Call Detail
Hot Fresh Glazed (Juried by Nawal Motawi)
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Michigan
Event Dates: 11/10/17 - 12/3/17
Entry Deadline: 10/25/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Functional Ceramics): $35.00

The Ann Arbor Art Center invites ceramic artists to submit their work to Hot Fresh Glazed, an exhibition of functional pottery. More than just a cup show, all functional designs are welcome! Submissions will be juried in two categories:  individual object (cup, mug, plate, bowl, etc.) or place-setting. Artists may submit up to three images per $35 fee. The images may represent any combination of objects and sets. Images representing a full place-setting should show all pieces of the set in a single image. Any images of single pieces will be considered individual objects.

Best in Show: $500, with two other “Best of” awards: $150 each

This is a “cash-and-carry” exhibition. Accepted artists may have the option to include multiples at the time of delivery in order for objects in the exhibit to be replaced as they sell.

The Ann Arbor Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI and welcomes thousands of holiday shoppers each season. This "cash-and-carry" exhibition was designed with both art collectors and holiday shoppers in mind.


Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks more than 20 years ago. 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 a few years and began making her own tiles in a garage studio and selling them from a stand she rented at the local farmers’ market.

Motawi tiles are sold internationally in over 300 shops and galleries. Motawi murals and tile installations are in countless homes and public places, with large installations at such institutions as the University of Michigan, Yale University and Disneyland. 

Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. Her company utilizes Toyota-Style Production and practices an intentional workplace culture.

Recently, Motawi tiles have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Dwell Magazine, and on the national PBS series Craft in America.


Call for Entries Ends: October 25, 2017 (12:00am CST)

Artists Notified of Selection: Monday, October 30, 2017

Artwork Delivery: No later than Monday, November 6

Exhibition Dates: November 10 – December 3

Opening Reception & Awards: Friday, November 10, 6-9pm

Midnight Madness Downtown Shopping Event: Friday, December 2, 6pm-12am



Eligibility: This national call for entry is open to any artist who is 18 years or older.

Media: Works must be original within the previous year. Works submitted must not have been previously shown in any competition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Entry Fee: A non-refundable entry fee of $35 entitles each artist to submit their work for consideration. ONLY credit and debit card payments are accepted; no cash or check payments will be accepted. Each $35 entry fee entitles the artist to one submission of up to three images.

Notification: All artists will be notified of juror selections via email.

Sales: Artwork in Hot Fresh Glazed is encouraged to be for sale. This exhibition is “cash-and-carry” – Artworks that are purchased may be removed from the exhibit. Accepted artists may have the option to include multiples at the time of delivery in order for objects in the exhibit to be replaced as they sell. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold works.

Presentation: Accepted artworks must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent digital submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations.

Technology: The Art Center has limited tech equipment available for exhibitions. Requests for use of Art Center equipment are on a first-come, first-served basis. Otherwise, Artists are expected to provide necessary tech equipment for their installation.

Delivery: Works may be hand delivered or shipped UPS, USPS or FedEx. Return shipment will be packaged using the same packing materials they were shipped in. Artists are responsible for all shipping and return shipping costs.

How to Enter: All materials, including entry fees and images, must be submitted in digital format through CaFÉ™ at Absolutely no submissions will be accepted past the deadline.

Technical Assistance: If you are having trouble submitting to this call, email the CaFÉ Team at, or visit the CaFÉ Help page.

Questions: For general questions about this call for entry, email or call 734.994.8004 during gallery hours (Weekdays 10-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5). Please do not contact Motawi Tileworks with questions about this call for entry.

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