Challenges, problems, and triumphs
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Bottles of Hope
A polymer clay grassroots movement.
by Staff Report (December 3, 2007)
Bottles of Hope was founded by polymer clay artist and
cancer survivor Diane Gregoire in 1999. After decorating bottles
used in her own chemotherapy, Diane returned them to hospital
nurses, who in turn gave them to other patients. These patients were
so inspired by her messages of hope that a grassroots movement was
begun. They are recycled bottles used in chemotherapy (or similar
sizes) that are decorated with polymer clay, which is baked in the
oven for hardening/curing. Each bottle carries a message of hope
either in its design or placed inside.
It is through the efforts of the National Polymer Guild, its
local guilds, and private individuals that this project continues to
thrive as thousands of men, women, and children make bottles each
year and deliver them to people living with cancer and their
Bottles of Hope are made for local fund-raisers or in
workshops to raise awareness and funds for cancer prevention,
research, and treatment conducted by area hospitals and charities
devoted to helping those living with cancer. Many of these workshops
take place in hospitals so that cancer patients can create their own
bottles and experience the therapeutic value of playing with clay as
a full range of self-expression.
For more info, visit www.bottlesofhope.org
to read a brief memoir by Diane Gregoire. Google "bottles of
hope" to read about the many workshops and designer challenges
going on today. Or visit www.amaco.com/amaco-bottlesofhopemain.html.
Helping the cause.
AMACO (American Art Clay Co.) has sponsored two design
competitions, "Bottles of Hope Designer Challenges," with
accompanying online auctions for craft designers and award
receptions at the Craft & Hobby Assn. shows. Eighty polymer clay
designers created 170 bottles for the two designer challenges.
AMACO's Event Coordinator Lisa Pavelka, a noted polymer clay artist
and author, spearheaded the events.
Funds raised in 2007 have benefitted American Cancer Society,
Gilda's Club Chicago, Edward Hospital Foundation/Cancer Center
Program (Naperville, IL), City of Hope, Peter McCallum Cancer Centre
(East Melbourne, Australia), and Hasbro Children's Hospital
The bottles for the winter challenge were distributed to Camp
Rainbow, Babler State Park, MO where clay author and teacher Linda
Peterson conducted a workshop for teen campers living with cancer.
Bottles made for the summer challenge were given to Gilda's Club
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