Distinctive American tiles set for display at Taubman Center

December 14, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Tiles like this one will soon be on display at Michigan Medicine.

Motawi Tileworks was started in Ann Arbor 25 years ago by Nawal Motawi in a small garage.

Today, Motawi tiles are sold in more than 300 locations nationwide, including galleries and shops in the Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Tiles are made from a porcelain hybrid clay, a recipe unique to Motawi tiles. The raised lines on each tile require a hand glaze technique to pool the glaze between the lines.

Motawi Tileworks has many themed collections, some based on the work of fine artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper. You can see 17 permanent Motawi art tile murals throughout Michigan Medicine, along with a special collection at Taubman Center. Check out the special exhibition beginning next week:

Where: Gifts of Art Gallery — Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1

When: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily from Dec. 18 through March 11, 2018

Website: http://www.med.umich.edu/goa/exhibits.htm#motawi