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Motawi Tileworks

Lisa Barry

There are nearly 700 peony plants inside the Nichols Arboretum, part of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens next to the University Medical Center.  The garden opened to the public over 90 years ago, but visitors have been discouraged to visit this year to observe social distancing advisories in light of the current global health crisis we're experiencing.  But there is one way to connect with the garden through a newly-published book about it called "Passion for Peonies."  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the creators of the book, garden curator David Michener and the director of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, Bob Grese.


Nawal Motawi
Motawi Tileworks / motawi.com

As the owner and artistic director of Motawi Tileworks, Nawal Motawi has been playing with clay and fire for decades.  To this day, Motawi art tiles are still handcrafted.  Hear how she started her business in her garage and sold her tiles at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and now sells in more than 300 locations across the country and Canada when Nawal joins David Fair and Deb Polich on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."


Celebrate WEMU's 50th anniversary in style with this gorgeous commemorative tile - yours for a contribution of only $50.

Crafted by Ann Arbor's Motawi Tile Works, and designed by local graphic artist, Guillermo Flores, this distinctive tile is a unique reminder of WEMU's service to the community, bringing you the best of NPR, local news, jazz, and blues for 50 years.

We only have 150 of these so don't delay -- make your $50 gift today for this piece of WEMU history.