by Ann Marie Donovan

168832356 747099729324387 132270483679907789 nThe community Puzzle was created to give us something positive to focus on during the harsh reality of what were all facing. Everywhere I looked I saw amazing things taking place in my own little home town of Franklin, Ma. and the world.

I felt the need to remind those of us in the clay world, while being hit hard, we were also being blessed. People were coming together, helping one another, supporting neighbors, and being very thankful to those on the front lines.

1st...The idea, how could we pull together and bring forth positive moments while in a global pandemic?

2nd....I wanted to bring recognition to Polymer Clay. It's something I am truly passionate about and always looking for ways to Spread the Word. This was going to be a project to be shared with many who had no idea what polymer clay was about. I wanted this puzzle to travel thru New England. Possibly further. I'm hoping it will be adopted by other guilds who may be able to help it travel. Our first scheduled tour will involve local libraries, art associations, and wherever we can get it to be shown.

3rd.... I drafted the idea, created a post in The Art Annex, and put out a call to anyone who wanted to be a part of the Community Puzzle.

Next step was to have folks sign up for a piece of the puzzle. They did! People from all over the states and WORLD requested a piece of the puzzle. It became an international project.

I then designed the puzzle and mailed a piece out to 32 people. I included the simple rule to create something "Positive" they had participated in and or witnessed a positive happening. Their puzzle piece had to be the exact size.

Many sent a letter explaining what their piece represented. What a wonderful experience to read these letters.

Once their piece was finished they mailed them back to me. Slowly it started to take shape. I was amazed by the pieces they had created. such wonderful and inspirational pieces.

When the puzzle was completed, my husband, Jim, created the boxed case it would stay safe in.

  • #1 Ann Marie Buus ..... Perserver
  • #2 You Sun Flowers
  • #3 Donna Baretta........The tree of life
  • #4 Anita Buckowing.....Wild life
  • #5 Scott Cooper..... Good Day sunshine
  • #6 Kathy McCurry... The bridge connects the two sides. The river of love flows under it.
  • #7 Cynthia Gougian-Fisher .... Connections
  • #8 Betsy Goren.......Victory Gardens
  • #9 Liz Hinckley-Steffano......Pets now had their families home all day
  • #10 Leila Bindler....
  • #11 Jackie Locantore......wild flowers still bloomed
  • #12 Myself....New Life. I was fortunate to have new family members being born.
  • #13 Suzanne Andrews...The Secret Forest...many began to walk in nature
  • #14Patricia Krauchne.... Fabric of Life
  • #15 Nan Smith.....Rainbows
  • #16 Katrine Christensen....Surreal Dream...her happy place
  • #17 Sandy Clement....Better Together
  • #18 Amy Hucks....2020
  • #19Kris Shotts....The Sea
  • #20 Dawn Grey..... i love this! She saw a ladybug on the pavement and wanted to capture life prevails.
  • #21 Mary Anne Williams-Knapp....Where flowers bloom...So does Hope
  • #22 Terry Demers Home life together and learning new clay techniques.
  • #23 Helen Wyland-Maichow......Life Continues
  • #24Miranda Randi-Farrand.....My Dogs
  • #25 Sylvia DeCosta....Where there is life , There is hope
  • #26 Carla Bull... Don't Be Afraid of Change...Carla raised monarch butterflies. She shared it with us as she watched them develop.
  • #27 Louise Hea Smith.... Neighbors. People were walking more and she met many neighbors
  • #28Toni Street.... Lady Bugs and flowers
  • #29 Randee Ketzle....Forest Findings
  • #30 Patricia Bangert.....Radical Gifts of a global Pandemic....to notice every wild and true bursts of color
  • #31 Lee Ann Armstrong.....Bloom
  • #32 Ivy Niles..... Peacocks and Raccoons

Ann Marie Donovan

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