Free Open House

Sunday, October 13, 12 - 4 p.m.

 

Visit the National Historic Landmark in your backyard, The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms! For one day only, Sunday, October 13th, admission to the museum is totally free! From 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. the museum will suspend its usual tours for the day, instead inviting visitors to stroll Gustav Stickley’s historic 1911 log home at their own pace.

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Featuring a visit from special guest artisan Nawal Motawi, founder of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more than 27 years, Motawi Tileworks has been dedicated to making the world a better place by making beautiful things. Nawal will join us for a day of discussing ceramics, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

 

 

Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks in 1992. A University of Michigan art school graduate with a restless spirit and an interest in applied arts, Nawal moved to Detroit to learn tilemaking at Detroit’s storied Pewabic Pottery. She returned to Ann Arbor after just two years to begin making her own tiles in a garage studio and selling them from a stand she rented at the local farmers’ market.

 

Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. In 2011, she purchased her clay supplier, Rovin Ceramics moving it from Taylor, Michigan to Ann Arbor. Combined, the two companies employ more than 30 people.

 

Motawi tiles have been sold in the Ann Arbor Art Center for over twenty years. In 2014, Nawal brought her entire line of Motawi tiles to downtown Ann Arbor. Motawi Downtown opened in August, 2014 in the front part of the Ann Arbor Art Center.

 

Nawal is proud to be both a Michigan native and an Arab American. Nawal’s father, Kamal El Din Hussein Motawi is a first generation immigrant to the United States. In the early 1960s he came to Michigan State University to study food science. It was at MSU where he met Nawal’s mother, Karen Kitson. Together, they raised their family in Fremont, Michigan. Nawal has an impressive teen-aged son, Kitson Dong.

 

 

 


Craftsman Farms is the former estate of noted turn-of-the-century designer, Gustav Stickley. The heart of the estate is the family home, the Log House, restored to its 1911 – 1917 appearance.


Call 973.540.0311 for more information.

16 September 2019

 

 

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