next mosaic design.

Click here to view more and to purchase.

 

 

 

Drenched in Pollen, Apache Maiden, Mosaic Wall Hanging.  Go here for more viewing.

 

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So, let me know what you think, I always welcome comments or questions.

 

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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