From earliest childhood, sitting around the dinner table discussing Astronomy and the other sciences with my family, I have seen Outer Space as the illustration of how there are no limits to possibilities.  Yes, Flash Gordon, Star Trek, and even the Jetsons played a part, too.  As I began creating sculptural objects, my mind naturally turned to the “off world”…resulting in the creation of my first ray guns (rayguns) and rocket ships (rocketships).  Happily, one of the rocket ships–after being entered in the NASA/Etsy Contest for artwork inspired by Outer Space–made it to the finals of the competition and has now joined the NASA collection!  How cool is that?

Rocket 1 big

rocket-sideways-2

Rocket Ship 1: The Sky’s No Limit

Design and beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and assembly by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, thread, wood, rock crystal (calcite dal’nagorsk, Russia)

H.: 9 1/2″

Exhibited: (2006-07) Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA; (2006, 2007) SOFA (Chicago)

Private collection, Delaware

 Grigsby Beadwork - Rocket (Re-Entry)

Rocket Ship 2: Re-Entry (or Monday)

Design and beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and assembly by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, thread, wood

H.: 12″

Competition: NASA & Etsy 2010-11 Space Craft Contest: Finalist, 3D artwork

NASA (National Aeronautics & Space Administration) Collection

Eclipse Teapot

Design, beadwork (peyote stitch) and painting by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodwork and gilding by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass seed beads, thread, wood, acrylic paint, gilding

H.: 7 ½”; L.: 10 ¾”; W.: 3 3/8”

Created for The Morgan Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.  The 4th Annual Teapots! Invitational (April-June 2010)

Published: Kurt Shaw’s “Artists Create Tempests in Teapots Exhibit” for online TRIB LIVE: A&E (Pittsburgh Tribune Review, April 25, 2010, see http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/s_677691.html); “Seen: Pittsburgh Gallery Overflows with Teapots” for online GLASS Quarterly Hotsheet (April 2010, see http://blog.glassquarterly.com/2010/04/13/seen-pittsburgh-gallery-overflows-with-teapots/.)

Private collection, Pennsylvania

Grigsby Beadwork - Raygun

Ray Gun, No. 1

Design and beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, thread, wood

L.: 7″

Exhibited: Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA; SOFA (Chicago)

Private Collection, Arizona

Ray Gun, No. 2

Beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and form design by Lindsay & Iain Grigsby

Glass beads, wood, thread

L.: 7”

Exhibited: (2006) Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA; (2006) SOFA (Chicago)

Private Collection

Grigsby Beadwork - Raygun

Ray Gun, No. 3

Beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and form design by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, wood, thread

L.: 8 1/4”

Private Collection

Published: Suzanne Golden Presents: 35 Artists Innovate with Beads, by Lark Books (Sterling Publishing, NYC), April 2013, p96.

Ray Gun, No. 4

Beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and form design by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, wood, thread

L.: approx. 7”

Exhibited: (2010) Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

Private collection

Raygun 5 - side 1

Ray Gun, No. 5

Beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Woodworking and form design by Lindsay Grigsby

Glass beads, wood, thread

L.: approx. 10”

Exhibited: 9th International Fiber Biennial (March 7, 2014 to April 26, 2014) at Snyderman Works Galleries, Philadelphia 

Available for purchase 

Rocket necklace overall 2 (9-07)

Rocket necklace detail 1 (9-07)

Over the Moon Necklace

Design and beadwork by Leslie B. Grigsby

Glass beads, thread, wood, rubber, twisted wire

Overall length: 14″.  Beadwork panel: 4 3/8″ X 3 1/2″

Available for Purchase


1 Response to “Outer Space (Series: Ray Guns, Rocket Ships and Eclipse)”


  1. December 28, 2013 at 5:33 am

    You would really enjoy my friend Gwynn Popovac’s beaded head dresses! Just google Gwynn Popovac.com and you will find her fabulous work! You will truly enjoy the intense beauty of these works of art. They have been displayed many places, including the Phoenix Museum of art. I am hoping that we will one day day have a showing of her art! Amazing lady as well!


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