The PinchPals™ story is grounded in the notion that at our core human beings are the same.


Most of us are compassionate beings with a desire for decency and kindness in our daily lives, and we seek connection with others, especially during difficult times.

Gifting a PinchPals™ artwork, viewing and sharing our video animations or following our BLOG will help us reach our goal of touching 1 million lives. PinchPals™ sculptures and art-works are created in a private clay studio and animations are produced in collaboration with a small production company. 

We have 2 Business Missions

1 Inspire a movement of positive outreach, connection and compassion through broad distribution of PinchPals characters and their messages of support, understanding and community. PinchPals touch-points are both in a physical form, as available from or store, or virtually as seen on PinchPals’  YouTube Channel 

2 Create economic and self-esteem building opportunities for individuals and community groups in the production of PinchPals™ art-works and merchandise. Visit Shop

When you gift a PinchPal™, your message is…

“I’ve got your back.”


Bonnie Fitzgerald, creator of PinchPals™, has been a full-time working artist most of her adult life. Sculpture and filmmaking were early loves. Teaching art while helping others connect with their creativity through community and kindness continues to be her driving purpose.

PinchPals™ have traveled to many lands over the years. They reside in several foreign countries and throughout the United States. PinchPals™ sculptures are made from red clay and kiln fired, other “skin tones” appear in various art-works. 

Bonnie Fitzgerald is the owner and of Maverick Mosaics, LLC. For nearly 20 years Maverick Mosaics has been creating beautiful art and unique learning experience. Bonnie has authored 2 best selling books about creating mosaic art. Along with her husband Ken they lead international art-filled tours. Bonnie teaches art extensively, including on-going classes for the Smithsonian Institution’s Studio Arts Department in Washington, DC.

Prior to 2018, PinchPals™ were called “Clones.”  Some of you reading this may recall “Clones Care”. The strong resemblance to each other made Clones an obvious namesake, but there can be a negative vibe to the word Clones. The PinchPals™ name was coined by Elisa Fleener. Ms. Fleener is a screen writer, film maker and artist. PinchPals™ were originally created as characters for an animated film.

“We make a living by what we get. But we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill