Delphi Gets Generous Donation for Beads of Courage

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Last week, we were surprised (and thrilled!) to receive a donation of 120 beautiful lampworked borosilicate beads for Beads of Courage. The artist was Ruth Kelley from Gainesville, MO. We caught up with her this week to ask her a few questions about her generous donation.

Delphi: How did you hear about the Beads of Courage initiative?

Ruth Kelley: Initially I saw a TV spot about Beads of Courage and how much the organization means to the patients. Then I got the Delphi e-newsletter about the initiative, and knew I had to contribute.

Delphi: How did you get started flameworking?

Ruth Kelley: A neighbor opened a studio (Sharon Stoffel of Morningstar Glass), and I started taking classes from her in 2008.

Delphi: Who or what inspires you?

Ruth Kelley: There are so many talented glass artists. I used to spend hours looking at websites and admiring artists' work. Plus, Sharon encouraged me to expand and try different techniques. I also had the opportunity to meet Sage Holland and her son at an open house at their studio in Fox Ar. And then there is all that beautiful glass!

Delphi: Many of the beads you created were heart shaped, which has a special meaning to Beads of Courage. Purple Heart beads (cancer treatment) and Red Heart beads (cardiac treatment) are given to children who are celebrating the completion of their treatment. Did you create these beads with these specific treatments in mind?

Ruth Kelley: Actually those beads had been made prior to my finding out about the initiative. Hearts are fun to make and a popular motif in jewelry making.

Delphi: How long did it take to create 120 beads?

Ruth Kelley: The small single color spacers take around 5 to 10 minutes and the larger more complex beads take 30 minutes or longer. Im not one to spend hours on one bead, yet.

Delphi: Can folks buy your beads?

Ruth Kelley: I dont have a website or Etsy site. Living in a rural area and having Dial-up internet service makes that difficult. Luckily I am able to show and sell the jewelry I make, Viva La Beads, at local venues. Glass is more of an expensive hobby than a living right now, and I prefer it that way. But who knows what the future holds!

Ruth, we are so grateful for your time and talent! THANKYOU!

If you are interested in making a donation of beads to Delphi for Beads of Courage, please visit our Beads of Courage
webpage. All types of beads are accepted including your lampworked glass beads. For your generous donation, Delphi will provide you a coupon for $5 off your next order of $40 or more.

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