Ring-A-Day

As a New Years Resolution, I, Tabitha Ott will be creating and posting one ring per day for an entire year. Stay tuned because this will get very interesting. I hope to push the boundaries of what a ring can and cannot be made of and exercise my brain to use whatever I have at hand. I will also post occasionally about my life here in Ohio. I treat this blog very much like a diary. Some posts are more in depth than others. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy!
-Tabitha

January 1, 2011

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

UPDATE: New work

Update! 


After finishing up the 2012-2013 school year as adjunct faculty at Kent State, I stayed for the summer to get the chance to concentrate on making some new work in the studio. During that time, I created four major pieces (all necklaces). I also designed and produced multiple pieces of jewelry to sell at various venues. I will post images of the production work soon. Images of the necklaces are below.

The first piece I created this summer is "Pure Waste". 
It is composed of Repurposed found objects.








The second piece I created does not yet have a title....
It is composed of Repurposed found objects.







The third piece I created is Untitled.
It is made of Repurposed Found Objects (Mostly Metal)





The Fourth piece is also Untitled. 
It is made of Repurposed Found Aluminum and Plastic.
(The fan blades spin!)




Monday, March 25, 2013

The Wheels Are Turning......

Greetings Everyone! 

I have not blogged since I finished my thesis work and graduated! I figured it was time to post an update! Below are some images of what I have been doing over the past year. Enjoy!


Mourning Necklace
(Special Commission/Trade)
Sterling Silver, Etched Brass, Found beads, wood, and Paint











"Darrow" Charms
(Special Commission)
Handcut Sterling Silver











Floral Bracelet
Sterling Silver 











Necklace
Repurposed Plastic Lenses, Found Chain











Key Bracelet
Repurposed Vintage Keys, Repurposed Chain











I found 4 identical pieces of brass in the scrap bin. (one of which is pictured above) I found them to be very interesting and beautiful. They had previously belonged to Cameron Lyden while he was here for a BFA in Jewelry/Metals. I rescued the pieces and turn them into "friendship cuffs"! See image below!
(I later gave one to Cameron and kept one for myself!)



Friendship Cuffs
Brass









Futuristic Sweater Brooch
Sterling Silver, Plastic, and Repurposed Aluminum












Reversible Hand-Beaded Collar
(Front and Back)
Felt, Assorted found beads, Thread










Bracelet
Special Commission
Sterling Silver and found objects










Double Brooch
Sterling Silver, Plastic, and Aluminum











The above image is a rendering I did for a commissioned sweater brooch.
The image below is the completed brooch (sans polishing).


Sweater Brooch
Sterling Silver, Black Onyx




Since graduation (in August 2012) I have been teaching classes at KSU in the Jewelry/Metals department of the School of Art. In the Fall I taught Intro to Jewelry/Metals and Advanced Studio. This semester (Spring) I am currently teaching Intro to Jewelry/Metals and Design & Production.

So what does the future hold? I am currently applying for artist residencies in various places along with looking for jobs. I am excited to start a new chapter in my life!

-Tabitha


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THESIS WORK

Good News! I passed my Thesis Review!

So what now? you may ask....
Well I will have my show/reception this Friday and then next week I will be displaying all 365 rings! After that I will be working on my Thesis paper which is due at the end of July. I plan to graduate in August. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thesis

I installed my thesis work in the gallery today! My review is tomorrow morning at 9am with three faculty members (K. Browne, J. Lessman-Moss, and M. Loderstedt) I am very excited! Wish me luck!

PS: Remember this Friday is the reception for the show! 5-8pm. To see detailes, refer to the post (a week or so ago) that has the information about when and where.

I will post images of all the finished pieces (7 total) as soon as I can, along with video of the pieces in action.

Have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Exhibitions

Good Morning!
Below you will find digital copies of the front and back of the postcards I just finished designing for my upcoming shows. If you are planning to attend, all the information you need is below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! I hope to see you there! 

Click the images to see them larger! :)






Thursday, February 2, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UPDATE

Hello everyone! It has been a month since my last post and I thought it would be a good time to update you on what is going on. I definitely miss Ring-A-Day, but I do have more time all together to work on more pressing matters.

