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Nawal Motawi joins us to talk about her journey from art school graduate to founder of an award-winning Ann Arbor-based nationally known art studio that creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic styles and craftsmanship of 20th Century American design.
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, she 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. Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. The tiles are sold in over 400 stores across the United States.
The Motawi business philosophy:
We make distinctive ceramics in a healthy way. We share our story. And we have fun.
We believe that we can make the world a better place by making beautiful things for everyday places and modeling healthy company practices.
How do we do this?
We make things that are valued for their design and quality.
We cultivate an intentional workplace culture that fosters constant improvement, positivity and consistently high performance.
Listen to learn how she made the move from her first art classes to a successful business owner, plus her best tips for building a sustainable career in the arts.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 22nd 2015 at 3:00 PST / 6:00 EST is couture jewelry artist Michell Pajak-Reynolds .
Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending your questions to us via social media ( Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) or by logging onto the chat room.
About : Michelle's formal jewelry and metalsmithing training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School and she went on to perfect her artistic and business skills via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace University
Michelle's jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors. Her pieces have been exhibited internationally and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra. Michelle's designs have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Michelle Pajak-Reynolds's work has been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and she is the winner of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Old Becomes New Design Challenge.
Photographs by Julie Stanley
Anicca is a visionary and seeker of truth. She is a holistic health leader and raw food/superfood, cleansing/juice fasting and fitness expert. Her innate understanding of the importance of tending to not only the physical body but to the mind and the soul as a requirement of health and consciousness is what sets her apart from many. She is innovative and sees beyond the limitations of duality.
Anicca draws her expertise in fitness and athleticism from a background in figure skating, Ice Dance.
Having trained in ballet, modern, yoga, gymnastics, swimming, track and field and weight training she has developed a unique style and method of training that involves a lot of variation and incorporates plyometric, functional training, interval training, yoga , pilates, dance, to improve balance, flexibility, agility, cardiovascular endurance, increase strength, power and speed while increasing long lean muscle mass. She trains with precision, discipline, focus and motivation, helping to break down physical and mental barriers and achieve new levels of health and fitness. She is a living example of how a vegetarian/vegan/raw diet supports not only anti-aging but athletic performance and overall vitality.
Anicca holds certification in Personal Training, National Level Coaching- Figure Skating, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor and BFA. Her professional development includes 20 years of study and practice of Yoga philosophy/asanas, meditation, the use of medicinal herbs/plants, and Reiki. She is inspired by ancient civilizations of Egypt, the ancient teachings of India and Tibet, Quantum Physics, New Biology and has studied the work/teachings of Bruce Lipton, Tom Campbell, Gregg Braden, Paramahansa Yogananda, Kirpal Singh, Barbara Ann Brennan, and Tom Kenyon. Her writing has been published in various online publications and she has worked with National Level competitive athletes. Anicca is available for educational and public speaking events
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PST/ 5:00 CST is artist and jeweler Jesse Bert.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending us your questions via social media (via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook ) or by logging onto the chat room.
Originally from the U.S, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina.
Jesse’s prefered work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects. Over the past five years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis, to students of all skill levels, at his private studio in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. He also teaches annual workshops around Mexico as well as in other countries.
“When I am not teaching or working on new pieces, I love to be outside. I tend to my cactus collection or spend time exploring the Mexican countryside and hiking in the mountains.”
Visit his website and Facebook Page.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is metal artist Anne M. Fiala.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or sending a message to the Whaley Studios' Facebook Page.
About: Anne M. Fiala is a maker and educator living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a BFA in Industrial Design and a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington.
In her work, Anne is an interdisciplinary artist who relies on instinct, process, and materials to create objects about memory and emotion.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in various publications and catalogues.
For more about Anne, visit her website and Facebook Page.
Who am I ?
a free-spirit. a big dreamer. a believer. a creator. a speaker. a writer. a coach. a wine drinker and chocolate indulger. a searcher, a yearner, a passionate learner. an MA grad in communication from University of Illinois. a BFA grad in theatre performance from Ryerson. a yogi teacher. a big musical theatre fan. a lover of gerbera daisies and bubblebaths. a marathon runner. a triathlete (well, only completed one so far!) a daughter. a sister. an auntie. a godmother. a friend.
A woman’s empowerment coach and inspirational speaker, Carol is on a mission to ‘Spark your G.E.N.I.U.S.™’ ~ a program she created for fabulous women to embrace and celebrate their true brilliance. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Communication, and loves living BIG (how many folks can say they’ve lived in an Ashram, shaved their head, or bungee jumped naked?) But it wasn’t always that way. She was fresh out of theatre school, with nothing but a dream to make it on Broadway, when her mother’s passing changed everything. Carol has since learned that life is simply too short not to live in the here and now, and only YOU can believe in you.
Carol has lived in 7 different countries (including Thailand, New Zealand, & Germany) as well as volunteered and/or travelled through an additional 25. She also speaks Spanish, French, German, and conversational Thai. She is also a volunteer bereavement facilitator, marathon runner, and certified yoga instructor
Doreen Fentress is the Business Development Director of HAWORTH in the Washington, DC -Metro Area.
She is responsible for business development, sales goal, management of sales team and sales distribution for Haworth Inc in Washington DC region which includes VA, MD, WVA and DC.
Haworth, Inc., a world-class designer and manufacturer of office workspaces, is based in Holland, Michigan, operates in more than 120 countries, and employs 8,000 people.
Mrs. Fentress experience is extensive as V.P. & Technical Director of Quality Technical Services for 19 yrs and Assistant Sales Manager for Chasens Business Interiors for 15 yrs.
