2018 Schedule

Saturday December 9th - The Annual Bead Society Holiday Party

The Bead Society Annual Holiday party Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Bowers Kidseum

Mark your calendar for Saturday December 9th for the Bead Society's Annual Member Holiday Party. The festivities begin at 10AM and continue until around 1PM. Be sure to turn in your Bead Challenge submission at the party for judging in different categories by your peers and presentation of awards. Above all, don't forget a nice bead for the bead exchange (around a $15. value) in a plain brown paper bag.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Lynn Ayres

Lynn Ayres on traditional tribal jewelry February 2018 at the Bead Society

Lynn Ayres is an expert on traditional tribal jewelry from the Middle East.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Darryl Dean Begay

Darryl Dean Begay on silversmithing March 2018 at the Bead Society

Header Image Credits: Carol Webb, Mountain-Robbins, Annette Hernandez

When Darryl was in college in Arizona, he thought about a career in accounting. But in the summer of 1997, between his sophomore and junior years, he worked by the side of his uncle, silversmith Bobby Begay. The one-month stint changed his college major, as well as the course of his life, and he realized that carving and designing came naturally to him in a way accounting never could.

Darryl uses the traditional Navajo tufa casting process which dates back to the 1850's and requires the artist to carve a double-sided design into the tufa before pouring in molten gold or silver. He then combines the intricate metal work with his favorite high-grade stones. Begay has been taught tufa casting and lapidary by some of the best - Bobby Begay, Raymond Yazzie, Vernon Haskie, and Robert Sorrel. He continually remains open to new ideas.