Pat Accorinti Jewelry Design

Experience Metal!

Posted in Jewelry, Museums, My Work, Shows by paccorinti on August 11, 2012

Are you interested in making jewelry or working with metals? Next weekend, August 17, 18 & 19, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is having a fantastic program with exhibits, demos and hands-on workshops. I’ll be there on Saturday, teaching 2 basic silver clay workshops for beginners. I’m going to show the participants how to texture, shape and fire fine silver metal clay to make earrings, pendants or charms in just 2 hours. If you are interested, check out the SCMAH’s website.

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Jennifer Smith-Righter

Posted in Artists, Jewelry by paccorinti on June 15, 2009

Today Jennifer Smith-Righter (Wearable by Design) presented at the June 14th SFBASilverClay Guild meeting. Jennifer was  a 2009 Saul Bellow finalist and has been experimenting with designs that are mechanical in nature. Her demo had to do with piercing metal clay and how she comes up with and exicutes her mechanical designs.

This pendant was created by pushing clay into a mould, drying and then piercing the metal clay.

This pendant was created by pushing clay into a mould, drying and then piercing the metal clay.

Micro drill bits from Harbor Freight.

Micro drill bits from Harbor Freight.

Jennifer uses very small drill bits purchased at Harbor Freight to drill holes into the corners of the shapes that she wants to remove clay. She then drills more holes between the starting points, connecting the dots. She then uses the moving drill bit like a file to cut a line between the dots until the entire shape has been removed.

Jennifer uses a rubber block to support the piece when using the flex-shaft. The dust she creates with the drill is caught in the plastic tray. She reuses this for slip.

This is another of Jennifer’s designs. The three wheels are all free-moving and connected. The pendant rolls  along the choker wire, like a bicycle on a tight rope. The three wheels are connected to the triangular from with pins created by balling the ends with a torch.

Jennifer uses a Smith Mini torch to ball the ends of the wire. She also showed us another style of connection she makes which includes a small “button” for added detail.

This shows the finished wires after the ends have been balled up with the torch.

This is a new piece that Jennifer is work-

ing on. Each of the parts are interlock-

ing and will move freely when they have

been connected.

It was great to see Jennifer’s work in person and a great demo, too. This was just the creative push I needed to get moving with my own work now that school is out for the summer!

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Silicon Valley Open Studios

Posted in Artists, Shows by paccorinti on May 7, 2009

Our Silicon Valley Open Studios weekend is May 9 & 10, Mother’s Day weekend. Things are shaping up for great weather and most of my pieces are coming together.

I’ll be showing at the home of my friend, Veronica Gross, who does wonderful watercolors. She’s been recovering from surgery for a torn rotator cuff. I must say that even her paintings done with her left hand look great. Four more artists are showing with us this year. Janet Trenchard does assemblages and paintings. She taught art at Independence High School with Veronica and me over ten years ago. Patty Seaborn will be showing her awesome ceramics. Marilynn Host is new to our group this year. She makes whimsical animal sculptures from gourds and paper maché. Both she and Patty have been showing their work at the ACC Craft Show for years. Marilynn is also the organizer of the Christmas in the Studio show that I did last November. And last, but not least, Karen Schroeder will be showing her paintings. She does portraits and figures.

Zinnias in a Jar

Zinnias in a Jar by Veronica Gross


Janet Trenchard


Jar with Handles by Patty Seaborn

Out of our Gourd

Out of our Gourd by Marilynn Host


Woman in a Red Dress by Karen Schroeder

If you are out and about this weekend, Open Studios is a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday looking at art. Mapguides can be found at University Arts stores and many local coffee shops and libraries. Our studio is located at 200 Kimble Ave., Los Gatos 95032. Come enjoy the wonderful weather, Veronica’s gorgeous garden, our art and company! We’ll be glad to see you.