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!


Monday, October 31, 2011

RING No. 303

Today I skyped with my mom. Then I went to the park and read for a little while. It was kind of chilly but I had a cozy blanket. When the sun started to go behind the trees, I went home to finish reading. I took a small nap and then went to see Dave for a short while. We put together an awesome Vintage Ghostbusters puzzle and had a snack. I then went to the studio to make tonight's ring. I am super tired and a bit overwhelmed by all the things I have to do this week. Let's see...I have a presentation tomorrow, I have to finish the October yo yo piece for my thesis by tomorrow, move out of my apartment in the next 2 days, grade my students work, attend a few meetings (one of which I have to do a bit of reading for.), prepare for the next set of demos for the class I am teaching, along with starting the new November piece and a few more things I am probably forgetting to ad to the list of things to do. Ahhh! Stress......However, I just remembered that at the end of the week our seminar group is taking an art field trip to Pittsburgh. I have never been so I am pretty excited. If I can just make it through the week, then the weekend should be pretty relaxing and fun.

Tonight's ring is the Acorn ring. My dad gave me the little metal piece that reads "ACORN"...I found the cap on the ground outside of the studio.....the ceramic bead was made by me out of clay from around my grandfather's pond (down the road from his farm), I think the black coated wire came from Sid. Thanks guys!

This ring is fitting for my life in Kent because there are tons of Acorns and tons of squirrels.

Thanks for reading,

Materials: Found metal object, coated wire, acorn cap, handmade ceramic bead, and sterling silver
Dimensions: .75 x .5 x 1.25 inches

Saturday, October 29, 2011

RING No. 302

Today was a good day. It was perfect weather outside! I went and met with my new landlord this morning and picked up the key! I worked in the studio for a while and then ran some errands and at dinner/watched some TV with Dave.

Tonight's ring is made from a found metal object that Billy gave me. I put a coating of wax on the inside and now the ring resembles a waxing crescent moon, waxing gibbons moon, or a waning gibbons moon.

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Found Metal object (Brass and Steel) and Wax
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x .375 inches

RING No. 301

Today I met a student at school for a demonstration, gave a presentation for the annual Grad Gathering, and worked on today's ring. I got a little nap in today, which was very helpful. Today's ring is a Flying Pet Pteranodon Ring. He is yellow and is made of rubber. I made a humane harness for him out of an old Yo Yo string that broke a week ago. It detaches from the leash with some metal findings I acquired a while back. There is a stability bar made out of sterling silver and an aluminum tube that functions to hold the string knot. Thanks again to Noreen Miller for the rubber dinosaur (other was steggy)

Thanks for visiting! Goodnight!

Materials: Rubber Dinosaur, Yo-Yo string (was broken), Found metal findings, sterling silver wire, and aluminum tubing
Dimensions:  11.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches

Thursday, October 27, 2011

RING No. 300

Today was a long day. I was at school for ten hours. I taught class, worked on my silver box, went to a Co-Op meeting, and made my ring.

Tonight's ring is a bubble blowing ring! I have been wanting to make one for a while and today when I saw Kathleen she gave me the little orange piece! I was super excited!.....The ring has a container of Orange scented bubble solution with it!

Thanks for reading!

Materials: Sterling Silver and Plastic
Dimensions: 3.75 x 1 x .5 inches

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

RING No. 299

I could have slept 3 more hours this morning, but I had to wake up for seminar. Surprisingly, I made it through the entire day WITHOUT a nap! I did have an iced coffee (light on the sugar and sans whip cream!) though, which probably helped. It was a very productive day! I finished the wedding band commission (except for final polishing which I intend to do tomorrow), worked on my thesis piece for the month of October (I'm making a Sweet silver box that will hold yo yo string and wax), made a ring, did some cleaning, and stopped by the glass studio.

I mentioned a few posts back that I recieved a package from my dad. Well, tonight's ring is made from a piece of wood that was in the pkg. He was renovating a house and found a knot in some wood that he was tearing out. Well, the knot had a hole in it so he saved it for me! The piece of wood was about 4 inches in diameter, so obviously I cut a good bit off. I filed and sanded it until I got the desired shape. I sealed it with some paste wax and Voila! Now it is a two finger (or one finger for someone with larger fingers) wooden ring!

Thanks for reading!

Materials: Wood
Dimensions: 2 x 2 x .75 inches

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RING No. 298

I taught class and worked in the studio for the first part of the day. Then Dave and I went to pick out pumpkins at a nearby farm. We carved them and it was super fun! We put candles inside and took photos of them in the dark! I will post some photos tomorrow hopefully. After that we started putting together a Peanuts puzzle with Linus, Sally, and tons of pumpkins on it (along with Snoopy's shadow) I can't wait to finish it! We got a little more than half way. I went to work in the studio for a while after that. I am pretty tired, but I still have some reading to do for tomorrow morning's seminar meeting.

Tonight's ring is simple but special to me. Noreen Miller gave me a few bags of goodies a few weeks ago. In one of the bags was this blue rubber stegosaurus. I was super excited when I got it, because I wanted to make a ring out of it. Also, because Dave loves Dinosaurs! :).....So I found a simple way to make it into a ring (with monofilament and crimp beads) so that it looks like the Dino just stopped to rest on your fingers! Hehehe....Old Steggy.  It makes me think of this necklace I made for Dave, it has a tiny steg hanging from a ball chain.

