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 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) , House of Fruit Mosaic wall hangings and Tea with a Frog wall tray. 

She is currently working part-time with the elderly with disabilities and her 4-year-old grandson who lives with a severe brain disorder.  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 and she finds it very rewarding .  She 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.


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  2. Patricia Cowan

    Hello Robin:

    I met you this morning at the Philips Art Show and wanted to buy a piece but did not have my check book w/me. I am the woman who has commissioned work from both Carol Hegedus and Gail T. Roberts. If you go to Gail’s website and look for the fireplace and window surround, those are the pieces she did for me, plus I have a few others. I love tile. My next piece will be outdoors and in an alcove, so I would very much like to visit your studio when you are packed w/completed work. B/c this is in the front, I don’t want to overspend, as some one may decide to damage it. I must be able to secure it to my wall, as any 4×4 tiles are secured. …. So if you have a lot of left over work, I’d love to stop by and see it. If not, I’d like to stay in touch. Patricia Cowan, 3410 N Tanuri Dr, Tucson, AZ 85750


  3. Hi Robin,
    Thanks for following my blog! I can’t wait to see more of your amazing artistic flair in upcoming posts. 🙂


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