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Lynn Giuliani shows the original red heart-shaped ceramic piece she had that led to 32 more being created at the Jansen center. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)

Lynn Giuliani inspires group at Jansen Art Center to lend their creativity 

LYNDEN ­— Lynn Giuliani had bought her own heart-shaped ceramic piece in California earlier. Now, she thought amidst the pandemic, this would be a great item to replicate as a way to spread cheer.

The pitched the idea to her ceramics “club” at the Jansen Art Center and they welcomed it.

“They loved having something to do together as a group which could say thank-you to those (pandemic) workers for all they are doing,” Giuliani said.

And so, on Monday, there was a tableful display of 32 ceramic bowls and plates at Jansen, all with some shaping of their rim into a heart, ready to be delivered to the healthcare workers  at three nursing-care providers: the Christian Health Care Center, Lynden Manor and Hospice of Whatcom County.

“We will be giving these from our hearts to theirs as a thanks for their giving efforts during this difficult time of COVID,” Giuliani said.

The delivery happened on Tuesday.

The whole project took about two and a half months. That is longer than would have been normal because of the way the six participants had to space themselves out in careful COVID-19 protections all the time — go slowly and distanced using the ceramics gallery at Jansen.

The art center was not open to the public then. It has now reopened on a limited basis: noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

“We were following the rules. We were never ever closer than six feet apart,” Giuliani said of the ceramic hearts project.

It became a way for these artists themselves as well to have a healthy outlet and way to socialize when they would otherwise be cooped up, she said. 

The six creators were: Giuliani, Jay Jorgensen, Ann Godbolt, Ann Zaslow, Dan Stockwell and Marilyn Bushre.

As she made contact with organizations to give these ceramic hearts to, Giuliani was amazed at the emotional response.

“The response has been so heartwarming,” she said. “They’re  just so overwhelmed that we would think of them.”

These high-heat-fired and glazed ceramics are not just for decoration either. They can be used for all cooking and can go into a dishwater as well.

Hospice was going to use its allocation of ceramics to raffle off in an effort to raise money for that organization.

COVID-19 Numbers, Updated September 15

Sources: Whatcom County Health Department, Washington State Department of Health

Area Confirmed Cases Deaths Hospitalizations
Whatcom County 1,208 40 94
Washington State 80,465 2,015 7,127