Tabitha Ott: Blog

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Originally started in 2011 to document a Ring-A-Day project, I now plan to use it for updates concerning my work and life! Follow for notifications of new posts!


Saturday, April 30, 2011

RING No. 120

Thanks to Krista Rickert for giving me the plastic skewer piece that makes up the band and the base pole inside of the aluminum tubing. The gears and spring were all found at Winthrop University circa 2007( except for the silver toned one, which came from a scrap bin at Metalliferous in NYC). The top cap was found here in Kent, Ohio.

The spring is very soft and allows the gears to move up and down when pressure is applied.

Materials: found plastic, found steel, found aluminum
Dimensions: 4.25 x 1.25 x 1.25 inches

Friday, April 29, 2011

RING No. 119

Had a great time tonight going to the BFA show and seeing the awesome work of people like Tish Olmstead, Rachel Rosky, Lauri Liszak, Nick Froelich, Greg Willet among others. I also got to see Jenny Nunley's awesome work at the 425 gallery as well as play dress up on the skate ramp and have a dance party with some awesome girls!.......

Tonight's ring is made of various donated and found objects. A special thanks to April Bachtel for the wooden piece with string and also thanks to Steve Piontkowski for the superb glass form!

Materials: glass form, glass beads, found wooden/string object, found plastic
Dimensions: 2.25 x 1.75 x .75 inches

Thursday, April 28, 2011

RING No. 118

Today's ring is dedicated to all my friends who are fans of the Cavs(Cleveland Cavaliers)....but especially Hangtime.......Hope you all like it! :)

I found this styrofoam ball (previously an antenna topper for a car) at an antique store in the Coventry area of Cleveland....It must be pretty old, because it has 76 on one side which was a gas station chain that existed years ago..I believe it has turned into Circle K now...although it was a little beat up, I thought it was perfect for a ring....and it only cost 50 cents!.....Anywho, I created a silver band and setting for the ball. There are four prongs that hold the lightweight ball into place. I don't follow sports much, but here in Kent and the surrounding areas, it is a BIG deal. I have decided to make 3 rings commemorating the awesome team spirit and support that my friends have for a)the Cavs, b)the Browns, and c)the Indians....So look for an indians and browns ring soon! If you have memorabilia that you would like to donate, let me know! because I will be making them out of found objects.

Thanks for reading!

Materials: found styrofoam, sterling silver
Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

RING No. 117

What a long and tiresome day.....I don't even feel like typing everything I did. Ha!...I'm just a bit overwhelmed...

This ring is an Octolope Ring. Some of my friends in Kent are in a band with that name. Thank you to Billy for the tennis ball that was chewed to shreads by his dog Emma. I used found wood for the antlers, found soft stuffing for the insides, and paint on paper for the eyes. Thanks for reading! Good Night!

Materials: tennis ball, wood, paper, paint, thread, glue, found stuffing
Dimensions: 4.5 x 5 x 2 inches

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RING No. 116

I found the mini pine cones today on campus while walking with Sarah Jane. Sarah Jane is awesome! This ring is dedicated to her. It is also dedicated to my dad, who gave me the wood (walnut). The cradle I was laid in as a baby is made from the same walnut wood. A while back, my dad gave me some scraps. Thanks Dad!

P.S.....I finally got the video of yesterday's ring uploaded....check out the bottom of the post!

Materials: mini pine cones, walnut, wood glue
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x .75 inches

Monday, April 25, 2011

RING No. 115

Today's ring is made from an FM transmitter I got from FIVE BELOW for using in the car to play my ipod. It no longer worked well, so I decided to take it apart. I sawed notches at each end for the wires to fit into. Next, I attached flags made of construction paper that was painted and glued to each wire in a corresponding color. I call it "Electronic Flagship". At the bottom of this post is a video.... Thanks for reading! Have a great day!...Ok the video isn't uploading. If you really want to see it, check back tomorrow! :)

Materials: discarded electronic transmitter, construction paper, acrylic paint, and rubber cement.
Dimensions: 3.25 x 1.5 x 2.5 inches

Sunday, April 24, 2011

RING No. 114

Today I picked up a FREE TV, VCR, and movies in Ravenna....went to eat breakfast with my buddy, Steve P.........Took a much needed nap......skyped with my mom and step-dad....went to see the movie HOP......went to the studio.....and made a ring. So, needless to say, it was a relaxing, enjoyable day. The weather was kind of yucky (rain!), but ever since I got my rubber boots, I welcome it! At least it wasn't cold. It was quite warm. Thanks for reading! Good night!

This ring was made in memory of all the cool and fun Easter crafts I used to do at Church as a kid. This specific bunny is reminiscent of one that is at my mom's house (saw it over spring break)....I love construction paper!

Materials: Construction paper, cotton, elmer's glue, sharpie marker, and paint
Dimensions: 3 x 1.75 x 1 inches

Saturday, April 23, 2011

RING No. 113

A few weeks ago, I went to the gym with Alli. They were giving out these fold over KSU buttons at the front desk. I looked through them and took one of each. I finally got the chance to make them into a KSU spirit ring! I cut the fold over part off and drilled holes in each. Then I used brass jump rings to attach them to a blue chain (The same type that I used in Ring No. 35.) I love KSU! Go Flashes!

Material: powder coated chain, found objects, brass
Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x .25 inches

Friday, April 22, 2011

RING No. 112

Today I got to see April Bachtel and she gave me some goodies she had collected. One of the items was a little paper umbrella. I thought it was fitting for today's ring because of all the rain that we have had. The plastic part is a piece from a super glue bottle. 

Materials: found umbrella (paper/rubber/wood), found plastic
Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 1 inches (closed)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RING No. 111

Today's ring is made from an animal cracker box. The Lilly Pulitzer edition! I cut the original box, scored, folded, and fixed it with brass brads my mom gave me. I attached part of the original string and then cut animals out of the remaining pieces.

The weather in Kent is Perfect today! Sunshine! I wish I could have been outside frolicking in the grass.....maybe this weekend if it is still nice!

Thanks for reading! I'm off to make spaghetti and meatballs...yum!

Materials: Cardboard, Brass, Cotton String
Dimensions: 2 x 1.25 x .375 inches

RING No. 110

I got the giant metal paper clip from Janice Mueller over spring break. I also found the bottle cap over spring break in the NoDa neighborhood.

The shape of the metal piece mimics the shape of the yellow ribbon on the cap.

Materials: Giant metal paper clip, bottle cap
Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x .75 inches

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RING No. 109

Today I got some errands done that desperately needed accomplishing. I went to get my dress for Angie's wedding altered, went grocery shopping, and dropped my bike off at Marty's to get the back tire fixed. Later, I got to have coffee with Steve Piontkowski. We had a good chat about art and stuff! I got to show him the three rings from my series that had objects he contributed. This was the 3rd time I have been to starbucks in the past week! I went to the studio to get some work done and made my ring. Now I'm about to go to Guac's for Lori Gipson's Birthday! Happy Birthday Lori!

Tonight's ring is made from a cap off of a Starbucks Frappucino that Dave Scharlotte gave to me. This ring is dedicated to him (Ironically, because Dave doesn't really care for or ever go to Bucks).  Thanks Dave! :)

Materials: Metal cap, leather, and thread
Dimensions: 2.125 x 1.75 x 1 inches