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. She attended Pima Community College in 1987 and started her ceramic design business in 1989 calling it Art & Clay Designs. She started out in the wholesale sector with a product that catapulted her into not only an artist but a business woman as well. As she developed a flair for marketable clay products she began to fill custom orders for fun functional pottery, tile mosaics, sculpture and unique ornaments.
Robin’s work is referred to as contemporary folk art with a leaning toward southwest. Her work is playful, bright, bold and well executed. Her collectors recognize the quality and craftsmanship she puts into each one of her art pieces. Her inspiration comes from God, nature, and the southwest culture in which she lives.
She combines her talents and experience to share with homeless women at the Gospel Rescue Mission. Volunteering there monthly, Robin, in her own way, gives respite to the ladies and finds it very rewarding.