Make-a-Tile @ MotawiMake-a-Tile Workshop

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2011


Motawi Tileworks
170 Enterprise Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Ages 12+ only


Limited to 30 participants





In conjunction with the current Motawi Tileworks exhibition at the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Tileworks and the Museum are collaborating to offer a rare opportunity for both budding artists and those seeking a unique immersive cultural experience.

From 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Ann Arbor-based Tileworks, participants will create a ceramic tile of their own design. Four weeks later, those tiles go on display as part of the Motawi exhibition, which runs through June 12, 2011 in the Lower Level Gallery at the Dearborn museum.

Workshop registration, $35, includes:

  • Guided tour of the Motawi studio led by founder Nawal Motawi
  • Professional tile-making instruction
  • Create one (1) 4”x4” tile
  • Display of participants’ finished tiles in the Motawi Tile exhibition at the Arab American National Museum through June 12, 2011
  • Two (2) free AANM admissions so participants may view their tiles in the gallery

Since 1992, the passionate artisans of Motawi Tileworks have hand crafted art tile in their Ann Arbor, Michigan studio. These distinctive tiles are known for their rich glazes and uniquely American designs inspired by nature, art and architecture. Founded by Egyptian American Nawal Motawi, the Tileworks has created a signature style that also pays homage to Arts & Crafts-era artists, designers and architects.

From December 9, 2010 through June 12, 2011, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) presents a retrospective of the collections, inspirations and techniques of this fascinating creative business. The exhibition showcases Motawi tile as both art and architectural décor, sheds light on the tile making process, and draws connections between contemporary work and the Arab World tradition of tile making. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a working fountain created by Motawi artisans especially for the AANM. Learn more about Motawi Tileworks at

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS