About Philbert Begay

Philbert Begay is a member of Kinlichinii Natoh Dine’, the Redhouse Tobacco Clan, and he is the son of noted Navajo silversmith Richard Begay. His father was his biggest influence, and he also has been influenced by his uncle Victor Beck, uncle Patrick Taylor and James Little. Philbert learned silver work from his father by polishing and finishing pieces for him as a young boy. He started making jewelry when he was 14 years old, and went out on his own at age 21.

Philbert’s  motifs and pictorial subjects create modern designs using traditional techniques. He has shown at the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Museum Guild, Eiteljorg Museum Show, and more.

After growing up around the art of jewelry and learning many skills from his father, Philbert’s natural talent in silversmthing has given him a name of his own. He is now an expert at overlay, applique, stamp work, cutting, polishing and inlaying stones. Fine saw cuts and detailed stamp work come together to make for an elegant and impressive designs.

After attending the Colorado Institute of Art, Philbert began working with his father part-time and is now a full-time silversmith specializing in sterling silver and 14K gold contemporary Navajo jewelry.

Philbert’s father, Richard Begay passed away on June 1, 2013, He was a tenured artist at Santa Fe Indian Market. He was a born in 1943 and was a professional silversmith since the early 1970’s. During his career Richard won numerous awards. His jewelry is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the Heard Museum as well as many private collections. Phllbert carries on the family tradition and maintains the integrity and quality of work, in memory of his late father and his teachings.


Recent Workshops and Collaborations

January 7th, 2017- The Heard Museum hosted an NJS Demonstration Workshop

October 22th, 2016Heard Museum Moondance fundraiser. Philbert Begay contributed skills to a collaborative purse donation. This beautiful one-of-a-kind silver handbag was with Inlaid coral and turquoise with stampwork.