This semester I have a lot going on. I am continuing my thesis work, curating/organizing a show for GAR Foundation, and teaching a CAD for Jewelry class. I just recently finished selecting the works for the show and now I just have to get some of them framed, install all works at the Foundation's office, and attend the reception. I am so glad I got this opportunity!

I will be having my Thesis review on Tuesday, March 27th at 9:00am. My work will be displayed in the School of Art Gallery in the Art building on Kent State Campus. There are three other grad students that will be showing in this large gallery that same week. Originally I did not want to be part of a group exhibition, but I am definitely seeing the benefits now. The exhibition reception will be Friday, March 30 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Please feel free to come! All are welcome!

The Ring-A-Day series will be displayed in the Sculpture gallery the following week. The exhibition reception will be Friday, April 6. I have not decided what time, so please stay tuned! Don't miss this chance to see all 365 rings in one place! :)

I am planning to have postcards made for each show. If you would like to have one mailed to you as a reminder for the show or just to have, please send me your mailing address. My email is tott2@kent.edu

Below are some photos of Thesis Piece #1 (yoyo Necklace)....IN PROGRESS!



Thank you for Reading!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

RING No. 365

Well Folks, its finally here, the LAST RING!.....I want to thank all the people who gave me interesting objects, the people who encouraged me along the way, and all of the "readers", and "viewers"!

I stayed in the studio all day working on this baby. While here, I activated my iPhone!!! I have waited years to get one and now I finally have it! Hooray!

Many people have expressed an interest in purchasing a ring or rings for their collection. Upon much contemplation, I have decided to sell them! At first I wanted to keep them all together and perhaps sell them as one collection, or not at all, but I think that it will be much better if many people can have a piece of this achievement. I plan to make a book in the near future that has an image of each ring.

The rings will be part of my thesis and can be viewed by the public in April at my exhibition reception. They are for sale now, but will not be available for pick up until after the show. If you have an interest in a particular ring, please email me.

As far as price goes, they all vary....for instance, there is a ring that is Free, one that is $10, a few in the hundreds, and everything in between! It all depends on the time invested and value of the materials. I am planning to keep a few for my personal collection, but all the rest are up for grabs. Each ring will come with a hand numbered and signed certificate of authenticity and a special box.

Now, I plan to catch up on the rest of my thesis work, and start writing! I have learned so much from this challenge and I will miss it, but it will be nice to concentrate on the other things I need to accomplish before I graduate.

I will update my blog from time to time with images and info on the progress of my thesis work. "Follow" the blog to get detailed information on when my show will be and the other events I will be hosting in conjunction.....

Also, stay tuned for a highly likely RING A DAY 2.0....after I graduate, I hope to continue this fun and interesting challenge!!!!!

Materials: Sterling Silver, Sapphires, and Blue Topaz
Dimensions: 1.25 x .75 x .625 inches










Friday, December 30, 2011

RING No. 364

I spent the entire day in the studio working on today's ring. I have given the ring the name "Ogretta" in memory of my late grandmother, Ogretta Till. The flowers are reminiscent of the arrangement that was at her memorial service (there wasn't a funeral). The floral arrangement was done by Brenda Harley, my former employer and dear friend. She did a wonderful job!!! In the arrangement, there were various shades of pink flowers in several sizes. It represented my grandmother perfectly. There are four flowers in the ring to represent the four roles I saw her in throughout her life: Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She excelled in all four! The past seven months have been very rough as I went through the grieving process. (as I have said before, this was the first real loss I have ever had)

I am still not out of the woods yet, but it is definitely much better now.

The flowers are made of fine silver, the bands/stems are made of sterling silver, and there are Pink Tourmalines (the larger stones) and Rubies (the smaller stones) set in the center of each flower. One flower has tiny granules of sterling silver around the set stone.

I vowed to make my grandmother a ring twice (see Ring No. 144 and  Ring No. 264), but fear of not making one that was "good enough" by my standards and lack of time most days prevented me from doing so until now. I am  very happy with the ring and I think she would love it if she saw it.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Fine Silver, sterling silver, Pink Tourmalines, and Rubies
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches











The Making Process: 


I drew floral designs on Tracing paper....

..pasted the tracing paper to the metal and cut the flowers out....

then came the soldering....