General Meeting SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019

Guest Speaker - Alison Carter

We are excited to welcome guest speaker, Alison Carter PhD to our September meeting. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She was also a PBS grant recipient in the past. She will be our September guest speaker.

Dr. Carter is an anthropological archaeologist with interests in East and South Asia materials and craft technology. She specializes in ritual, religion, trade, exchange and bead studies.

She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon. She also is the Principal Investigator and Project Co-Director of P’teah, Cambodia, an archaeological project in Cambodia.

Dr. Carter has provided this summary of her presentation:

Around 500 B.C. people in South Asia (primarily India and Sri Lanka) began interacting with people in Southeast Asia. Some of the earliest indicators of this contact are stone and glass beads that were imported from South Asia and widely traded across Southeast Asia. These beads were important symbols of prestige and power. In this presentation, Dr. Carter discusses her study of beads from 12 archaeological sites in Cambodia and Thailand and illuminates what can be learned from those beads about early trade networks, various means of exchange, as well as who may have been facilitating such trading and wearing the beads.

We are looking forward to this intellectual and fascinating presentation on September 24th’s general meeting.



Rummage in your garage, workroom, studio and closets.

We are looking for items for a monthly raffle. Proceeds will go toward the monthly meeting. They can be bead, craft, house, or just cool stuff related.

MONTHLY RAFFLE, BRING CASH. Tickets will be $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

General Meetings are held at Multnomah Art Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. For more information and directions go to Meetings.


We are offering several classes during the course of the Bead Bazaar Plus. For more information GO HERE.


Please see the new policy/protocol on how the PBS is promoting beading classes in our media.  We developed it to encourage more beading classes.  A regular question people ask is “where can I find beading classes”.  We have members who teach and bead stores that are owned by PBS members who host and promote classes in beading.  The more classes the better!  If you used to teach, here is a way to easily get the word out and teach again.  If you are new to teaching, go for it, with these tools for advertising! This protocol is also found on this website at at, the Portland Bead Society Facebook Page and the January 2019 Newsletter .  

 Selling on the PBS Facebook page.

Long needed and long awaited, PBS now has a policy on what things are ok to post. It was created to help people understand that the PBS Facebook page is not a place to promote their own work/products/business.  Why? You may ask.  Because it IS a place to post your jewelry or bead related creations as “bragging rights”, discuss all things beads, share techniques, and connect with this wonderful beading community!  There are lots of other venues for selling.  We hope this will avoid confusion and encourage folks to post without confusion that their post might be considered advertising.  And hopefully, it will keep people from complaining that something “looks like” advertising.


PBS Traveling Library Show at Hillsdale Library

PBS Traveling Library Show at Hillsdale Library

This year our challenge had the theme - "Change".


We are excited to announce the October 12 and 13, 2019 Bead Bazaar Plus event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Portland, OR.  This is a NEW DATE and NEW VENUE for the first time in our 30 year history of the Bead Bazaar. 

Location: 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, Oregon. Enter parking via NE 9th Ave or NE 11th Ave.

Hours: Saturday October 12, 10 AM- 6 PM

Sunday October 13, 10 AM- 4 PM

Admission: $5, children under 5 free

To read more about this event and to download application forms click HERE.

The postcard above is linked to a downloadable PDF and we would be very happy for you to copy and print the card for publicity purposes. For the front of the postcard click HERE. For the back click HERE..

Margaret Scovil Challenge 2018

Here's a group photo of the contestants for last year's PBS Bead Retreat challenge.

Margaret Scoville Challenge 2018 Contestants



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