She has a Master's Degree from the University of Virginia - Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, a BFA degree in Design from Old Dominion University and an Interior design degree from the School of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Doreen Fentress contact info:
T: 202.478.7330 | Fax: 202.628.5235 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
575 7th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20004 USA | haworth.com
Ka’ramuu Kush, writer/director of “And then…”, launches his, INDIEGOGO $100,000 crowdfund campaign for his feature film debut, as the FREAK takes you.
We’re featuring an Encore presentation of “And Then” by Karamu Kush live at the New School back in August 2013. This show is a live program at The New School with filmmakers Ka’ramuu Kush and Sean O’Halloran, from the film, “And Then”, a 30-minute film which is a coming-of-womanhood story that deals with one woman's confrontation of issues surrounding body image, communication and the psychology of sex. It is for adults only.
Join in the campaign with Creatively Speaking by supporting “as the FREAK takes you” on INDIEGOGO. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/as-the-freak-takes-you
Ka'ramuu Kush, winner of the Shadow & Act Filmmaker Challenge, is a graduate of the New School University with a BFA in Writing and the Arts, as well as an MFA in Theatre Directing / Classical Drama from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Film Directing from the AFI Conservatory. His AFI thesis film SALVATION ROAD garnered awards from DGA, FUJIFILM, THE CAUCUS FOUNDATION and numerous others before it's premiere on HBO.
Jennifer Ruggiero earned her BFA in Dance Performance from the prestigious Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. A dance injury in college introduced her to Pilates as a means of body conditioning. Today she is the owner of The Pilates Movement, a Pilates Studio on the Upper East Side of New York City that offers private and small group Pilates classes. Jennifer is the creator of a specialty class that she named Pilates for the Mature Body, a class designed for those who are new to exercise in their later years. Most recently, Jennifer has continued her education at Ishta Yoga in their 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Her passion is to help people restore and maintain their vitality through utilizing both Pilates and Yoga as tools to maintain an active life.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pilates-Movement/70558187094
Joe Tatta is a physical therapist and nutrition expert. He is co-founder of Premier Physical Therapy & Wellness, one of the largest outpatient physical therapy providers in the New York Tri-State area, with multiple locations throughout Manhattan, Westchester and Connecticut. A licensed Physical Therapist and board certified in orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a certified hand therapists from the American Society of Hand Therapists. His also certified in Nutrition for Fitness from the International Sports Sciences Association and trained extensively at the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. His greatest success stems from the growth of his physical therapy practice and, the thousands of clients it heals annually.
Visit my site: www.joetatta.com
WE ARE NOT ALONE!!
Join host, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke BFA PsyTech CH, as she explores the alien abduction phenomena with the help of high profile, expert guest in the UFOlogy field, as well as from frequent guest and producer, Wes Roberts (a multiple abductee/experiencer/contactee). Check out Lesley's website at LightworkHypnosis.com!
Suzanne created Fantasy Dating, a dating game that empowers singles to take chances, build confidence and find love.
A few summers ago, after listening to he girlfriends complain "I'm never going to meet anyone." and "All the good guys are taken" she challenged them to think outside the box and date a different way She had come up with a game in which they'd compete to earn points by exchanging numbers receiving texts, calls and going on dates. The competition transformed them from shy and whiny women to outgoing flirts, That summe they dared to flirt with guys at the market the beach, the gym and everywhere else they went, in just 10 weeks, they went on more dates than they had in the previous two years.
Their success inspired Suzanne to create a website so singles around the world could also dare to date. Fantasydatinggame.com gives singles an alternative to scrolling endless online dating profiles by challenging them to play the field in real life. Like other Fantasy Sports, players create leagues set stakes and compete to earn points./ But when they Fantasy Date they earn points by dating.
A little about Suzanne: Growing up in a small New Jersey town (complete with horse farms and cornfields) gave Suzanne Casamento plenty of time to make up stories. She earned her BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. Her stories and articles have been published in Seventeen, Teen and All About You. FINGERPRINTS, her YA novel, is loosely based on a story that appeared in Seventeen. Both stories are a lot like her 16th summer in New Jersey, when suddenly things weren’t so boring anymore. Suzanne currently lives in Los Angeles.
Doreen Bennett Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa, Te Arawa and Te Wainuiarua. My life’s work is reflected my belief to restore traditional values, beliefs and practices as the basis for our Maori families to forward in today’s world.
Mashu White Feather of the Chickamauga, Ani Gaduwa Tsalagi (Cherokee) and also Osage.
Our guest tonight - Melanie Tallmadge Sainz
Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin) is a visual and performing artist, cultural arts presenter, and social justice advocate. She currently holds the title of Founding Director of Little Eagle Arts Foundation, an incubator for new and emerging Native artists that promotes the arts, creativity, and community. Melanie’s professional experiences include Education Specialist at The Heard Museum, Education Assistant at the Arizona Community for the Arts, Art Department Chair at Phoenix Country Day School, and professional teaching artist for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Melanie is married to jazz bassist Felix Sainz, Jr. and mother to their two adult children, Amado and Felisia Sainz.
Melanie held the title of Miss Indian America XXVI in 1980, and she earned her BFA and post-graduated coursework in Art Education from Arizona State University, and a Minority Business certificate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her art has received awards at the University of Wisconsin, The Heard Museum, William King Regional Arts Center, Southern Highland Craft Guild, American Indian Contemporary Arts Gallery, and The Eiteljorg Museum. Her work is dedicated to the human virtues of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional balance and encourages others live in harmony with all living things.
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