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Rubber Stegosaurus, Monofilament, Silver Crimp Beads
Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x .5 inches

Monday, October 24, 2011

RING No. 297

Today's ring is made of found bubble wrap, plastic, and thread. It is a jellyfish! :)

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Bubble wrap, found plastic, thread, and hot glue
Dimensions: 9 x 2 x 2 inches

Sunday, October 23, 2011

RING No. 296

I worked in the studio today, Yo-Yo-ed with Dave, and packed/sorted up a bunch of stuff for my upcoming move to a new apartment. It was nice outside and I kind of wish I could have spent some time outdoors.

Today's ring is made of found objects. I call it "Goldish Things"....this is the counterpart to Ring No. 290......"Silvery Stuff". :)

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Found Objects (Key, Computer parts, vintage pin, safety pins, and earring parts)
Dimensions: 1.5 x 2 x .25 inches

Saturday, October 22, 2011

RING No. 295

Tonight's ring is made from some rubber that Danielle gave me. Thanks Danielle. I created the ring and setting from sterling silver and set the tangled mess of rubber inside. I wanted to call it "Captured Slime" but I think I am changing it to "Seaweed"

Today was a nice day. I worked in the studio and got a chance to hang out with Dave. The weather was absolutely wonderful. Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Rubber (Dragon Skin) and Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.25 x .75 inches

Friday, October 21, 2011

RING No. 294

Me and my mom checked out of the hotel this morning and then ran a few errands and went on our journey to find interesting things on the way to the airport...we went through several towns such as Hartville, Cairo, Plain, North Canton, Canton, and Massillon. We had a great time stopping at thrift stores and a great Old fashioned restaurant called "Susanna's" (which is also my sisters name, hence the reason we noticed it and stopped)....It was really delicious! We got some really good deals and some awesome goodies along the way. I dropped my mom off a little before 5 (she barely got there in time for her flight!) and came back to kent. I had a great time with my mom this week. I will miss her very much. I am however excited to spend some time with my boyfriend, David (If you're reading, I've missed you Dave!). I am also excited to pack all my stuff up to prepare for moving! Yay! Thanks mom for helping me find a place and get some stuff done! :)

Thanks for reading! Goodnight to you all! :)

Materials: Yellow Acetate
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.5 x .5 inches

Thursday, October 20, 2011

RING No. 293

Went to the studio this morning with my mom and then taught class. Went for a quick shopping trip for a few necessities for my new apt., then worked on some flyers for the Jewelry Sale and attended the meeting (which got pretty heated on the subject of whether or not we should accept Pay Pal at the sale this year). Usually we just take Cash or Check. After the meeting, my mom picked me up and we came back to the hotel. She went to Jubilee doughnuts today and I got to eat some when I got in! They are so delicious. Definitely the best doughnuts I have had since I moved to Ohio!.....We had reheated Thai and started watching the Goonies. It is one of my all time favorite movies!.....I am pretty excited about tomorrow. My mom and I are going to drive around Amish Country and try and visit a few thrift stores. After that I will take her to the airport so she can start the journey home to South Carolina. I have had fun with her the past week!

Tonight's ring is made from a bearing that my grandfather (Grandy) gave me the last time I was home for a visit. He uses them as tractor parts and in other machinery around the farm. It was heavily rusted, but I thoroughly sanded the inside so that there is no rust touching the finger. The other day, Danielle gave me some rubber that she had as scrap when finishing her piece with dragon skin (type of rubber). I cut it into pieces and wrapped one around the outside of the bearing. Thanks for the rubber Danielle! PS: The bearing still works perfectly and the ring can turn and spin if you push it!

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Rusted Ball Bearing, Rubber

Here is a sneak peak of the flyers I designed for the Sale. Not sure if they'll be chosen or not, but we'll see!....I still have to put in the Date/Time/Place, but that is a last minute thing. :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

RING No. 292

This morning I took my car to the shop and Natalie gave me a ride to school. Thanks again Nat P!...I worked in the studio from 8:45am until 6pm...It was a long day, but I got a lot done!.....I met with my professor to talk about my thesis work, fixed a bunch of jewelry for my mom, made my ring for today, and jotted down some ideas. I got a ride from Kathleen to go get my car and ended up waiting for a little over an hour for them to finish. Thanks Kathleen! I paid an arm and a leg tonight when I got the car back, but I guess it had to be done. One good thing is that I snagged some little rubber Goodyear blimps in various colors. Look for a ring made of them soon!.....I came back to the hotel and picked up my mom and we went to Taco Tontos. Dave made us the most delicious food! Thanks Dave!......We then went to Katie's Korner for ice cream, I got Strawberry Cheesecake! It was the first time I tried that flavor and it was so yummy!.....Then we stopped by my house and I found that I had a package! It was sent from my stepdad....(Thanks Mr. Sid!) it was the cake my mom baked for me but forgot to bring on the plane! It's my late birthday(coffee) cake! My mom bakes a lot of awesome things but her coffee cake is my favorite!....Now we are relaxing in the Hotel...I am pretty tired.

Tonight's ring is a baby penguin with a top hat. A while back when I was bummed about something, Dave used that phrase and it really cheered me up! I refer back to those words often and it makes me smile. I knew I was going to make a ring about it someday and today was the day! I haven't figured out what his name should be,......I wanna ask Dave his opinion...Isn't the penguin cute though? :)

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Sterling Silver, Copper, and patina
Dimensions: .875 x .75 x .75 inch