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Beads of Courage

Hello....I am Sharleen of Shaterra Clay Studio. I am a member of BOC, and I make low fire earthenware ceramic beads and pendants.

The latest issue of Bead and Button magazine features an article on page 16 called "String of Achievements". This article is about a program called "Beads of Courage".

"Beads of Courage" awards hand made beads to children fighting serious illnesses as milestone markers during the course of hospital treatment. For instance, a child may receive a bead for sitting through an Xray or a chemotherapy treatment. At the end of the treatment, the child receives a purple heart of courage.

Parents are also given butterfly bereavement beads when a child loses his or her battle with the illness.

The Beads of Courage organization is always looking for donations of beads. I was inspired to create some butterfly and purple heart beads to donate. The web site shows lampwork and polymer clay donations, but I didn't see anything ceramic. I felt this would be a good way to raise the profile of ceramic beads and ceramic bead artists, and also to donate to a worthy cause.

For more information about the organization, or if you are interested in donating beads, visit beadsofcourage.net .


  1. Sharlene, this is such a great post. i will definetly go to their page.

  2. Thanks Yolanda. It makes me feel good to be able to give my beads to such a program. I think it is great that they are using handmade beads. It makes it so much more personal.

  3. I really found your post interesting and your beads that you made for it are great. Recently I taught some young children to make beads, and I was surprised by how enchanted they were by the beads I brought with me. I will check out this program and see if I can give. Thanks Sharlene.

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  5. I really should proof read more before hitting that publish button!

    Sharleen, I found the Beads of Courage website a few months ago and have had it in the back of my mind to donate something.

    Thanks for highlighting this precious cause!


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