Bottles of Hope

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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.

 

Bottle Creation at Options in Branford

Deb Jette held a BOH workshop in Branford on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, It was very successful.
She got the following email:
Date: Thu, Jun 14, 2018, 10:01 PM
Subject: Bottles of Hope

Hi Debbi,
Thank you so much for bringing Bottles of Hope to Options at BH Healthcare! BOH is a great project. I would say yesterday’s workshop was a great success!! Pictures are attached.
Best regards,
Elizabeth

The Group at Options

The Group at Option

The Group at Options

Completed Bottles

The Group at Options

Completed Bottles

The Group at Options

Working Away

The Group at Options

Working Away

BOH Workshop in Guilford 10/7/17

Diane Villano held a BoH workshop, October 7, 2017, at Christ Episcopal Church, 11 Park Street, Guilford, CT.

“We had a great time at our Bottles of Hope workshop on Saturday!
People ages 11 to 99. Yes, 99!
Such nice work and everyone except one person was new to polymer.
Thanks, Episcopal Church Women for inviting me to Christ Church, Guilford” ~ Diane

Workshop Pictures To Come

We had some wonderful Bottles of Hope Workshops the past few months!
Pictures will be posted shortly.
Some pictures are also under the Gallery heading.

Come check them out!
Maybe you’ll see your picture here, or someone you know!

Email from Dee Dee

From: Dee Dee
Sent: Sunday, June 4, 2017
To: bottlesofhope@hotmail.com

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.

Best regards,
Dee Dee

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…”

Emails From Chris

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
(second email)
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

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Email from South Africa

From: jean(at)maxprof(dot)co(dot)za
To: bottlesofhope@hotmail.com
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:25:06 +0200
Good day
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
Regards
Jean Robinson
PLWC – Pretoria South Africa