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!


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RING No. 333

I am about to head home from the studio. I have been at school since I am pretty tired. After getting only 6 hrs. of sleep last night it is a miracle no coffee or naps were required to make it through the day. I taught class this morning and then worked in my studio for the rest of the day. I still have to finish designing a flyer for GSS (Graduate Student Senate). We are having a design competition for a logo and or motto for our organization. I am the senator that represents the art department grads.

Tonight's ring is made from a static cling sticker (once read "Student Driver") that Don King gave me. Thanks so much Don! I used aluminum, plastic, and grommets from the studio to complete the ring.

Materials: Plastic, Aluminum, Static Cling Sticker, and Grommets(aluminum)
Dimensions: 4 x 3.25 x 2.75 inches

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

RING No. 332

Wow, what a long day. I am finally about to go home after being here at the studio for almost 13 hours. It would be nice to stay and work a bit longer because I am extremely behind, but I need to get some rest so that I will not oversleep tomorrow. It may be raining during the walk home, but I have no fear, because of my Hunter Wellington boots! :)

Tomorrow I am demonstrating casting for the remainder of my class along with demonstrating rubber molding to the entire class. Twill be another long but productive day tomorrow. This week I am trying to get better at my time management. I really have a lot that I need to accomplish this week including a research paper for Art History. I hope to squeeze in some time at the gym :)

There are 4 more days of the Jewelry Sale Left! I hope I can sell some things!

Yesterday I mentioned buying holiday gifts on Etsy, but I also want to emphasize Ebay as well as Thrift stores! Ebay is awesome, and also is supporting small business owners as well as people like you and me who may be selling their unwanted belongings to make a bit of extra cash. Thrift stores often use their money to help the community or a certain non profit organization. You can find antique and vintage goods at low prices and give a unique gift for the ones you love. I am trying to buy my holiday gifts on Etsy and Ebay this year. (Last year I handmade gifts and bought at thrift stores and on ebay)

Tonight's ring is a set of two monsters (made from plastic drippings left over from when I poured plastic for my yo yo.) wrapped in steel wire. I call it "Short Monster, Tall Monster".

Thanks for reading, Goodnight or should I say Good morning :)

Materials: Plastic, Steel, and Acrylic paint
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.5 x .75 inches

Monday, November 28, 2011

RING No. 331

Today Dave and I went to Cleveland. We visited the Cleveland Yo Yo Club, Star Pop, Tower City, Big Fun, and Tommy's (for dinner). I had a really nice time. It was good to get out of Kent for a while and spend time with him. :)

Tonight's ring is the Go Green! ring. All the objects that make up the ring were found or discarded objects collected by myself or acquired from friends. I encourage everyone to try and be GREENER in their everyday lives. Thank you to the people that contributed items that went into making this ring! (Noreen, Dave, April, and Kathleen)

Here are some things you can do:
Buy local Groceries
Reuse Bags
Fix Water Leaks
Share Car Rides
Turn off Lights when you are not using them
Choose to walk
Ride a bike
Reduce waste!
Use Public Transportation
Maintain Tire Pressure
Use Efficient Light Bulbs
Insulate your home
Adjust your thermostat
Plant Trees

I also want to encourage you to buy handmade gifts this year! Check out for wonderful things for your whole family! Support Artists and makers instead of wealthy corporations!

