Pat Accorinti Jewelry Design

An Update

Posted in Business of Art, My Work, Uncategorized by paccorinti on September 19, 2014

Wow, when I retired over a year ago, I thought I would spend much more time writing blog posts but little did I know that I would be busier than ever! I’ve got to travel, learned new skills, attended a great conference and spend more time with my family. This summer has been busier as we are doing a complete update to our backyard and pool. I think I might have to go back to work to get some rest!

As of March, I have been showing my jewelry in the Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos, CA. It’s a co-op gallery with 13 painters, a ceramic artist and me. I work in the gallery 2 days each month which has been really fun. I have met so many new people and acquired new customers. If you are in town, stop by and check out all the wonderful art.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery

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The Viewpoints Gallery located in Los Altos, CA

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Working With BronzClay

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on June 19, 2013

I have been teaching a metal clay class through Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation for the last year and this session we have been experimenting with bronze and copper. I have fired quite a bit of bronze clay in my Paragon SC2 kiln but I bought a new Paragon kiln, one with a brick interior and exposed elements. I wanted this kiln because bronze and copper take higher temperatures and longer firing time. What I wasn’t prepared for, though, was the difference in the firing schedules. After some initial failures, I have gone back to the SC2 to fire my student’s work, to get more consistent firing results.

I fired my first samples in the new kiln using the temperature suggested in the BronzClay package. Things came out blistered and lots of cracks and broken pieces. I was able to mend a couple of things but most went into the “recycle” bag.

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I then did some research and found some information on the Cool Tools website about firing schedules.
I adjusted the firing schedule by slowing the ramp and lowering the temperature by almost 50 degrees. I still had problems with cracking. It seemed like the metal was sintered because the test strips of metal could be bent to 90 degrees. At that point I decided to go back to my SC2. I fired the bronze clay with the schedule I had previously used with success,

I still had some cracking with the open work pieces but these were easily repairable. Now I just need to see if I can figure out how the two kilns heat and hold temperature differently to see if I can fire successfully in the brick kiln.

August!

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on July 31, 2012

Can’t believe that August is almost here. This summer has been so hectic with all the travel. The conference was wonderful, really energizing, but we left for vacation so soon after I got home that I didn’t get to funnel that energy into anything creative. Of course, we saw lots of wonderful art in Europe but I was exhausted when we got home. I have finally gotten some work done. I’m doing a beginning metal clay workshop  for the Santa Cruz Museum on the 18th so I have been working on some samples and also some new textures for the participants to use. I’ll post pictures when I have something done.

This is the side entrance to the Sagrada Famila by Antoni Gaudi. It’s scheduled to be finished in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. I just had to include something from our vacation.

New Year!

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on January 5, 2012

I’ve really neglected the blog. I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions this year but maybe I’ll try to update this more often. The kitchen is nearly done. I’ have to post some pictures soon. I haven’t done much in the way of jewelry since before the holidays but I need to start think of Open Studios.

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Gearing Up!

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on February 19, 2011

The holidays are over. I’ve spent a few weekends skiing and now I’m ready to get back into the swing of creating. I’ll be participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios in May and it’s time to start working on some inventory.

I have been following the Ring a Week group and now it looks like there is a ring a month group. I guess that might be more my speed. I made a few rings last fall for CITS. I sold my favorites so I think I’ll try to make a few more. Maybe not a ring a week but maybe a ring a month.

Back to Wordpress

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on February 14, 2011

I have been working on a new website. I was trying out the iWeb software that came with my Mac and the website templates come with a blog page. I tried posting to it a couple of times but I am giving up and I’ll just use this blog for now. It is so much easier!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. I haven’t really planned to do anything special but I have noticed lots of my artist friends have have posted. Check out Lorena Angulo’s blog. She has a give-away of a beautiful bronze heart necklace done in her milagro style. I just love it. Check it out. If you post a comment to her site, you get a chance to win it for yourself!
http://blog.lorenaangulo.com/2011/02/queen-of-hearts-giveaway-for-valentines.html

Mi Corazon by Lorena Angulo

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The Art of Running a Business

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on August 25, 2010

At the PMC Conference this summer, I attended a couple of presentations related to the business of making and selling jewelry.  Susan Dilger’s presentation, The Art of Positioning and Pricing your Product, was really good. Susan worked in retail for many years, so she has a unique perspective for artists trying to sell their jewelry.  I really need some coaching on this, so I really appreciated everything she had to say. I already do some of the things that she suggests but I will have to try to be more organized about thinking of this as a real business and not just a hobby. Susan recommended Harriete Estel Berman’s blog, Ask Harriete for more information. Estele is a metals artist who lives in the San Francisco bay area. She also has some great insights. Her post about meeting with the IRS was eye opening!

The other presenter at the conference who talked about the business of crafts was Bruce Baker. He has been a jewelry maker and gallery owner and now spends much of his time coaching artists about selling their work. He was so entertaining. Selling is my least favorite thing but Bruce had lots of tips and insights that made the topic very interesting. He sells sets of CDs with his talks about selling, setting up an effective booth and how to get into juried shows from his website. Definitely worth listening to.

Back to School!

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on August 19, 2010

I can’t believe that I’m going back to work tomorrow. This summer has been full! We left for Barcelona the day school got out and had a wonderful week. We even got to spend a couple of days in Munich and I visited with cousins I haven’t seen for 35 years! I only got to spend a couple of days at home again before taking off to Idaho to stay with my sister while she recuperated from hip surgery. She’s doing great, thank you! The drive up and back was great, lot’s of beautiful scenery. I was home for a couple of weeks. Got to see the Birth of the Impressionism exhibit at the De Young and got some things done around the house before going to West Lafayette, Indiana for the PMC Conference. It’s always fun to be with so many like-minded people, learning new things, viewing the wonderful work of the guild members and spending money on new tools, stones and beads. I roomed with my good friends Kathleen Gordon and Susan Shahinian. We had so much fun, I came home filled with ideas and energy.

I didn’t get as much done creatively as I wanted to but I have been back in the studio. Sherry Cordova showed me how to make a die for her hydraulic press. I only got to work on it for one afternoon before she left on vacation but I’m very excited about it. Lots of ideas are swimming through my head. But for now, I have to put myself in the “back-to-school” mode and start thinking about a line of work. 🙂

Charms for Charity

Posted in Uncategorized by paccorinti on July 19, 2010

Next week I’ll be traveling to Indiana to attend the PMC Conference at Purdue University. I’m really excited to be going again as it is one of the largest gatherings of people who love making metal clay jewelry. There will be conference sessions led by the important artists in the field, lots of networking with people who I only know from Facebook or the Yahoo Metal Clay Gallery Group and fun with my friends who will also be attending.

One of the events that happens is the Charms for Charity Raffle. Over 30 bracelets have been created from charms created and donated by artists from the metal clay community in memory of a member who died from cancer. The bracelets will be raffled off to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the Marrow Foundation. The first raffle took place at the last conference in 2008 and $12,270 was raised.

Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20. The tickets will be sold at the conference or by purchasing them online.  Purchase raffle tickets online here.

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One of the bracelets being raffled off.

Summer!

Posted in Family, Travel, Uncategorized by paccorinti on July 4, 2010

It seems that after SVOS in May, time just flew. The end of the school year is always a blur and I get to spend very little time on my own projects. We planned to leave on vacation the day school got out, June 11. We flew to Barcelona and spent 5 lovely days exploring the city. There is just so much art to see! I especially enjoyed the many buildings designed by Antonio Gaudi. Each day we planned a walking tour that included some of the sights.

La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's last masterpiece

We then left Barcelona for a couple of days in Munich. I have family there that I haven’t seen since I was a teen. Munich is a lovely city and we really didn’t have time to really explore it but I did enjoy meeting up with my cousin, Antonia. She is an architect in Munich and gave us a quick tour around the city center. Much of Munich was destroyed during WW II but they have done a wonderful job of restoring and recreating the buildings were damaged.

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Rathaus Glockenspiel

I was only home for a couple of days before I left to drive to Idaho to help my sister recover from hip surgery. The landscape is a whole different world from Europe but beautiful, none the less.

Jordon Valley, Oregon

The drive was long. I spent the night in Winnemucca, Nevada. The scenery on the second day was amazing. My husband, Jorge, flew up to Lewiston on the following Friday and we will be spending the 4th with my sister’s family. Then we will drive home on Monday. It will be fun to share the drive with Jorge. And I will be really glad to finally be back home for a while.

Tiger Swallowtail butterflies