Betty J. Padilla

  • Navajo (Dine)
  • Jewelry

Hello! My name is Betty Padilla.
I am originally from the Great Navajo Nation. I now reside in Santa Clara Pueblo with my husband and 2 of my children.
I have always wanted to do jewelry work and finally had the opportunity to start taking classes at the POEH Cultural Center before retiring from Wal-Mart.

While at POEH I had the honor of learning from one of the best in the jewelry business- Fritz Casuse.
Also later from an expert in his own right- Eric Fender, along with other guest instructors.

During my time at POEH I have learned and perfected several different types of casting techniques, lapidary use, stone setting, and inlay work, just to name a few.

I have participated in SWAIA Indian Market, SWAIA Winter Market, SEEDS Market, HEARD Museum Market, Native Treasures, and POEH Cultural Center Show.

I am continuing working with my jewelry, that I love to do.....it is my passion!

Sample of Work

Dragonfly Necklace

Dragonfly Necklace

20 1/2" L x 4" W

Jewelry

Starburst

Starburst

16 1/2" x 3.5" W

Jewelry

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

Size 6 x 1.25" W

Jewelry