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.
Donna sent an email….We don’t often hear what happens with our bottles.
Below is an email she received with the story of one of the bottles.
Subject: My bottle of hope
I received my bottle in August 2015. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2015 and was receiving treatment.
I was participating in the tough mudder one week after a double mastectomy and met Cam Brown on the course. We instantly bonded as she was doing the tough mudder to honor her mom.
Cam Brown gave me her mother’s bottle of hope.
Her mother was Gracelyn Murphy who passed away 10/15/06 from breast cancer.
I still have my bottle of hope and I carry it continuously.
A Much Loved Bottle of Hope
Debbie Jett had 2 workshops with the Girl Scouts in Burlington and Wethersfield, CT.
Lots of great bottles were made. Thanks to ALL for their efforts!
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
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.
The Group at Option
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
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!
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