I know this is kind of short and sweet, but i needed to find something to do while I wait for glue to dry! As of this morning I have all 20 segmented rings glued. I'm now working on gluing the rings together to form the hollow vessel blank.
...and since this is such a short little status update, here's another picture to give you an idea of where this piece is going.
yes, you are seeing it right, there is going to be a big hole on one side.