Bottles of Hope are small glass bottles covered with polymer clay and given to cancer patients. They symbolize a wish and a hope for health
This project was started in 1999 by a Rhode Island cancer survivor and has spread internationally. Bottles are made by artists, students, survivors, seniors and many more who volunteer their time and love.
This blog was created as a place to get information and to share your experiences with the Bottles of Hope project.
A word about the project: Our hope is that this project remains grass roots: a one to one sharing of art and love. The Bottles of Hope should NEVER be sold; they are to be given freely to cancer patients to bring hope to their lives.
From: Dee Dee
Sent: Sunday, June 4, 2017
First of all, thank you for starting and maintaining this organisation! I selected my own Bottle of Hope from a lovely case of offerings at my oncology clinic in 2014 while undergoing daily treatment (8 months!) for a rare type of Leukemia. My beautiful little bottle became the safe keeper of hopes, dreams and even fears, scribbled on little pieces of paper or discovered in fortune cookies during my recovery.
I am three years cured and have since given two Bottles of Hope to friends facing their own cancer challenges. They loved them.
I would like to donate some small glass bottles to the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota, who supplies the Bottles of Hope in my area. However, I cannot find any contact information on their website. Do you happen to have contact info for them, or could you forward this to someone associated with this group?
Thank you in advance for any help or guidance you can provide.
I’ve attached some photos of my Bottle of Hope, taken on the day I brought it home (a really low point in my treatment).
Bottle of Hope that Dee Dee got during treatment made by the Polymer Clay Guild of Minnesota
Dee Dee’s bottle with the saying “What Cancer Cannot do…”
BOH Teaching Workshop – or how to conduct a BoH workshop.
Saturday Nov 8, 10-12, Hobby Lobby, 68 Frontage Road, East Haven, CT
Sponsored by members of the Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild
Here’s an email sent to our BOH Coordinator:
(first email from Chris)
I just stumbled upon some articles about the bottles of hope program and would love to make some for my mom who is a breast cancer surviver and several other people I know who are also battling different cancers. As a blind individual, working with polymer clay is a way for me to express my creativity and I’m always looking for something new and different to try. I’ve been making other small items (keychains, magnets, etc) for an animal shelter which they use in their raffle gift baskets at fund raising events. I love sharing my craft with others and bringing smiles to their faces, so I really think this bottles of hope program is a wonderful idea. Sincerely, Chris N
I’ve attached a few pics of the bottle I did for my mom. I used a glass spice bottle so its not exactly the same as what you do but the idea is the same. I inserted a short poem that I wrote about her battle with breast cancer and then copied the Bottles of Hope story from your web site to go along with it so she would understand the story. I’ll be giving it to her this week so I’m anxious to see what her reaction is as this is the first one I’ve done. I hope the pictures of it came out OK. As I said, I’m totally blind, fairly new to polymer clay, and completely self-taught so far.
Sincerely, Chris N
I was just visiting Flickr to see if there were pictures I could add to the gallery and I found this photostream
Some pics to get you started
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:25:06 +0200
I represent a cancer group called People Living with Cancer (www.plwc.org.za) here in Pretoria South Africa. We have just had our first Bottles of Hope workshop and had such positive feedback from all those who attended. We had 72 people attending and we made 250 bottles.
We are going to be distributing these bottles to the oncology wards at our government hospitals in Pretoria and surrounding areas.
Attached are a few photo’s of our group making the bottles
PLWC – Pretoria South Africa
The below post was taken from the Bottles of Hope messageboard on Delphi. Posted by Diane Black from www.glassattic.com
There is loads of information on making BOH (and stoppers, etc) and on obtaining bottles, etc., as well as many-many examples for inspiration on the BOH page of my website:
Here is the “Table of Contents” for that page:
General info re BOH
explanation of BOH concept
donating (BOH or canes) to others for distribution