Carol Ott


From an early age, creativity in some form has been a part of Carol’s life. Her first experience with beading began at eight when a bad case of bronchitis kept her bedridden and to stay occupied, she was given a small beading loom. Little did she realize that creating beaded jewelry would ultimately become her passion.


A jewelry artist since 2000, Carol finds all beading techniques enjoyable but “free form” is her favorite.


“I don’t enjoy making the same thing twice so the abstract style of beading is very appealing. It gets my creative juices flowing as I sort through the infinite variety of beads, their colors, finishes, shapes and sizes. Deciding where to take the work next – or let it take me – is the fun and challenging part.”


Although each work seems random, bead placement and color combinations are always in mind. She also likes the crisp clean lines of geometric beading, the very opposite of free form.

“I enjoy the preciseness of it. Every bead has to be in its correct position to create the desired form.” Although she has taken classes to learn beading techniques, Carol is self-taught.

Raised in Oak Ridge, TN, Carol lived in the Washington, DC area where she and her late husband were owners of a corporate art consulting and framing business. She moved to Chattanooga in 2012 where she resides with her three rescue dogs and occasional foster.

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