Materials: Found and discarded objects, Plastic, aluminum, and string
Dimensions: 3.25 x 2.25 x .5 inches

Sunday, November 27, 2011

RING No. 330

I spent today in the studio working....I then went to have dinner with Dave and his family. We went to Longhorn. It was delicious. I came back to the studio and made this simple ring with interchangeable primary color pegs. Thanks to Noreen Miller for the pegs.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight

Materials: Found plastic
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1 x 1 inch

Saturday, November 26, 2011

RING No. 329

Today I woke up and went to the studio. I worked for a while until April came to visit. We went to my house and ate some dinner and watched Robin Hood! It was awesome! We then went back to the studio so I could make tonight's ring. Since today was Black Friday, I decided to make a ring about it!.....I cut letters from soda can tabs and attached them onto a rubber ring with Aluminum jump rings. I also put a little plastic black cat on the ring to.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Aluminum, Rubber, and Plastic
Dimensions: 3 x 3 x .25 inches

Thursday, November 24, 2011

RING No. 328

Today I had thanksgiving with Dave and his mom. She made the most delicious food! We had turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, rolls, red grapes, and two kinds of pie (blackberry and pumpkin).

Tonight's ring is made from wood that I cut out and then colored with Prismacolor Pencils.

Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

Materials: Wood, Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x .25 inches

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

RING No. 327

Today's ring is made of found plastic rings.

I decided to stay in Ohio for Thanksgiving break. I have a good bit of studio work/Art history research paper to do. I miss my family and wish I could see them this week, however I am going to eat thanksgiving dinner with Dave and his mom tomorrow and that is pretty exciting!

Thanks for reading, Goodnight.

Materials: Found plastic
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x .5 inches

RING No. 326

The Golden Bacon Ring.

I cut a bacon shape from Ebony (wood) and painted it with gesso. Then I painted bacon meat colors and then a coat of gold. It is set in sterling silver.

Materials: Wood, Paint, Sterling Silver
Dimensions: 2 x 1 x .5 inches

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RING No. 325

Today I finished watching the rest of Inconvenient truth (I fell asleep last night), took a nap, did some reading for my art history class, met with Emma for our RTR project, worked in the studio, went to class, carved/sculpted some wax, and then invested the wax carving.

Tonight's ring is made from copper. I hammered, cut, filed, and sanded it.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight

Materials: Copper
Dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5 x .125 inches

Monday, November 21, 2011

RING No. 324

The weather was kind of blah today, so I was glad to be inside. :)

I worked in the studio, cast with Cam and Jess, graded my students work, went to my old apartment with Dave to move out the remaining 3 items (Bike, Table, and TV), watched an Inconvenient Truth (For my Land and Environmental Art History Class), took a short nap, and made today's ring.

Tonight's ring is made from a casting of cork in plastic. The band is a thick monofilament.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Cork, Plastic, and monofilament
Dimensions: 1.25 x 1.25 x 1.5 inches

Saturday, November 19, 2011

RING No. 323

Today I worked in the studio and then spent some time with Dave (put together a Where's Waldo puzzle/set up my TV/digital converter/antennae, and ate dinner). Later i came back to the studio and worked on my thesis goodies and made today's ring. I created this ring with steel wire and melted plastic.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight

Materials: Steel and Melted plastic
Dimensions: 4 x 1.25 x 1.25 inches

Friday, November 18, 2011

RING No. 322

Today I slept in and then went to the studio. I have been here ever since. I cleaned my studio space, worked on my thesis work, took a short break to walk to the next building for Steve's show (Which was awesome by the way!), invested my ring model with Jess and Cam, made a Birthday gift for a friend, and made today's ring.

A few days ago, I took apart a necklace that I made last year. The tiny silver pieces in tonight's ring came from that necklace. I connected them together with brass wire.

Thanks for reading, Goodnight!

Materials: Sterling silver and Brass
Dimensions: 1.5 x 1.5 x .5 inch

RING No. 321

Today was a busy day......I taught class this morning, then met with a potential grad, had some delicious Guys Pizza/Salad for lunch, worked in the studio, went to the Small Works Opening at the Downtown Gallery, Got some yummy eats from Taco Tantos (Thanks Dave!) Cleaned up my house a bit, and then went back to the studio.

Tonight's ring is made of copper. The little pieces move about and it makes this ring super fun!

Thanks for reading! Goodnight!

Materials: Copper and patina
Dimensions: 2.25 x 1.75 x .3125 inches